There is nothing like unwinding with friends in an inspired setting from time to time. But if you often feel overwhelmed or simply put off by all that goes into hosting a gathering, we are here to help! We love the idea of breaking out of routine for some old school socialization, and with every get together comes a list of things we love – like pretty frocks, an inspired menu, and engaging conversation. What’s not to love, right?
Feeling like being social in real time is a lost art, or the post party clean up is simply not worth it? We sympathize, but want to make sure to get you back in the game with some super helpful tips that will make your next gathering a smashing success, and will ultimately make clean-up a cinch.
We’ve partnered with Delta Faucet to round up a few ways to tackle your next social gathering. These tips cover everything from planning to menus to post-party clean up. Here’s 8 Ways to Plan for Your Next Gathering:
Staging – Be sure to designate and organize a clean-up space before the event kicks off. This area will help guests know where to leave dirty dishes and glassware without the guess work. Who likes random empty cups everywhere? Not us! An area in your kitchen – perhaps next to your Delta Faucet, is a great clean-up station.
Bar Envy – When it comes to beverages, keep it simple with one signature cocktail. From there, mix it up with an equal offering of soft drinks, water, and wine. Overall, keep it simple, which means less clutter and dirty glassware to tidy.
Tidy as You Tango – Start with a clean sweep before your guests arrive, ensuring a tidy party space. As things pick up, don’t hesitate to move dirty dishes and glassware to your designated cleaning station. Picking up as you go will make late evening clean up that much easier. Just don’t get swept up in a mess, and ignore your guests!
Pot Luck Love – Everyone knows and appreciates how much work can go into hosting a gathering. Don’t hesitate to ask guests to bring their favorite appetizer or party food. Not only will everyone love the variety, but dishes will most likely go back to where they came from. Remember if someone leaves a dish behind to kindly clean it and return to them at a later date.
Plus One – Looking to expand your social network? Encourage friends to bring a plus one! It’s a great way to meet new people and you just never know what they’ll bring to the overall experience. Remember that meeting new people is fun!
Custom Hashtag – Party on social media too! Include a designated hashtag for your event on all correspondence. Encourage guests to hashtag when the inevitable selfie or dessert spread uploads, that way everyone can follow along, or simply relive the fun the next morning.
Keep it Clean, Please – Don’t let accidental spills ruin your newest shag rug investment. Keep a stash of your favorite cleaning products on hand, and if a messy spill takes place, be swift, be discreet, and then get back to the fun.
Have F-U-N! The best tip possible is to simply have fun. Make the most of your efforts and simple enjoy your party and guests. Small messes are inevitable, but don’t let them get in the way of a great time and wonderful memories with friends.
Now that we’ve shared some simple tips to help you host a smashing get-together, all you need to do is gather friends and make it happen! Be sure to set up that simple clean-up station inspired by Delta Faucets to help keep your space tidy and awesome. Once the fun is all cleaned up, you’ll just want to do it all over again! Cheers!
Why do people treat mess like it’s a bad thing? It’s actually the evidence of a life well lived. When you’re out there making, creating, doing and playing, embrace your #HappiMess and let Delta kitchen and bath innovations help clean up so you can do it all again tomorrow.
Styling: Denell Pepin
Photography for Best Friends For Frosting by Megan Belanger