If when you’re no longer in school, knowing you’ve thrown an awesome party makes you feel like the coolest kid in town. Part of that is because the art of throwing a great party never gets old (although, admittedly, the intensity of these parties do tend to dwindle as we get a little older!).
Parents tend to have so little time to themselves that it can be really difficult finding the time to catch up with friends. But parents should make sure they have a little break every so often, and it’s not something they should feel guilty about. So set a date and get your friends round for an amazing get-together. Here’s what you should consider to make the night really comfortable and fun!
Send the kids away
Okay, there are other options. You could get the kids involved in the festivities, or you could try keeping the noise down after they’ve gone to bed. But it may simply be more prudent to send them to a trusted family member’s place for the night! Not only does this mean that you won’t disturb the kids’ sleep or have to modify things to include them – it also means you get the break we mentioned in the opening of this article. Seriously, don’t feel guilty about it. It helps all of you in the long run because it helps you destress – and this is very important for a healthy family.
Get entertainment and food sorted
One of the problems with throwing a get-together is the fact that a good host throws together a bunch of great food for their guests – which can, of course, turn into its own stressful task! You can work together to cook up some great snacks and meals, or you could resort to some quality takeout to ensure speed and correct portions. The television can come in very handy; you could rent a film or watch a hot sports event. In fact, you can kill two birds with one stone with the Dinner is Coming campaign, which combines TV entertainment with takeout food! If you want to give the entertainment system a boost, then invest in some great speakers or even look into upgrading your TV.
Make some space
There are always ways to make more space for guests. A lot of people worry about the size of their living rooms when it comes to hosting a get-together. But the key to ensuring everyone is comfortable is removing any items you don’t need in the living room and temporarily placing them in a bedroom or the garage. You don’t want things to get too cramped; this will make people feel a bit too hot and uncomfortable. In fact, now might be a good time to look into really cleaning your home up. Get decluttering to ensure you’re permanently rid of things you don’t need. Sorting out a small kitchen can also come in very handy, because house parties always seem to end up with loads of people hanging out in the kitchen! (Maybe that’s because it’s where the drinks tend to be…)
Disclosure: collaborative post.