Sometimes, it feels like our friends and family are always in our life. The stars just align, and it seems like we’re always together. But then there are other times — which seem to be more often than not — when life just gets in the way, and we’re too busy doing our own thing. It can be weeks, or even months, before we’re able to spend some quality time together. That’s why it’s important to carve out time in the schedule to be together, and what better way to do it than by hosting your family at your home? Below, we’ll take a look at some useful tips for ensuring your get together is a success.
Give Some Notice
You’ll want as many of your loved ones to be there as possible, so be sure to give as much notice as possible. As we mentioned above, people can be pretty busy, so it’s not always possible to organize a last-minute thing. Look at hosting some at least two weeks in the future, more if they live further away. It’ll give them time to get it in the diary.
Set the Scene
Your home is suitable for you and your immediate family, so it won’t automatically be suitable for a larger gathering. You can prep the home by thinking about where you’ll all gather, and clearing the space (though of course leave tables and chairs). As well as providing the space, look at making your home look extra inviting and suitable for a small party. This can involve buying flowers, adding fairy lights, and, of course, engaging in a spot of deep cleaning. As well as making your home inviting for your guests, it’ll also put you in the mood for the party too.
Prepare the Food
It’s not a party without food, right? You’ll find that everyone’s happier when they’ve got a full stomach and that they have the energy to chat and have fun for longer, too. Instead of preparing a formal meal plan, it’s best to prepare a large pot of food that people can help themselves too. Look up a good chili or piccadillo recipe, and make it available to anyone that’s hungry. As well as the food, don’t forget about the drinks — it’s best to stock up some beer, wine, spirits, and soft drinks, so everyone can drink what they like.
Add the Fun
You’ll likely be able to chat the whole night away, but since this is something of a special occasion, look at mixing things up somewhat. One way to do this is to have some games handy for everyone to play. These can be board games or card games, or even more interactive options (such as Pictionary).
Make it Convenient
Finally, make sure it’s convenient for everyone. There’s nothing worse than people holding back on having fun because they know they need to drive somewhere. If that’s the case, make your guest room available — you’ll find that your family members are a lot more relaxed.
*This is a contributed post. While Amber didn’t write it, she has approved it for you all.