The Holiday season is approaching fast and you know what that means, social gatherings! It's the perfect excuse to indulge in food you normally stay away from and it's the most common secret way to meet a potential date. You don't have to be Martha Stewart to become a Premiere Hostess and with these five easy steps, you will add an atomic quality to your fabulous skills!
Set the Date.
Give yourself and your guests time to prepare for the evening and make it an affair! You want people to let lose, mingle and have a good time without thinking about tomorrow so set a week-end date. If you want something more intimate yet light, afternoon dates are just as fun.
The Trump Hotel in New York always smells delicious whenever I visit. The secret to their potpourri remains confidential but one thing to take away is that pleasant olfactory scents will dispose your guests favourably from the moment they walk in. A crowd pleaser, try Saje's refreshing diffuser with notes of rosemary, bergamot and peppermint. For a more masculine scent, try Penhaligon's Maduro Leaf candle.
(l) Baked Chicken nuggets stuffed with mozzarella, (c) Buffalo wing Turkey turkey lettuce wrap & (r) Pan fried healthy cinnamon bananas
Ice Breaking Games.
A social party is a great way for you to mix people from different careers and background together that would normally not cross each other's paths. To help everyone engage in conversation and to leave the anxiety many feel when meeting new people, entertain your guests with games. "Two Truths And A Lie" is a classic and easy one. Another good ice breaking game is "The Game of Things" whereas one person makes a “things” statement (for instance, “Things That Make You Smile”) and everyone else writes down an example on a piece of paper. The answers are collected and read aloud and everyone tries to guess who wrote what.
As the host, you provide an experience to your guests and set the tone for the night. Respect the three D's - Don't hover, Don't puff, Don't stress. Once you are certain that everything is set and ready, sit back and behave like a guest!
*Bonus*. Engulf your guests in evocative soundscapes with a great playlist. Alina Baraz and Galimatias Fantasy, always sets the right mood.