Entertaining Essentials Every Good Host Should Have
When it comes to hosting a great event, you need to have all the essentials and all bases covered.
From the type of food and drinks you serve, tech to set the mood, and anything you may need in case something unexpected happens.
Entertaining can be hard and sometimes stressful but can be so much fun and rewarding. In this post, you’ll find all the entertaining essentials every good host should have to throw an epic shindig!
Having good lighting that sets the mood is a must. Having smart bulbs that you can control with the touch of a finger makes setting the tone easier.
If you are planning for a more intimate night, you can lower the lights and change the color to make the ambiance more intimate.
In case you’re throwing a party with a dance floor and all, you can set the bulbs to party mode and they will change colors with the music you are playing.
It is much easier to invest in these energy-efficient LED bulbs than renting or buying lights for just one night.
Plus, you can use them beyond just entertaining and for everyday use.
Emergency Tech Survival Kit
Events and get-togethers tend to not always go as expected. That is why it is always a good idea to be a few steps ahead.
Whether it’s having different types of charging cables or portable power banks for your guests to keep their phones charged.
You never know when a storm can hit and leave you all in the dark. It’s always wise to have an emergency tech survival kit on hand.
The kit can include flashlights, batteries, device adapters, and other items to suit all your tech needs. Depending on the severity of the situation, you have a pouch ready to bug out with all your important info too.
Having a large serving platter, a nice set of flatware, cheese knives and cheese boards, serving bowls, neutral decor, napkins, and tableware is a must.
That way you can serve charcuterie boards, snacks, appetizers, main dishes, etc. With neutral decor and tableware, you are ready for any celebration because they match everything.
While it may be tempting to get fancy china or patterned plate sets, start with a plain white set. It matches any theme.
Depending on the type of party you are throwing, always have takeaway containers, disposable plates, cups, and cutlery on hand.
Investing in beautiful glassware makes all the difference when it comes to serving cocktails and mocktails.
Buy a carafe to let your wine breathe. They have them in all different styles and don’t forget the wine opener and glasses.
Fill an ice bucket and have a water pitcher handy.
Water is something that all guests will want at one point. Having it self-serve makes it easier for everyone!
A Good Set of Speakers
Once you have all the essentials, the table filled with goodies, and drinks ready to go— it’s time to get the party started.
A good set of speakers is perfect to play Happy Birthday, play background music, or pump up the mood with party music.
There are plenty of speakers to choose from, you can even use a smart speaker that is incredibly useful. Choose one that works for you and you’re set to go for any gathering and for everyday use too!
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Ready to Entertain?
Having all the items on this list is awesome but, food and drink are just as important! Below is a quick list of things to pick up or have on hand:
- soda, wine, basic spirits, coffee, tea, water
- snacks: chips, nuts, crackers, etc.
- appetizers: finger foods, fruits, veggies, etc.
- main entree
- garbage bags
- takeaway containers
When it comes to entertaining, there is no specific rulebook. This guideline can help you get started and on your way to becoming a great host or hostess in no time!
The most important “rule” to remember though, is to have fun!
Do you have any other entertaining essentials every good host should have?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. They all share her insatiable wanderlust, enjoyment of good food, and sharing their adventures with the world. Nancy is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.