How To Host A Killer House Party | MF Guide

By Sama Ankolkar December 24, 2018
House parties are the best if you know how to plan them.

It’s the festive season, so it’s time we put on our best moods, spread some cheer, invite people over and make merry. Are you inviting peeps over and are a little lost as to how to go about it? Well, you don’t have to look too far, we’ve put together a quick guide to walk you through this, ensuring that your party will be one walking down lots of memory lanes. 

Ambience 

It is important to keep in mind that your guests need to be comfortable for them to have a good time. Take a good look at your guest list and figure out how you would like your evening to be. 

  • Take a look at the room/terrace/space where you’re having your party. Moving around the furniture a bit, separating the dancing, drinking and dining area is a smart thing to do, so that people aren’t bumping into each other while trying to eat dinner. 
  • If it’s a sit-down dinner, you could have some soft music playing in the background making it pleasant for everyone and yet not too loud that it overshadows conversation. 
  • Creating an ambience that spells comfort and style is your key to entertaining well. Once you find that balance, you’ll be remembered for each party you host.
The ambience has to be uber comfortable for a good time.

The ambience has to be uber comfortable for a good time.

Make a list.

Creating a guest list is your foremost step. 

  • Knowing the number of people you will be hosting gives you a sense of how big or small, quiet or noisy your party is going to be. 
  • It also allows you to be able to check whether your guests would be able to mingle or not and with a quick glance at the list, you will also be able base a judgement on the majority preferences in terms of food and alcohol. 
What all do you need to do to host a house party? List that down.

What all do you need to do to host a house party? List that down.

Plan your menu.

Now, whether it’s a house party or it’s a formal dinner at home, food is always going to be served. 

  • When it’s an evening mainly dominated by alcohol, it is always easier to have a number of different things to munch on along with the cocktails and have the main course as one single, wholesome dish. 
  • Dips, cold cuts, canapes, finger food are great to have around the house. Not only do they make pretty plates, they get wiped clean quickly, leaving less room for wastage! 
  • They help in lining the stomach well, so if you’re planning a night of serious alcohol guzzling, make sure your guests have well-lined stomachs to avoid some sloppiness through the course of the night. 

Sit down dinners are a different story. Make sure that there’s enough of everything that suits most palettes. 

  • A salad at the table always adds refreshment, the appetisers could be of different variety and one could always think of different ways to serve the main course. 
  • The way your food is plated always adds a touch of personalisation, so if you’re into hosting dinners, a detailed look into this would up your party by several notches. 
Plan the food carefully

Plan the food carefully

Drinks 

This is probably the most important part of your party. 

  • Make sure you have enough mixers, ice and water for everyone. 
  • There’s always a lot of wastage at parties so you need to be smart about how you serve the alcohol. 
  • If you don’t have a bartender and most people are making their own drinks, lay them out somewhere easily accessible and spacious because most people tend to crowd around the bar.
  • Have enough ice buckets around so that there aren’t too many people trying to grab at one. 
  • Take out the bottles one at a time so that a new one is consumed once the previous one is over. 
  • Also, have lots of water because everyone needs to remain hydrated!!
A mix of drinks and food

A mix of drinks and food

Décor 

We all love pretty places. It sets the mood for the evening, it helps put people at ease and just elevates the entire night. It is very easy to pretty up your place while hosting people, without spending a bomb. 

  • The first step is lighting, try to keep only your lamps on or if this is too dark, throw in a few strands of fairy lights. 
  • Next up, buy some fresh flowers and set up bouquets all around. You can also enhance these decorations by placing candles near the flowers.

So there you have it. It really isn’t too difficult to do this if you organise yourself well. There are small hacks that help you deal with the stress of parties:

  • Try to hire someone to help you out with the set-up, serving, cooking and of course cleaning. 
  • Have multiple dustbins around and choose recyclable cups versus glass ones. 
  • Keep your eye on the clock so that you know when to serve dinner and when to kick everyone out, but most importantly, don’t forget to have fun!