Summertime Hostess with the Mostess!

by Mindy Lockard on June 20, 2012

place setting & white dishes, peonies - home  entertaining

So often as a host or hostess, we get so caught up in the details of menus and decor that we forget to plan how to physically engage with our guests—how to greet them and introduce them to others at the party etc. Remember, the host and/or hostess is the social maestro of the event. Here are a few suggestions for conducting a well-planned event that puts your guests at ease and encourages them to connect with one another.

  1. Break the ice by having a bite to eat and beverages ready when your first guest arrives.
  2. Planning ahead allows you to be present, so you can focus on your guest and not be shoveling ice into glasses as your guests are arriving at the door. It makes for a rather awkward entrance an wet icy handshake.
  3. Bring people together by making introductions. And when you do, share their names and a little information about each of the guests.

Example: “Mary, I’d like to introduce you to Jane Johnson a friend of mine from college.Jane, this is Mary Morris and she’s a avid runner too!”

4. Mix up your guests by using place-cards (even in the most casual settings) and seating guests away from their partner allows every one to get to know new wonderful people.

What summertime entertaining tricks do you have up your sleeve?

Also, join us for our summertime entertaining conversation over at Sheaffer Pen!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder 06.21.12 at 1:02 pm

Dearest Mindy,

These are great rules to play by. It is always only the initial breaking of the ice. From that on, everyone will be just fine.
Have a great summer yourself.
Love,
Mariette

Cathy @ Noble Pig 06.23.12 at 2:46 pm

I always greet my guests at the door with a drink…it always makes them feel special and festive!!

Mindy Lockard 06.28.12 at 8:15 am

Me too, Cathy! I always appreciate it when I’m a guest.

Mindy Lockard 06.28.12 at 8:23 am

Thank you Mariette! Agreed, it’s the breaking of the ice that only takes a moment from a hostess and puts everyone at ease. Thank you for commenting!

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