Entertaining in your home is one of those pass times that sounds great, but once you get into the party, it can be stressful, making sure everyone is having a good time.
Have a look at our tips for being the perfect hostess;
Your guests will take their cues from you. If you're laughing and having a good time yourself, your guests will relax and have a good time, too. Do as much cleaning before hand as it takes to make you feel that the house is presentable.
What you wear also conveys mood to your guests. If you're constantly fiddling with straps, or readjusting things, it will convey nervousness to your guests and they will begin to feel uncomfortable.
Share the work
Don't think that you can keep all your guests happy and entertained, mingle, talk to people and actually enjoy the party yourself. There's actually a lot of work involved in keeping a party running smoothly.
Find willing volunteers and allocate tasks to them. Ask someone to play DJ and make sure there's always some music on. Get someone else to be a bartender for the night and make sure there are always drinks and ice available.
Know your guests
Make sure you think about who's coming when you plan the party. If there are elderly guests, make sure there's somewhere for them to sit. If people will be bringing children, make sure there's a safe place for them to play. If you're serving food - find out whether anyone has food allergies and make sure the food they can eat is kept away from the food they can't.
If the majority of your guest list is over 50, then you may want to keep the Nu-Metal and Hip Hop to a minimum on the playlist.
Talk to people
If you're hosting a party, you can't simply lay everything out and hide in a corner, hoping your guests will be the life of the party. They will take their mood from you, so if you get out there and talk to people, they will talk back and talk to each other, hopefully.
To get people to think it's a great party, it's important that you get to your guests and act like it's a great party.
Essentially, if you've done everything you can to ensure that your guests are relaxed, and made their comfort top priority, then everyone will have a good time, without being entirely sure why.
There's a saying in the catering trade, that a Good hostess is like a Swan - Cool, calm and graceful where people can see, but pedalling like there's no tomorrow where people can't.
Remember that even the best laid plans sometimes go awry. If someone is determined to be miserable, then there's nothing you can do to stop them - Concentrate on making sure the other guests are enjoying the party