Whenever I host an event, I think about every detail & try to imagine how the whole night will go so I don’t forget anything. Do they always turn out how I imagined? No. But I’ve always felt pretty good about it once the last dish has been cleaned and the last of the trash taken out. Being a good hostess requires you to not only think about the event, but also to anticipate the needs of your guests.. For example: an unexpected bathroom emergency that could otherwise embarrass someone.. if you catch my drift? Pun intended. Haha. Whether this is your first time hosting or you’ve been around the block a few times, I thought a checklist for your home may be helpful–this is meant to be done in the last hour or so before your guests arrive!
- CHECK SEATING
If there isn’t enough room for everyone to have a seat, grab a few throw pillows and blankets for the floor.
- ADJUST LIGHTING
Open the blinds and turn on the lights for lunch, or light candles & dim the lights for evening (don’t forget the candle by the front door!)
- SET OUT TABLE GAMES
People can use them before the meal is served or after when you’re looking for something to do between the main event & dessert.
After a whole day of cooking, all the surfaces could use one last wipe down while everything is finishing in the oven.
- DO THE DISHES
If there are any dishes left in the sink, get them washed or put in the dishwasher so you can run it and have an empty washer to put the meal’s dishes straight in.
- CHECK ICE MAKER
Cocktails aren’t as important as the meal, but they’re a close second.. Check to make sure the ice maker is working properly so no one has to go with a lukewarm drink.
- WIPE DOWN TOILET
The bathroom should have been deep-cleaned prior to this, so one last wipe down is all that’s necessary.
- STOCK THE TP & AIR FRESHENER
You don’t want anyone to have to ask for either of these two things; don’t worry if you have to put them under the sink–guaranteed they’ll look there if it’s not out.
- SWITCH HAND TOWEL
No one wants to reach for a sour towel to dry their clean hands, so switch to a freshly washed one!
- LIGHT CANDLE
Just as a candle is a pleasant greeting at the front door, it’s just as welcome if not more in the bathroom.. & something about the flickering light makes your house immediately feel more homey.
I’m off to get the rest of our house ready for my parents’ visit.. Have a great Thanksgiving and don’t forget to step back & enjoy all your hard work!!