Episode 5: Hostess With The Mostest: What Would Martha Do?
Up until now, the question that plagues every woman’s mind when it comes to hosting guests is, “what would Martha do?” But no longer. In this week’s episode, we share our best tips and tricks for being the hostess with the mostest, and we think we could give Martha Stewart a run for her money with a little help from some hostessing gurus along the way.
Make sure you, as the hostess, are dressed and ready before your guests arrive. People would rather walk in while you’re still preparing last minute dishes than have to wait awkwardly while you’re in the bathroom getting dressed. (Thanks for this tip, Shauna)
When you’re having a dinner party, schedule out your day/when to cook each course in order to make your day run more smoothly and keep you from being in your bathrobe when guests show up.
If you have dishes you don’t want to clean before people come over but you don’t want them in the sink, throw them in the oven.
Always have an empty dishwasher when people come over so you can toss dirty dishes in after a meal for a quick clean up.
You don’t have to be a top chef in order to have people over for dinner- don’t be above crockpot meals, ya’ll.
Baguette + Boursin = HEAVEN
Don’t be afraid to ask your guests to contribute to the meal.
Keep a bottle of Poo-Pourii on the back of your toilet for your guests...you just never know (also, extra toilet paper).
Make sure you have a candle lit and music playing before your guests arrive. Even if nothing else is ready, you give a good first impression. Make sure it’s not too loud and never use a candle for the first time when your guests come over (according to Mona). Thanks, wick cutter
Ambient lighting goes a long way.
A little festivity goes a long way- it’s all in presentation.
Designate ahead of time which food goes in which dish by writing it down on a slip of paper and putting it in the dish. This will keep you from scrambling at the last minute and save you from unnecessary dish washing.
What can you make ahead of time to lessen the stress on the day of your event?
Guests will appreciate feeling at home more than they will appreciate the cleanliness of your home.
It helps to have someone who can go to the store for you at the last minute.
Have a signature drink for when people come over. Sharing a bottle of wine creates a shared experience. And making these cocktails are festive and fun. Our current favorites are: Rosito- 1 oz simple syrup, ½ oz lime juice, muddle mint leaves, top with rose and ice Gypsy- red wine + diet coke (again, thanks Rachel Hollis).
Orrrr ask your guests to BYOB- this allows you to try new yummy drinks you may not have had before. And if people are going to consume alcohol at your house, offer to pay for an uber or for them to sleep at your house.
Provide your overnight guests with miniature amenities. And fresh water. And a tray.
- Have your wifi password displayed nicely for your guests to see.