Entertaining Etiquette isn’t just about eating and drinking. It is also an opportunity to show people how much you care and to make them feel special and appreciated.
There are many different reasons for entertaining – casual get togethers with friends, quality time with your family or avenues through which you can build business alliances. Each one of them provides you with an opportunity to show off your elegant home and tasteful surroundings, no matter how small your residence may be!
Whether you enjoy cooking or not, as you mature you will have to reciprocate by entertaining with ease and acting as host to your family, friends and business acquaintances and it is important that you make the occasion a pleasant and memorable one.
Entertaining can range from arranging a picnic on a summers afternoon to cooking a four course meal in a formal dinner party situation.
Nowadays though, most entertaining is less formal and the rules are much more flexible. You will need to consider the ingredients that go into making the occasion successful – invites, food, environment and, most important of all, the mixture of guests. Each one though, no matter how informal, still needs careful thought and preparation in good time to avoid last minute rushing and stressing, ensuring you entertain with ease.
You also need to consider how your actions and behaviour affect the mood of the event – if you are relaxed, well groomed and enthusiastic your guests are more likely to have a good time.
I have been to several dinner parties where so much effort has gone into the food and preparation but the host looks exhausted and stressed. Ideally, the occasion should come across as effortless, but this can be easier said than done!
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