Happy New Year and welcome to the first post of 2020! I hope everyone had a good and restful holiday season.
The New Year means goal-setting time and I’m a huge fan of setting goals for all areas of my life including friendships. I think hosting people at your home is one of the best ways to strengthen those relationships. While it certainly doesn’t need to be a black-tie affair (unless that's your jam), I would challenge you to consider hosting at least a couple of gatherings this year. These are some of my favorite types of parties to both attend and host.
A Viewing Party: Viewing parties are a great excuse to get your friends together. You can host a viewing party for the première of your favorite show (even better if it’s streaming, so you can watch a few episodes) or for an award show or even your favorite movie. These parties center around a shared piece of media, so they can be a great opportunity to bring friends from different friend groups together because they will automatically have something to talk about. Make sure to provide some snacks to munch on during the viewing, even better if they are on theme.
A Dinner Party: Dinner parties are one of the best ways to gather your friends together. The idea of preparing a meal for so many people can sometimes overwhelm people, but there are so many ways to turn this daunting task into something more manageable. I have a whole series on hosting your first dinner party.
A Brunch Party: On the opposite end of the day, you have a brunch party. I like to think of this as the millennialized version of a dinner party. My favorite part is the menu! Brunch food tends to be a little less fussy than a dinner menu and we’re all about simple and delicious. Have a little fun with it! Encourage guests to come in their PJs, set-up a mimosa bar, and make sure to have lots of coffee available.
A non-Christmas Holiday Party: While I do love a good Christmas party, you don’t have to wait until December to host a holiday party. I love hosting events for other holidays like Halloween or the Fourth of July, but even more nontraditional holidays like Groundhogs Day or National Popcorn Day can be fun. We support any excuse to get together and a good theme always makes a party more fun.
An Activity-Based Party- These nights center on doing something and are a great way to learn something new while catching up with friends. One fun idea is doing something like flower arranging or cookie decorating, a skill where everyone will get to take home their creation at the end of the night. Another option (that’s good for everyone’s wallets and the environment) is hosting a clothing or book exchange. You can find lots of information online about the specifics of how to host this party. Or keep it super simple and just host a game night. Regardless of the activity, having something planned to do during the party ensures everyone stays busy and has something to talk about and it takes a little pressure off you as the host.