May 20

Party Mom

A parent at a soccer game seemed stunned that I offered to host the team party the night before we are also hosting the 8th grade graduation party. I hear this a lot. People intimidated by entertaining. So here’s my crash course in party-giving.

Here’s what you need to do to host a party:

  • You need to invite the guests
  • You need to know if the guests have a food restriction so no one gets sick
  • You need to figure out a menu that’s simple to serve
  • You need to have places for people to sit
  • Music is a plus. An ipod with a nice playlist is A-OK
  • You need to be in a good mood and greet your guests warmly when they arrive
  • You need to tell them before they leave that you are so glad they were able to join you
  • You need to have fun

Here’s what you don’t need to do to host a party:

  • You don’t need to worry about the state of your house
  • You don’t need fancy dishes
  • You don’t need to impress anyone
  • You don’t need to please everyone
  • You don’t need to worry about everything being perfect
  • You don’t need to serve a complicated or expensive meal
  • You don’t need to be a great cook
  • You don’t need know how to throw a party

Life is short. Throw a party.