Entertaining season is upon us. But if you're a true host, you already knew that. In fact, you never really stopped partying since last year's "entertaining season" began. Every new day brings with it an opportunity to roll out the welcome mat (and the bar cart, of course) and show the world your entertaining chops. (After all, the party never actually happened if it wasn't posted on Instagram, right?)
You're a veritable hosting pro and with that comes these 12 pearls of party hosting wisdom that you've learned over the years.
- You know more about your friends's schedules than they do. With vacations and weddings and birthday parties already on the calendar, you still somehow always come up with the perfect date to entertain.
- There are only four words to describe your Pinterest account: Party. Inspo. On. Fleek.
- You know that when it comes to party prep, there are two things there are never enough of: Time and ice.
- You never expect a hostess gift. But you would be lying if you said you aren't even a little disappointed at those friends who show up empty handed. Really, guys? Not even one bottle of bubbly?
- You'll almost always decline offers to help, but will secretly judge guests who don't ask.
- Speaking of judging, when you're at other parties you constantly have to remind yourself to turn off the judgey face. It's not other hostesses fault they aren't quite up to your standard.
- You've learned to stay away from complicated cocktails unless you can make a giant batch beforehand. If you don't, you'll spend the whole party with a cocktail shaker in hand refilling drinks over and over again instead of showing off the true range of your hostess skills.
- You always keep an extra place setting or two on hand. No matter how many times you urge your friends to RSVP, someone will show up announced or with a one they met on the walk over.
- You know just which shortcuts to take when it comes to getting your home in order. (No, it doesn't involve matching your hand towels to your bathroom paint. No one will notice that.)
- You're never surprised when one of your friends calls you up for party planning advice. You may not be a professional event planner, but you have so much experience with your own parties why wouldn't they turn to you for help?
- And when it's your turn as guest, your wine or spirit of choice should be something YOU'D actually drink. (In other words: Don't show up with the drug store special and then beeline to the host's top shelf.)
- You'll promise that friend you haven't seen since last year an epic catch-up session at your upcoming event, but alas, there's only so much of you to go around.