Feeling more put together instantly is what I like to call, an indigo day. It’s the whole motto behind this entire blog. I truly believe that feeling a little more put-together does not have to be complicated or hard. And what you do may make you feel better, may not work for someone else and vice versa. These little tips and hacks can be a part of your beauty routine, your home, how you get dressed and everything in between. Some of these are tips that I personally swear by, and some are from the Indigoers of this community.
As part of my 5 week series of my best tips, this week is all about my go-to tips and tricks for feeling more put-together when hosting or entertaining. It’s the little tricks and things you do to set yourself up for success to make your next get-together feel a little more put-together and less chaotic.
Tips To Feel More Put Together When Hosting
Have A Go-To Cocktail
No matter who stops by unannounced or for extended stays, having a go-to cocktail you can confidently whip up is a great hostess trick. I personally love to make guests a Moscow Mule, or a margarita. I always have the ingredients on hand. Keeping mini cans of ginger beer, or tonic water, or whatever, in your fridge or pantry will also help to allow you to whip up a great cocktail in no time. Even if it’s just a vodka tonic!
Make A Checklist
Whether you’re hosting friends for the weekend, or a Thanksgiving meal, make a checklist to ensure you don’t forget a thing. You may think you’re on top of it all, but you don’t want to miss anything. If the prep can’t be done in just one day, add it to your calendar to knock out over a few days. And even break it down that way. For hosting Thanksgiving as an example, I’d set the table days ahead, do the grocery shopping in advance, and plan out prepping dishes accordingly. Some can be done a day or two in advance, while others may need to be done last minute. Plan it out!
Yes, delegate! It’s totally fine to say you need help. Especially when it comes to hosting big holiday meals. Assign dessert and a side or salad to a friend and enjoy knocking those things off your to-do list. A good rule of thumb is to at least assign out dessert. Delegating an appetizer, wine or an important side may just cause added stress. Dessert is at the end of the meal and not a big deal if that person isn’t right on time.
Create A Drink Station
So you aren’t in charge of pouring everyone a drink, or whipping up fancy cocktails, make a drink station if you’re having more than a handful of people over. It allows them help themselves, frees up your hands and keeps the party moving. Keep the drink station simple though. There’s no need to put out every single liquor or garnish. You can even keep it super simple with a signature cocktail that’s pre-mixed allowing them to pour and go. Then just add in a white and red wine and call it a day.
Tips For Having House Guests
Leave The Coffee Out
When having overnight guests, you don’t want to leave them hanging if they wake up earlier than you do. Set your house up to help out guests with a few essentials like leaving the coffee maker out and easy to access. Including the coffee and mugs! A little tray on your counter with the essentials is a nice way to welcome your guests and they can help themselves to their morning cup of coffee.
A Perfect Guest Bedroom
How I wish to have a big house one day to actually have guest bedrooms for friends to stay over. But if I were to have one, this is what I’d do. I’d deck that room and bathroom out as best I could. Extra towels, especially washcloths and hand towels, and provide an eye mask in case your room doesn’t have black-out curtains. If you’re big drinkers, you may want to also leave a bottle of water and some Advil on the nightstand for a little hangover prevention. And don’t forget to leave a little note with the wi-fi info!
Have Snacks Readily Available
Even though you may feel welcome in someone’s home, I get the feeling of being hungry and not wanting to raid their pantry. Leave out some easy snacks that guests can munch on that don’t require them to dig through your cabinets. A few bowls of nuts, pretzels or candies. And a big bowl of fresh fruit to grab is great. Having a few things out will make your guests feel like they can grab and go as they please. Making them feel even more at home.