Happy belated solstice, friends! With summer officially in full swing, 86% of you are gearing up to host family and friends.
What makes a perfect get-together? 81% said the food, followed by company (64%) and drinks (53%). All three together are the perfect party trifecta, of course.
With food topping the charts, most had grilling on the mind, with cookouts or barbecues capturing 61% of the vote.
For those drink lovers, beer, wine and soft drinks were the most popular serving options at 70%. Cocktails and mocktails took the other third of the vote.
But 14% said they didn’t like to host. Cleaning (before and after the party) was the most mentioned reason, with getting people to leave at the end of the night following close behind.
Other challenges included not having enough space to entertain, not having the budget, and having difficulty finding a time and day that works for everyone.
For the hosts, getting people together to have a good time outweigh all the struggles. Many also said they enjoyed organizing and being in charge.
“You have a bit more control over the entire event, such as music choices, foods, and drinks when you host the get-together rather than attend as a guest,” said Allie W.
Hosts and attendees could agree on one thing, however: potlucks are the best.
Many of our non-hosts did say that they’d never tried to host before, for a variety of reasons. We gathered a few top tips to share with them, in hopes that this summer will bring their first hosting adventure:
- Plan ahead. “Organize everything while planning so you know it’s all together,” said Jill M. “Make yourself a little list and check things off as you get them done.”
- Have plenty of food. “Good food is the best thing for a get-together,” said Amanda S. “It keeps everyone happy and their stomach’s full.” (Plus, it’s always better to have too much food than not enough!)
- Ask for help. “Get everyone to pitch in so you’re not as stressed while hosting,” said Christine C.
“Just have fun and don’t take things too seriously,” said Melissa B. “Make sure to enjoy your company and not get too caught up in trying to please your guests!”
Ready to host? Tell us about your next summer get-together! We’d love for you to share this post with friends who love to host, and keep sharing your best party tips.