Introduction to Elegant Entertaining: How to be a gracious host.
"Any excuse for a party!" - elegantwoman.org
"Celebrate life, or it will pass you by. " - unknown
One of the most elegant traits of an elegant woman is when she is a gracious host.
Being a gracious host is all about serving others, being generous and investing her time in relationships of her friends and family
A good party does not happen by chance. It requires planning, a bit of legwork, some cooking and cleaning. It takes considerable effort to make a guest list, follow up, organize the rsvps. It also costs money!
Not all parties are equally entertaining.
The Marks of A Good Party?
When every one is comfortable, have sufficient space to mingle, has interesting conversation, is well fed, has easy access to drinks etc. just to name a few.
Elegant Entertaining Inspirations
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Why should we learn how to entertain? Firstly, it is an elegant skill. Secondly, they are creating memories. A life fulfilled is a life shared.
Spend time, not money on materials on holiday traditions.
Cook, eat, drink, and gather your loved ones. Create rituals of celebration. Pass them on. It is the tradition of celebration!
I agree that it seems commercial ... these birthdays, anniversaries, valentine's day, Christmas...
Then I asked myself, if I did not have these little commercial dates, would I have made the effort to celebrate my beloved friends and family?
Maybe, or not? Who knows whether I'll remember to show appreciation on mother's day or not? So now I just see these celebrations just as an organized way of making sure I lavish all my love and attention on my mom or dad at least once a year.
The Benefits of Elegant Entertaining
If you have moved into a new town, it's a good way to meet new people and introduce yourself to the new community.
It is also a way to enrich your business networks and relationships. That is why companies set aside an entertaining budget for team building or gaining clients
You'll leverage your time by meeting all your friends at once.
You'll create a memory. I remember all my parties. They give an excuse to take fabulous photos too!
It is also a good motivator to tidy up the house! As your dinner party looms close, you'll find yourself going that extra mile your house needs.
As Debra Ollivier says, there need not be any logical reason to celebrate - to clink glasses in a simple fete!
Your party hosting is also about presenting yourself. You want to do it in a tasteful way.
Forget the six-packs of beer and economy-size of chips.
Forget the plastic cutlery and paper plates.
And please forget parties with no music or decorations.
Most of all, let your parties be remembered with pleasantness not effortless, sloppy parties!
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