Ideas for Hosting a Get-Together With Friends
Hosting a night in at your home gives friends a special kind of welcome that doesn’t exist in more neutral settings. It tells others that your door is open and your home is a place for friendships to grow. We have a few ideas for hosting a get-together with friends so that you are always ready for a well-planned gathering or a quick little shindig.
A get-together doesn’t have to have a theme, but if there is time to do a little planning, they can be fun. Consider a cooking night where everyone brings an ingredient from an assigned recipe and you all cook together—it will bring out the chef in some and laughter in the ones who would otherwise avoid the kitchen.
Hosting a liquor tasting event can be casual, or you could ask everyone to dress up and make it a fancy tasting evening with the finest liquors. Game nights with snacks and drinks are the perfect way to get to know each other better and relax. See what else you can come up with, or ask friends to pitch in some ideas.
Stock the Refrigerator and Pantry
The best host is the one who can accept last-minute guests. Have your pantry ready so that friends know they can just show up at your doorstep. Keep chips, pretzels, and crackers at the ready. You can pull cheese and dips out of the refrigerator quickly for snacking or a light meal. Also, soda is an excellent option for those who don’t want to drink alcohol.
Stock Your Liquor Supply
Mixing drinks with friends is a lot of fun and creates a relaxed atmosphere. Keep the basics supplied in your home, such as vodka, whiskey, and gin, so guests can always come up with something to drink. Also, having bitters, simple syrup, and tonic or soda for mixing is helpful. Don’t forget your wine- and beer-drinking friends. When the wine rack gets low, restock. Some people choose to keep a small refrigerator just for beer so that it is always on hand.
Set the Mood in Your Home
What is the first impression guests get when they walk into your home? Think about how you, as a guest, would like to feel on Saturday night at a friend’s house. Most likely, the answer is relaxed, welcomed, and casual. Sure, you want your home clean for guests, but be careful not to make it so sterile that they are afraid to sit down.
Offer plenty of comfy seating. Make sure guests know they can literally put their feet up. No one is comfortable in a home that feels like a museum. Tell guests to please make themselves at home, and make sure they understand you mean it.
Using these ideas for hosting a get-together with friends will create fun evenings together and a lifetime of friendship.
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