As the weather is cooling down, the garden parties are going to have to start moving indoors, but don’t worry – house parties are all the rage. Having a few friends, their kids, and a few more friends round to relax, drink, eat, and catch up can be a great way to spend time with the ones you love, without the cost of a dinner reservation or a day out together. But your home will take the strain, so the key is always to be prepared.
WHATEVER BOOZE YOU THINK YOU’LL NEED: DOUBLE IT
Even family-friendly house parties need booze, from fun cocktails to beer, but the thing is, it’s so easy to underestimate how much you’ll need, and at some point in the day there’ll be a panicked dash to the local supermarket to stock up. Negate this risk by just completely overdoing it – chances are people will bring their own bottles too, but it’s not like it’s going to go off, any extra can be saved for the next party. Don’t forget though, if you are going to serve alcohol at your party, you are also responsible for making sure your guest get home safe. Don’t let your friends drink and drive.
THE KIDS ARE GOING TO WANT TO GET INVOLVED
The beauty of a family-friendly house party is that you don’t have to feel like the Grinch for leaving out your little ones, and as long as your buddies bring their kids too, they’re perfectly happy to entertain themselves. So let them create their own bit of the party, and host the other family’s kids – it’s good practice after all. If you can give one room over to them, with their own little buffet, some toys, and some music, they’ll stay out from under your feet. Fingers crossed.
YOUR FURNITURE WILL TAKE THE STRAIN
Even with the most sensible friends, your home is going to take a battering. Before people arrive, put anything precious into hiding in your bedroom, and protect any much-loved furniture with throws. But it’s just got to be expected that your carpets might suffer from spilled red wine, or trodden in fairy cakes, so calling in a service the next day such as PHJ Cleaning and Restoration services can get your home as good as new after a party. A bit of preparation goes a long way, but you can’t spend your night worrying about the furniture instead of enjoying yourself.
IT’S GOOD TO HAVE DIFFERENT ROOMS
Different people enjoy different dynamics at a house party, so being able to zone your house can make a big difference to the enjoyment. While you’ve tucked your kids away in the dining room with their music and buffet, perhaps consider making the other rooms themed. The kitchen, with all the food, is great for standing around and chatting, whereas it might be more appropriate for louder music in the living room or outdoors. That way, people can have a boogie if they want, but it doesn’t interrupt the people who just want a good natter. Hosting a house party can be incredibly rewarding, and a whole lot of fun. Just so long as you don’t run out of wine!