How to Keep Your Cool, Relax and Have a Blast at Your Next Party

Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer

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You've picked out invitations, told all your friends and figured out how to decorate your place for your next party. You've chosen drink and food recipe you can make and share. You've even figured out the most efficient way to clean your home so that when party day arrives things are in top shape. So what's left? Knowing how to keep your cool and relax so you can have a gathering that thrives and actually enjoy yourself! Here are some tips and ideas to consider for your next party (this summer or beyond!):

No apologies
As guests arrive to your home and you greet them at the door, say hello, ask them how they're doing, but absolutely do not let these phrases pass your lips: Practice Positive: 3 Things to Stop Saying to Your Home's Visitors.

Remember: They're not judging you
Good reads before you have anyone come to your house for any reason: Embracing an Open Door Policy: Your Guests Aren't Judging You and Stop Worrying: 7 Things About Your Home That Aren't a Big Deal.

How to keep cool with kids
If you don't have kiddos (and you're anything like me), having little ones scooting around your home or outdoor area can be a little bit overwhelming. Some tips: How To Host Kids in a Child-Free Home. (Will you be the one bringing kids to a child-free home? Look at this first: 5 Tips For Taking Your Kids to A Child-Free Home.)

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Don't even sweat stains
Create a small basket or box of stain-fighting tools you can whip out quickly should anything wild splash or spill on something beloved. Don't necessarily scrub spots while on your hands and knees, but there are some things you can do to keep a stain from setting for easier cleaning later.

How to have great conversation
Nervous about sparking great conversation at your next gathering? Try these tips:

Encourage a tech-free evening
A few shots of your fabulous decor or your delicious meal are desired, but if you've got a tech hog putting a downer on the party, here's how to broach the subject: The Experts Weigh In: A Crash Course in Tech Etiquette at the Thanksgiving Table (The post is for Thanksgiving, but applicable for any dinner table.)

→ How have you kept your cool while hosting? What tips do you have to share on how to have a great time while you throw a party or gathering? Share in the comments below!

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(Image credits: Rachel Joy Baransi / A Bright & Colorful Mother's Day Brunch; Flickr user ​Dinner Series under CC BY 2.0; Janel Laban)

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