I love hosting. Having people over to my home is one of my favorite ways to party. It’s easy, the commute is short and I don’t have to wear heels! But seriously, it’s always great to be able to bring people together for any occasion, or sometimes none at all. And if I can do so in the comfort of my own home surrounded by great people, so much the better.
Whether it’s a gathering of a few folks or a rager that leads to the cops being called, every houseparty needs a few things to make it work. It’s like a recipe: you need some key ingredients to ensure a great outcome. So I’m going to impart my hostess with the mostest wisdom on you to help you get your host party on.
People really do make the party. No matter what the occasion, ensure that the people you invite are ones you love spending time with and are happy to have in your home. And when you have that core crew, get them to invite some friends too! The older we get the harder it can be to meet new people and expand your circle of friends. Chances are you’ll like the people your friends like. And if you don’t, no worries! Chances are they’re bringing a bottle of something and that’s never a bad thing.
Have you ever been to a party that’s silent except for the chatter of the guests? I have and it’s awkward as hell. I need a soundtrack to everything I do and hosting people is no exception. Personally, I love letting people paw through my record collection, picking albums to toss on the turntable and physically engaging in the music curation process. Having a few sure fire crowd pleasers in the crates is key to ensuring more people than just me enjoy the tunes being played.
But sometimes ye old vinyl collection doesn’t yield enough universally pleasing options. One thing I’ve learned about music+having people over is that my indie rock/pop/alternative music preferences are not everyone’s cup of tea. In cases such as these, I pop on Spotify and pick a playlist that jives with the vibe I’m trying to create. The streaming service has really cornered the market on interesting curated playlists, making it simple to select something that’s perfect for you and your guests’ mood. And if you want to change it up, it’s so easy to move between playlists, and any of your guests can jump on to DJ if necessary! Check out one of my fave house party tunes by
Everyone knows that hungry people aren’t happy people. Everyone also knows that any party with alcohol just plays better when there’s some food to boslter everyone’s intake tolerance. Either way, food is an essential ingredient to any house party. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to keep people happily fed in your home. A simple cheese plate (with some Boursin! my fave), some chips, dips, veggies, mini quiches, all these are options to keep tummies full and guests happy.
If all else fails, a platter of avocado toast feeds many a millennial. Speaking of, check out my tried and true guacamole recipe that I bust out at every house party. It never lasts long.
Nadia’s Guac recipe:
- 2 avocados
- 3 cloves garlic
- one small shallot
- one lime
- 1 small tomato
- 1 jalapeno (any spicey pepper will do)
- Salt and Pepper
Mash avocados. Dice shallot, pepper, and Tomato and add to avocado mash. Squeeze juice of lime into mixture and stir. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with chips, enjoy!
Almost every party can benefit from having a few bottles of something on hand to serve. Variety is the spice of life, and it’s also key for a house party’s bar list. Wine is almost always a crowd pleaser, but having a selection is important to keeping your guests happy.
Recently I threw a little shindig at my home, and had two bottles of each of these wines available. Why? Because unless a person hates all wine, chances are they will enjoy something from the red, white or rose family. Whether it’s a crisp and refreshing Pinot Grigio like the Lamberti, or a rich Rioja like the Montecillo, one of these wines will be a hit with one of your guests. And if it is, you can’t run out after just one bottle! So make sure to stock up.
- Montecillo Crianza Rioja – $14.95 LCBO# 144493
- Bodega Norton Barrel Select Malbec – $13.05 LCBO#: 400556
- JP Azeitão Shiraz Rose Bacalhoa – $8.55 LCBO#: 404566
- Lamberti Santepietre Pinot Grigio – $12.10 LCBO# 560524
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