We all have some friends or people we know who host the most perfect, stress-free parties and nobody knows how they manage to do it. Well, If you are not in the mood for going out this New Year’s eve and you are willing to host a party inviting your friends,family or both, then you’ve got a hand full of things you need to do to prepare to be the perfect host this year. It doesn’t have to drain your energy or your wallet if you know the “secrets”.

The important thing is to enjoy the party as much as the guests do, so when they see you relaxed they will be too, get it? That is one thing we revealed, the next 10 secrets you will find out if continue reading. Check out these top 10 party planning essentials and make sure you comment if we missed out on something useful.

Make a List

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It sounds cliche and you will read it in any party-host manual but we have to admit it’s true. Making a check list will make you not forget things and when hosting a party it’s important to have beer glasses but it is more important to have the beer, right? So, do it.

Cook Ahead

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Prepare as much as you can ahead of time if possible. Soups and stews are the perfect holiday meal choice and they can feed a crowd. Tarts freeze well, so make them couple of days before the party and freeze. That way you will have time to clean and take care of yourself the big day.

Keep Drinks On Hand

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Soda is the most used party drink because it is used as a mixer. Stock up with mixers and make sure to have coffee (regular and decaf), cocoa, cider and a basket of teas handy. And for the bar have vodka, rum and few choices of wine available.

Deck The Halls

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Bowls with ornaments or white twinkle lights can look unexpected and striking.Or you can even place a bare branch in a vase and hang small ornaments. Remember- less is more.

Keep It Tidy

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You don’t have to be the neatest person to host a party. If you have a messy room just close the door and turn off the lights and guests won’t go in. Clean the floors and surfaces and don’t have cluster hanging around the party area.

Create Comfort

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Don’t feel compelled to seat guests around a dinner table, instead if you have lot of company make a buffet table and let the guests serve themselves when they wish to do so. There are many buffet ideas, make sure to plan them and get all the ingredients.

Add Joyful Sounds

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Conversation is what counts at any celebration so make sure you keep the music low. And if you want to contribute to the atmosphere even more, arrange a friend who plays a music instrument to do a solo and relax.

Open Your House

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Have an open house and let friends and family they can drop by any time during that day. Your guests will appreciate the flexibility, they will spend quality time with you and it won’t be too crowded.

Pay And Give Attention

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One of the best characteristic of a good host is that he pays attention to every person on the party so they don’t feel neglected. Make sure you do that, all the time. It can be exhausting but you don’t throw parties every day right?

Be a Graceful Giver

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Don’t let yourself be caught off-guard when a friend springs an unexpected gift-exchange, make sure you have extra gifts wrapped in a special drawer. Stock up the drawer with gifts, some candies for the little ones and bottles of wine if you wish.