Six Ways to Be A Good Host According to Emily Post - Part one

by Mirella "Lulu" Di Blasio

Six Ways to Be A Good Host According to Emily Post - Part one

August 8, 2018

In this two part series we will go through some tips from Emily Post’s book, Etiquette in 1922. Post was an American author famous for writing about etiquette. Part one are six ways to be a good host.

Enjoy & let us know what you think in the comments below!

1. Invite clearly

Include necessary information for your guests in the invitation so all they have to do is respond “yes” or “no.”

Checklist:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Place
  • Occasion / Theme
  • Host(s)
  • When / how to respond

 

2. Plan well

Have this done well before your guests arrive so you’ll feel relaxed from the very beginning.

Checklist:

  • Guest list
  • Lulu in a Box table set
  • Meal
  • Refreshments
  • Tidy the party space

 

3. Be welcoming and attentive

Look after each guest as much as you can.

Checklist:

  • Greet each guest personally
  • Ensure that guests are made to feel welcomed throughout the party
  • Keep an eye out for empty glasses
  • Keep an eye out for people standing alone

 

4. Be flexible and gracious

Your soufflé falls, an unanticipated guest arrives, or one of your guests has an allergy? Have a back-up plan and always be gracious. A good host would never send an uninvited guest packing.

Checklist:

  • Have Plan B options
  • Be gracious and welcoming with unexpected guests
  • Expect the unexpected

 

5. Be the leader and the spark

It’s your job to run the show and let your guests know when it’s time for dinner, dessert, or charades.

Checklist:

  • Circulate among your guests
  • Introduce newcomers
  • Stay with each group long enough to get a conversation going

 

6. Be appreciative

Checklist:

  • Thank people for coming as you bid them good-bye
  • Thank anyone who brought you a gift

Will you be using this checklist when planning your next event? Is there anything you would add or remove? Let us know in the comment section below! 



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