10 Ways to Be a Better Host in 2016

updated May 4, 2022
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If it’s not something you do often, or if you didn’t grow up in a household where your family hosted dinners or parties, inviting people into your home can be daunting. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves when hosting, but there are a few tricks to learn that can make everything run more smoothly. Here’s our best advice for making 2016 the year of the dinner party.

  1. Know how to introduce your guests: It’s all about sharing a tidbit about each person to get the conversation started.
  2. Know the answers to these etiquette conundrums: Here’s how to deal with dietary restrictions (as a host or guest) once and for all.
  3. Learn how to make your guests feel completely at ease: Start by creating the right kind of atmosphere in your home.
  4. Prepare in advance for hosting duties: Having essentials on hand in advance of party season can make life easier for planned and impromptu get-togethers.
  5. Stock your cabinets for entertaining: If you’re planning a wedding registry, add these items. If you’re not, start watching the sales.
  6. Learn from the experts: Ina Garten knows a thing or two about entertaining.
  7. Know how to make the most of your space: Just because you have a tiny apartment doesn’t mean you can’t host a holiday party. You’ll just have to follow a few smart rules.
  8. Take care of yourself: Introverts, we’re looking at you. Whether it’s a big meal like Thanksgiving, or a small dinner party, make sure you don’t burn yourself out.
  9. Be ready for surprise guests

    If you keep these snacks on hand, you’ll always have something to offer unexpected guests.
  10. Reciprocate by being a good guest: Make sure when you’re invited into someone’s home that you are a good guest as well.