For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time
Get back to socialising safely with these 5 COVID-friendly party hosting tips and tricks.
The TastyMoments team has been celebrating the easing of restrictions and the slow return to “normal” (whatever that is). But it seems we’ve all gotten a bit rusty when it comes to our party hosting skills. It happens when you don’t see people for a year! So, we’ve pulled together some of our best COVID party hosting tips and tricks to help you remember how to throw a memorable social event. Goodness knows, we all deserve a bit of a party after the year we’ve all been through. Enjoy the event and remember, above all, to keep it legal and adhere to your local restrictions for gatherings.
Tip 1: Remember, you can do this!
Many of us are experiencing a bit of social anxiety as life starts creeping back to its old pace. Even seasoned professionals have forgotten how to be confident around others. Our best advice? Remember, everyone is most likely also feeling a bit nervous about socialising. That’s why you’re hosting the party, after all, to reconnect and share your feelings with others. They’re your friends and will understand if you’re a bit jittery and all over the show when they arrive.
Tip 2: Make guests feel safe.
For the foreseeable future, parties will have to reassure people that it is safe to feel human again. Make sure you’ve got lots of sanitiser, soap and clean towels for handwashing. Ensure that everyone knows to disclose in advance whether they’re feeling a bit fluey. If they are, insist they stay home. Ask your guests to monitor themselves and, if in any doubt, rather not come to the party. Experts also recommend that gatherings take place in well-ventilated areas or outside. If you’re hosting a party outdoors – try to keep your guests warm with gas heaters or a fire if it’s cold.
Tip 3: Rather don’t serve finger foods for sharing.
To avoid getting fingers into shared foods, offer guests canapes (which they can pick up with forks) or pre-plate meals with gloves in the kitchen—anything to avoid the transfer of germs. Also, invest in beverage markers for glasses so that everyone knows which drink belongs to who. An ideal party snack is served hot out of the oven. We always serve Ital Pizza Pizzinis with additional fresh toppings. If you want to go the cold meats and cheeses route – we recommend creating individual plates or skewers for each guest.
Tip 4: To mask, or not to mask? That is the question.
This is a tough one because it’s really up to you who you invite into your space and how you ask them to behave. If you’re nervous, ask guests to wear masks in advance – so that they know what is expected of them. This way, you avoid any awkward arguments later. Remember, it’s not personal; the virus is a treacherous, sneaky thing and is indiscriminate as to who it attacks. Everyone is vulnerable – so it really is a personal decision whether you ask people to mask up in your space. If you do choose to go mask free – alert your guests so that they are clear on their decision to attend or not. That way, everyone is comfortable from the get-go.
Tip 5: Keep the energy authentic and positive.
After the year we’ve all had, it is tempting to moan and groan about our woes. However, it can have a ripple effect at your party – negativity is contagious that way. Allow people to gripe and have a proper vent. But try to encourage your guests to focus on all the reasons to be grateful too. Ask them about their silver linings, their lessons and their triumphs and make these the real talking points. If you’re at a party, then you’re lucky to have friends who care, a bit of food to eat and laughter to share. Enjoy!
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