If the idea of entertaining colleagues in your own home has you shaking in your boots, you’re certainly not alone. It can be a daunting task to host a gathering like a cocktail party or dinner party for coworkers, especially if you are trying to make a good impression on superiors in your company.
You can simplify the process with these user-friendly entertaining tips to set the scene when hosting business associates in your home:
- Start with an invitation. If you’re hosting a formal work-related gathering, take the time to print and send out professional invitations instead of using email or social media. A more casual cocktail party or gathering may merit a Facebook invite or Evite.The invitation should include all relevant details about time, date, and location, as well as required attire. A dinner party may call for formal business attire or business casual clothing; a cocktail party will warrant cocktail attire, like party dresses and suits.
- Hire a caterer. If you don’t consider yourself to be a professional chef, you may want to get rid of the headache of cooking altogether by hiring a catering company to do the hard work for you. You can take care of drinks by setting up a keg or wine bar, where guests can pour themselves a beverage.In many cases, simple is best when it comes to impressive entertaining. There’s no need to splurge on the cost of a bartender when you can set up a wine and beer bar yourself at a fraction of the price.
- Set out name tags. When you’re entertaining in your home, it should be a relaxing, intimate affair. Still, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all business colleagues will know one another well, if at all.Cut out the awkward process of introductions by asking all guests to put on a name tag at the door. This will make it easier for coworkers to remember one another’s names and get to know new people at a dinner party or cocktail event. Nametags also help to easily identify spouses and dates without having to worry about meet-and-greets.
As the host or hostess of an event, it’s your job to get the party started. You can use the tips above to set a welcoming scene when entertaining and encourage conversation by mixing and mingling with all guests at your party. After a few drinks, coworkers will be more likely to relax and enjoy themselves as they network in a stress-free setting.