Getting Set Up
1. Organize the space for a party.
- Try to split large areas into smaller sections, to facilitate the small conversation groups that normally form at gatherings.
- If the space is small, move as much of the furniture as you can to the outer edge, or place some excess furniture in another room that will not be used, in order to create more space.
2. Clean up around the entertaining area.
- Taking out trash and any other pungent items
- Mopping and vacuuming floors
- Cleaning glass and windows
- Picking up clutter
- Thoroughly cleaning the kitchen and bathroom
3. Remember all the east-to-forget places.
- For example, many people forget to clean under the toilet seat for a party. Female guests might not notice, but male guests can’t miss a bunch of caked on gunk!
- Another neglected spot is your front yard. This is where guests will get their first impression, so you’ll want to be sure it looks nice, clean, and organized.
- Don’t forget the inside of the fridge, either. People will be opening it looking for drinks and they don’t want to see dried meat juice from those steaks caked to the shelf.
4. Remove any items that you don’t want around guests.
- For example, your great grandfather’s pocket watch might be in a case in your living room. If you don’t know the people that are coming over, it might be a good idea to put it somewhere less obvious.
5. Put out some decorations.
- For example, let’s say that you’re having a going away party for a friend. Theme the decorations to the place where they will be going so that they know you’ll all be with them there in spirit.