Now that summer is here and things are slowing down, I bet many many of us are looking forward to the days we can begin entertaining friends and family again. I’ve put together my summer entertaining etiquette tips for you to make party planning a breeze.
Send a Well-Timed Invitation
Mail your invitation 3 to 4 weeks in advance.
Skip the “Regrets Only”
This gesture seems easy enough, but an expedient RSVP is the sign of a polite guest.
Don’t Keep the People Guessing
Let guests know what to wear by including specific details.
Request Dietary Restriction Needs
On the RSVP, create a line for those who have severe allergies or restrictions to notify you in advance.
Offer a Variety of Food Options
Plan your menu to accommodate a variety of choices for everyone.
Always Have a Plan B
If lightning or rain is in the forecast, have a plan b location ready, such as inside your home or an enclosed tent outdoors.
Invite Guests That Don’t Know Each Other
Seat talkative people next to quieter types and mix couples so they can get to know new people.
Don’t Run Out of Supplies
Set up the table a few days before, and buy extra provisions for extra assurance.
Find a Nice Place for Your Pet
This is especially important for people with allergies. Put your pet in a quiet room with their favorite toy to keep them calm during the party.