7 Party Hosting Mistakes to Avoid

Everyone loves a good get-together. Keep the party going by avoiding these classic party hosting mistakes.

women mingling around food garden party

Hosting doesn't have to be stressful! Get our best tips for throwing the perfect party including must-have ideas for food, music, and drinks. Avoid these simple mistakes and you're sure to throw a party they'll remember. 

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1. Serve Lukewarm Drinks

Ice Bucket

Ok, party people. First things first: Fill your ice trays prior to party time. Nobody likes a lukewarm drink -- unless it's a shot, of course! We recommend hitting the store for an extra bag to stash in your freezer, just in case.

Try making a DIY ice ring! 

2. Play Bartender

cocktail party

Don't get stuck tending bar at your own party. Stick to fun and easy pitcher cocktails, such as Pineapple-Ginger Punch or Mexican Margaritas -- so you can join the fun, too! Or stock a bar cart and let guests play mixologist. Just don't get too silly.

Set up a great DIY drink station. 

3. Ignore a Playlist

Music, motivation, playlist, speaker

Music can either make or break a party. Be prepared with a premade playlist featuring songs you know your guests will love. One idea is to gather suggestions from your guests as part of the RSVP. That way, everyone gets to hear their favorite tune.

4. Let Awkward Happen

People mingling outside

Introduce your guests to one another! Don't just hand them a drink and run. This ensures no friend is floating around the party alone. Because who doesn't love to make new friends?

5. Get Too Complicated

entertaining

Keep things simple in the snacks department. We're all about playing in the kitchen, but don't waste time slaving away on new and extravagant recipes when you're not sure how they'll turn out. Stick to tried-and-true recipes or easy crowd-pleasers you know they'll love. Spinach Artichoke Dip, anyone?

Get our best party menus. 

6. Over Plan

girl taking a test

Parties are meant to be fun, not stressful. Ditch the itinerary and go with the flow. As long as you have enough munchies, good music, and a fun crowd -- there's no way your party will be a bust. 

Easy Party Drink Calculator! 

7. Clean Too Much

stainless steel cleaning bucket and supplies

Don't make guests feel rushed -- or worse, embarrased for spilling a drink. Keep a roll of paper towels out, but leave the deep cleaning and dish washing for post-party hours. 

Get our best party cleaning tips. 

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