Do you enjoy hosting family gatherings or having friends over for dinner? Perhaps you’re a whizz at planning the perfect event and relish in people leaving your home having enjoyed themselves. But, what happens when people show up uninvited?
There will always be times when you’ll need to entertain at a moment’s notice or entertain more people than you’ve planned for. When this happens, you’ll need a few tricks up your sleeve. Here’s how to entertain unexpected guests perfectly.
The first thing you should remember to do is relax. If guests pick up on your stress levels rising, it could make them feel uncomfortable and unwanted. When you’re relaxed it will be easier for you to talk to your guests and make them feel welcome in your home.
Receiving unexpected guests is enough to make anyone panic but there’s no problem that can’t be fixed. For example, if there’s not enough food to serve, a quick trip to your closest store will suffice.
Music is a great way to set the atmosphere. It can tell your guests whether you’re throwing a wild party or it’s more of a sophisticated affair. Music can also be a great conversation starter between people when the ice needs to be broken.
Who doesn’t love a cheeseboard? No matter what the occasion, a cheeseboard is appropriate. It’s convenient for guests to pick and choose what they want, when they want it.
You can also pair cheese with almost anything. Meats, fruits, vegetables, and much more. Take a look at cheeseboard ideas for some inspiration when you need it most.
When guests come to visit and conversation isn’t flowing, it can feel awkward. This is an ideal opportunity to bring out the games. Most households have a stash of board games or interactive video games that can be played.
This is especially useful if some of your guests are children. Young children especially will only last so long without being entertained. Playing games is a great way to have fun and create strong bonds with one another.
It’s a lot of work and preparation to provide a meal for any guests, let alone unexpected ones. If it’s too short notice to get a meal on the table or you haven’t got the energy to cook, ordering out is a great alternative.
It also means you can cater for all tastes and dietary requirements without having to think too much about it. Everyone can put in their own orders and you can often shop with your local takeouts using an app. It’s as easy as clicking a button.
Entertaining at short notice is no-one’s idea of fun but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. The most important thing to remember is to be present and spend quality time with those who have come to your home to see you. These instances can be a great opportunity to create memories that last a lifetime.