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5 Tips to Be a Good Host for Summer Gatherings

Summer is HERE, and it’s the perfect time to host gatherings that bring friends and family together for memorable moments. Whether you're planning an intimate dinner party or a lively backyard bbq, being a good host is key to ensuring everyone has a great time – and Actually Curious is here to help. Here are five tips to help you become the best version of your hosting-self. 

1. Create a Welcoming Atmosphere

One of the most important aspects of being a good host is creating a welcoming atmosphere. This sets the tone for your entire event and makes guests feel comfortable from the moment they arrive.

  • Decor: Use seasonal flowers, vibrant table settings, and cozy lighting to enhance the ambiance.
  • Music: Curate a playlist that complements the vibe of your gathering. A mix of upbeat tunes and mellow tracks works best for most summer parties.
  • Greeting: Personally greet each guest as they arrive. A warm welcome goes a long way in making guests feel appreciated and relaxed.

2. Thoughtful Guest List and Seating Arrangements

Carefully consider who you invite and how you arrange seating. This helps to ensure that conversations flow naturally and that everyone feels included.

  • Mix of Guests: Invite a diverse group of people who share common interests but may not all know each other. This creates an opportunity for new connections.
  • Seating Plan: Arrange seating to encourage interaction. Round tables or communal dining setups work well for promoting conversation.
  • Introductions: Be proactive in introducing guests to each other, especially those who might be attending alone or don’t know many people.

3. Offer Delicious and Inclusive Food Options

Food is a central element of any gathering. Offering a variety of delicious and inclusive options ensures that all guests can enjoy the meal.

  • Dietary Considerations: Be mindful of dietary restrictions and preferences. Offer vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly options.
  • Seasonal Menu: Incorporate fresh, seasonal ingredients into your dishes. Summer is the perfect time for light, refreshing salads, grilled vegetables, and fruit-based desserts.
  • Signature Drink: Create a signature drink that embodies the spirit of summer. Also, provide non-alcoholic options for those who prefer not to drink (there are so many great options out there - our favorite is Ghia!)

4. Engage Guests with Fun Activities

Keeping guests entertained with engaging activities can make your gathering more memorable and enjoyable.

  • Icebreakers: Games like Actually Curious can help break the ice and spark meaningful conversations.
  • Themed Activities: Plan activities that align with the theme of your gathering, such as a DIY cocktail station, a photo booth with summer props, or lawn games like cornhole and bocce.
  • Interactive Elements: Encourage guests to participate in activities like communal cooking or a group art project. This fosters a sense of connection and involvement.

5. Be Attentive and Present

As the host, your presence and attentiveness can greatly impact your guests' experience.

  • Stay Engaged: Spend time with your guests and show genuine interest in their conversations. Avoid getting too caught up in hosting duties to the point where you’re not able to enjoy the gathering yourself.
  • Anticipate Needs: Pay attention to your guests' needs. Refill drinks, offer more food, and check in on everyone periodically to ensure they’re having a good time.
  • Gratitude: Express your gratitude for their presence. A simple thank you at the end of the night leaves a lasting positive impression.

By following these tips, you can become a host who creates unforgettable summer gatherings that your guests will cherish. Remember, the key to being a great host is making everyone feel welcome, comfortable, and entertained – and Actually Curious can help. 

We have a deck of questions for any situation, but we love the Culture Edition and Happy Hour Edition for ice breakers and conversation starters for all, but the Curiosity Edition is perfect for more intimate gatherings with close friends. If you’re bringing the kiddos, opt for the Our Future Edition.

Enjoy your hosting journey and make this summer one to remember!