OP Tips: Being the Perfect Host (and) House Guest

We are officially in the midst of the holiday season. That means an over-abundance of parties and travel, visiting relatives and friends near and far and indulging in food, drinks, gifts and everything that makes us merry! So we sat down with our very own hostess with the mostest and picked her brain to get the low down on easy tips and simple tricks to make sure, whether you’re the host or the guest, that everyone has a great time.

If you’re the guest…

  1. Bringing the host / hostess a gift. Make it relatable to whomever you’re gifting – you wouldn’t give a nice bottle of champagne to someone who doesn’t drink. Having it be personable
  2. Send a thank you! Sure, words are easy and nice but in a time where technology is king, a hand-written note is a wonderful gesture and trust us will go a long way. If a written note just isn’t your style taking them out for a nice meal or drinks will also do the trick!
  3. Bringing flowers. There’s one crucial detail that needs to be remembered here and that is, if you’re going to bring flowers, they need to already be arranged in a vase with water in it. Your host/hostess most likely has dozens of things to do so trimming stems on flowers and finding a vase to arrange them in is just adding to their to-do list. Flowers are a beautiful gesture just make sure you’ve taken the work out of the equation.
  4. Offer a helping hand. No matter how many times you may get shooed away from a sink of dirty dishes or when offering to clear a table, make sure you’re offering help at every turn. Step in and help clean, offer to assist in chopping for a meal, set a table, run errands, etc. Contribute where you can and you’ll be sure to receive a second invite.

If you’re the host / hostess…

  1. Make sure your guests are comfortable. Depending on whether it’s a one night affair or a weekend getaway, making sure your guests feel at-home and have a good time is key. Check for requirements ahead of time (dietary restriction, pet allergies, etc) and have some of their favorite snacks and drinks ready and available upon their arrival.
  2. Create a care package. Give your guest a little bit of yourself by putting together a little kit for their stay. Beautiful toiletries, candies all nestled in a little gift perfect for traveling, like OP’s Vianel trays
  3. Edible tablesettings. If you’re just hosting a one-night event that involves a sit down dinner, an edible table setting is a fun way to give your guests a little takeaway from the evening that they’ll actually enjoy.
  4. Really put thought into your guest list. Whether large or small, the right group of people is key to any soiree. You want people to be able to learn from each other and have great conversation so don’t be afraid to really mix it up with different groups of friends and colleagues.

About the Author

Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for OliviaPalermo.com. She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m