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Preparing to Host a Big Party

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The Super Bowl, kids’ birthdays, the holidays, and summertime all have one thing in common: party time! If you’re the kind of homeowner who loves to host, here are a few things you can do to prepare for a great party.

1. Clean up

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A good party starts with a clean space, even if a last-second touchdown or cake spill makes a mess.

At the very least, give your house a pass with a vacuum, store any clutter away from where the party’s going to be, and clean the bathrooms (especially if you have litter boxes in there).

If your party’s going to be outside, it’s a good idea to pick up any pet and yard waste, both for cleanliness and safety.

You don’t need to scrub the baseboards or clean every window. Just make sure the house is tidy enough.

2. Get enough food and put it where the party is

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Few things are worse for a party than running out of food and drink. A good way to figure out how much you need is to get a head count.

Once you have a rough idea of how many people are coming, get a bit more food than you’d need to feed that number.

The kind of party you’re hosting will determine the kind of food you get. For a Super Bowl party, your best bet is to provide some classics:

  • Chips and dips
  • Pizza
  • Nachos
  • Chicken wings
  • Sodas, water, and beer

You can also request that people bring their favorite appetizer or snack.

Most importantly, put the food where you want people to gather. If everything stays in the kitchen, then most people are going to gather in the kitchen.

3. Invite as many people as you can handle

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You don’t need to invite every single person you know to have a great big party. Keep your list to something you can manage.

4. Account for kids

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Even at parties, kids can quickly get bored. While you’ll likely have kid-specific games at birthday parties, it’s important that kids have something to do at things like Super Bowl parties or barbeques.

Whether it’s a separate room with games or a movie, be sure to have something ready if kids are coming over. And remember that kids can be picky eaters. Be sure to have foods they’re likely to eat (e.g., hot dogs, mac and cheese).

If the party you’re hosting will include toddlers, you may need to take extra steps to child-proof your house, like using outlet guards and moving fragile items to places they can’t get them.

And if you really just want an adults-only party, just tell your guests that.

5. Have fun

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There’s no point in having a party if it’s no fun. Once you’ve done all your preparation, relax and enjoy.

Don’t feel like you need to get every little thing exactly right. As long as you have enough food and good people around, your guests will enjoy themselves, which will make for a great party.

Bonus tip: Don’t let breakdowns ruin your preparation

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