Are You A Lazy Hostess?

I read this article in The Daily Meal the other day with interest. You see, it’s about lazy hosting, what shortcuts are and aren’t kosher when having dinner guests, and how not to look like a total loser when inviting people to your home.

The thing is, I am a lazy hostess, yes. And I am proud of it! When given the option between making something from scratch and buying it in a boxed mix, I generally always opt for the boxed mix. Why not? Sometimes Duncan Hines is really, really good! Now, if it comes totally pre-made, then all the better! Ding! What The Daily Meal calls lazy I call “smart.” Maybe that’s just me.

Because here’s the trick to being a good hostess (if you ask me):

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The trick to being a good hostess (if you ask me) is picking one thing for the night that you are going to nail, and then NAILING IT. Perfect 10. A-plus, plus, plus.

I figure the trick is in creating the perfect blend between “I went all out for you guys” and “this is an easy-going night, don’t feel pressured to act perfectly.” It needs to feel effortless and fun so your guests can relax, but also special, so your guests feel special too. There’s definitely a balance involved, isn’t there?

For me, I typically try to nail the ambiance. Dimmed lights, candles, an impeccably tasteful table setting, little place cards, fancy goblets for the Diet Pepsi. The food may taste blah, but the experience of eating it will be DI-VINE.

Also fun to nail: a spectacular, from-scratch dessert.  Or: festive party favors. Or: a killer party playlist.

Better yet? The entire dinner was lovingly made from scratch, I mean it took hours, but we’re gonna serve it buffet-style, because–are you kidding me?–I’ve been in the kitchen this whole time!

My theory can be otherwise titled The Pick Your Battles Method of hosting guests. Honestly and truly, I think that’s where it’s at (for me).

Now you tell me: Are you a lazy hostess? What do you think is the trick to being a great host? Alternatively, what part of hostessing do you really prefer to nail?

(For an “are you a lazy hostess?” quiz, you know in case you’re not sure, head right HERE.)

Image Credit: Dorthe Alstrup

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