Summer is here and that means lots of parties! Hubby and I love to host gatherings at our home. Whether it is a backyard BBQ with friends/family, Canada Day party or baby/bridal shower - doesn't matter, I love them.
If we are hosting a big crowd for a lunch gathering, then I find that sandwich platters work well. Let someone else do the work for you, saves you time to get the house ready for your guests. Team that up with a pasta salad, fresh fruits and veggies and dessert (keep it light - fruit and dip, strawberry shortcake or even just popsicles) and you have a great spread of food to offer.
The best thing about hosting parties is keeping my kids in their own environment. I find it is easy for kids to get overstimulated when they go somewhere new (so much to see, play with etc) and this way they are at home in their comfort zone. They are familiar with the toys, rules and expectations. Plus, they get to show off their cool toys to the kids that are coming over.
To save myself from waking up to a house full of chaos the next day, I try and stay on top of clean up as the party is happening. I make sure that all dishes are done (whether by hand or in the dishwasher) as soon as the meal is over and then any cans/bottles/garbage gets collected periodically through the evening.
Recycling gets done before we head off to bed, and we generally come down to a clean kitchen in the morning!
Do you like to host parties? or would you prefer someone else do all the work and just attend as a guest?