I hate doing the dishes. I have a dishwasher, but still…it’s basically my least favorite chore. I’d honestly rather clean toilets.
So when it’s time to have company over, I immediately get grumpy about the inevitable sink full of dishes I know I’ll be left with. I’m not kidding when I say that even though I do enjoy socializing, sometimes just the thought of having to get my house “company ready” is enough for me to just say nope and forgo spending time with people I really and truly enjoy.
Thankfully, the older I get, the less I really care about things being Martha Stewart perfect. Over the years, I’ve come up with a few things that make socializing and entertaining a bit easier.
Here are my top 5 tips for making entertaining easier:
1. Use disposable cups/plates/napkins/etc – No need to stress about having a sink full of dirty dishes after your company leaves. No need to run into the kitchen immediately following the meal to quickly scrub plates and cups. Just grab a trash bag and get to socializing! See the commercial I posted above from Chinet for some inspiration!
2. Real friends don’t care what your house looks like – Don’t stress over the house looking pristine. There’s a hilarious video going around Facebook right now about trying to get your house so clean before Christmas that it basically looks like nobody even lives there. Your friends don’t care if there is clutter on your table or if your floor has crumbs. If they do? Get new friends.
3. Make it a potluck – Who says the entire meal needs to be on you? Have everyone bring a dish! This way you get to sample a variety of dishes and everyone pitches in!
4. Pull out the board games/card games/karaoke – Talking is great, but playing and having fun is even better! Some of our favorite games are Apples to Apples, UNO or even just watching a movie together! This helps with anxiety over your party being boring or uneventful.
5. Take the fun on the road! – Who says you have to entertain at your house anyway? Meet up at a local restaurant, park, movie theater, bowling alley, etc. It’s about spending time with those you love, where you do it shouldn’t really matter much! So if entertaining at your own house feels overwhelming, suggest an alternative!
Go ahead, invite some people over! You’ll be so glad you did.