The Christmas season may be over, but that doesn’t mean the buzz and excitement of various parties and festivities must come to a close. If one of your New Year’s goals is to build stronger connections with those closest to you, hosting fun get-togethers at your home is a great way to do so. While some may be deterred from having social gatherings at their house because of the planning and prep it involves, there are actually many benefits of home parties, for both you and your guests. In this article we explore a few reasons to host more in 2022.
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Time with Friends and Family is Good for the Soul
If the holidays teach us anything, it’s that spending quality, uninterrupted time with loved ones is greatly enriching. In fact, studies show that friendships not only make us feel more connected but also aid us in our personal development. Having home gatherings means that you’ll have a day to look forward to where you’ll be surrounded by friends and that can only be a positive thing. Additionally, since you’re the host, you can mix up your guest list and invite people from all your different social circles, merging work relationships with long-term friends and even new acquaintances.
Staying in Doesn’t Need to Be Boring
Choosing to stay in rather than going out to dinner or dancing on a weekend evening can be just as fun as hosting friends at home, if not more so. You can amp up your gathering in many ways, such as including a decorative theme, turning it into a dinner party, or even proposing a thrilling game night. If you do decide to go the game route, just have a few activities in mind that you know your guests would enjoy. For example, maybe some people are more into competitive and strategic group games. In this case, poker is an ideal option since the game can be played with more than 9 guests and there are several unique versions to be discovered besides just the classic Texas Hold ‘em. For simple and easy-to-play games that everyone is sure to love, Cards Against Humanity, Mystery Word, and Pictionary are all are wonderful. Regardless of what you play, if you provide games, it’s guaranteed to be a night to remember.
You’ll Save Lots of Money
Staying in is not only a blast and a half, but it’s also a great way to be friendly to that budget you’ve been trying to stick to each month. Just think about it – organizing a dinner with a group of friends out at a restaurant means you’ll need to drop money on the meal, possibly a taxi, and who knows what else. If you stay in and prepare dinner, you’ll save on food and beverages and maybe even have leftovers for the next day! Another idea is to turn your dinner party into more of a ‘potluck’ gathering where every guest brings their own small dish and shares with the rest of the crowd. If you decide on this type of dinner, be sure that you have all the basics covered in terms of food, from salad to meat, bread, and dessert. Although it’s nice to treat yourself to a great dinner out every now and again, a more intimate and cheaper experience is awaiting you at home.
Show off your cooking skills by whipping up something delicious that your guests won’t be able to resist
You Can Spoil Your Guests
Last but not least, being the host means you get the opportunity to spoil every guest that walks through your door. Whether it’s with the food you prepare or the detailed decorations that you hang in the hall, this is a chance to show those you love how much you care about them and value their company. Who knows – after they have seen how well you host, maybe they will take it upon themselves to throw their own gathering and invite you over for dinner and games as well!