"People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel." Make your guests feel welcome, accepted, and valuable. Then, no matter what else happens, your dinner party will be a success."
Some tips on making your guest feel welcome:
- Greet them by name
- Greet them at the door (if your soup is boiling over, do call a hello by name, manage your soup, and then stop what you are doing for a quick, face to face hello and then go back to your soup)
- Offer them something to drink
- Sit down with them. (Works well to have a team-thing, making sure at least one host is visiting with the guest while the other finishes tasks)
- Ask them questions. "How was work today?" or "How is your family?" or "What is new with you this week?"