Let’s take the super bowl as an example and run through some quick tips for hosting success!
For the sake of fun, you are the quarterback, with four downs to score a winning house party.
The first read is to make sure your guests arrive safely, so adequate outdoor lighting is a must. Make sure all steps and pathways to your door are well lit.
Also, take advantage of the opportunity for a great first impression on guest arrivals. Do so by upgrading from the generic lighting you find at a big box store. There’s a whole world of unique, long-lasting lighting options you’ll miss out on at whatever home improvement behemoth that’s down the road, next to a Starbucks or two.
Check out the Lamps USA Outdoor Lighting Secrets blog to get the complete outdoor lighting playbook.
You’ve got your outdoor lighting covered, so it’s on to the second read of your progression.
Mix up your lighting play calls throughout the home. In lighting terms, this means layer your lighting.
Typically, one style of lighting isn’t functional to the level you need without straining your eyes, so be sure to mix up overhead, accent, and task lighting.
For your third read, you hit the check down coming out of the back field in the form of a food prep lighting checklist.
This means allowing all food preparation and consumption to be done under lighting that enables the accurate assessment of what’s being made or eaten. Save the mystery for someone else’s party.
Task lighting is crucial throughout a home, and reading the Lamps USA Task Lighting Buyer’s Guide will help you get the task lighting you need.
Scan the field of fun and ensure you’re safe in the seating department. Nothing will push your guests for the door exit at halftime like the promise of a comfy chair at home.
If you’re going big, you can rent party supplies that include tables and chairs.
If it’s a moderate need, consider your friend and family options for bringing a few extra seats.
Let’s consider a read-option play, where you can do a couple of things depending on what you want to do. If you’ve got a vested interest in a team that’s playing, this might be the moment your rec room has been waiting for.
If you’re indifferent to the teams – or the sport in general – then check out these pre-packs from party city.
Also, here's a blog that really nails the DIY angle: 27 Best Super Bowl Party Ideas
Less is more they say, but they were not talking about food. Hosting a get together isn’t too frequent for many, so a little overindulgence won’t hurt. For great suggestions, see our Pinterest board on hosting & toasting.