If you’re hosting a party in an NYC event space, you may not realize just how much work hosting really is. While parties should be fun, as the organizer of the event, you can’t really afford to switch off during the evening. If you want your social gathering to go off without a hitch, you’ll need to make sure that each and every one of your guests enjoys their time, and this means making time for everyone. Want to learn how to work the room like a pro? Here are a few handy tips and tricks.

Stand Near the Door At the Beginning and Welcome People as They Arrive

In order to make your guests feel welcome and comfortable from the moment they walk in the door, be there to greet them. There’s nothing worse than walking into a party and scanning the room for a familiar face. Stand close to the entrance so that you can put guests at ease, show them around the venue, and maybe get a drink in their hands.

Introduce People Who Might Get Along

If you want your guests to feel comfortable, try to bring different guests together—especially if certain guests don’t know many people at the event. This is a great way to get from one group of guests to another, without getting “stuck” in a conversation with one set of guests. Look out for guests who you think might be able to have an interesting conversation with each other.

During Dinner Hop From Table to Table

If your event includes a sit-down dinner with multiple tables, hop around after people have received their food. This is an excellent way to make sure you say hello to every single guest at the party at least once. It’s also a wonderful way to check in with everyone and make sure people are enjoying their evening. This will help people at each table to relax and socialize with the other guests at the table.

Pay Close Attention to “Outsider” Guests

At most parties, there will inevitably be a few guests who don’t know many people. These “outsider” guests may find it difficult to integrate with the rest of the group. Remember who these guests are, and take extra care to spend some time with them, and help them to mix and mingle with the other attendees.

Remain Visible

As the host or hostess, there are many do’s and don’ts involved in throwing your own party. For example, it’s important that you’re always easy to find. Instead of disappearing into a private room with your close friends, try to stay in the central party area where you can easily be found by guests who may wish to speak with you. If you mysteriously vanish from your own party, some guests may feel neglected and uncomfortable as the evening goes on.

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