Hosting a luncheon at your house is a great way to get friends together to celebrate something special or just because. More personal than meeting at a restaurant, a luncheon is a planned event but also relaxed because of the setting. With a little bit of prep work, a luncheon in your home is a great way to see old friends or introduce new ones to the group.

Food

Preparing food for a group probably presents the biggest mental block for party hosts. You have several options though to keep your soiree as stress-free as possible. Unless you are a gourmand who loves to spend time in the kitchen, your best bet is to serve something simple yet elegant like make-ahead sandwiches or a variety of cold salads. Another great option is to find a good takeout restaurant Kingsport or the town you live in. You can always add some homemade touches like a wine spritzer or a fresh fruit salad on the side.

Decorations

After you’ve got the food sorted, think about the decorations for your get-together. Simple is almost always better, and nothing is more simple than fresh flowers. Flower arranging is actually fairly straightforward if you have the right tools: beautiful flowers, vases of different sizes and a base for the flowers like chicken wire or a floral frog. Trim the stems to different lengths and start arranging, striving for different textures and heights.

Purpose

You don’t really need a purpose to get a group of friends together but having one makes some people less prone to flaking out the day of the party. Choose a bizarre holiday that fits your mood and add it to the invitation. Imagine what you could do on National Coffee Cake Day or National Lost Sock Memorial Day.

Humorist Erma Bombeck once said that if she could live her life over, she would have “invited friends over… even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.” So maybe next July 18 (Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day) is the perfect time to plan that luncheon.