5 Mistakes No Host Should Ever Make

03/28/2014 11:42 am ET | Updated May 28, 2014

For some, entertaining can be effortless. You've attended enough parties to know what you love about them. Your host or hostess creates a warm and inviting home, the food is excellent, and your cup appears to be bottomless. They make hosting seem so simple with their signature cocktails and immaculate living rooms. Since they are able to pull off an event with such grace and ease, surely you will too... right?

The secret to throwing a great party isn't a mystery. Most people will tell you the must-do's for a successful soirée without a moment's hesitation. But what many fabulous party throwers neglect to tell you are the things they don't do, as these mistakes can turn a party from fun to flop in a short amount of time.

While you aren't required to do a list of things for a party, there are certain things you can never do at an event you are hosting. For instance, the simple act of losing track of time could cost you everybody's good time, beginning from the moment you decide to mail out invitations. Skipping details like RSVPs and not preparing in advance can make your party even more stressful than it needs to be, resulting in another sin against hosting: losing your cool.

So you can have a completely successful party, you have to learn the dont's as well as the do's. We rounded up the 11 mistakes you never want to make as a host or hostess, so your party appears as effortless as all of those celebration gurus. To learn what not to do, click through our slideshow!

  • 1 Forgetting to Ask for Help
    You’ll get by with a little help from your friends! If you have guests offering to lend a hand, take it. Either they are naturally helpful people or you’ve got stress written all over your face. Whatever the case, it is best to accept the help as it will make them feel comfortable and allow them to socialize with you. Photo Credit: Shutterstock Click Here to see More Mistakes No Host Should Ever Make
  • 2 Be Insensitive
    Make sure you are mindful of the guests you invited. Not only should you be considerate of their customs, you want to be sure that you are thoughtful regarding their diet as well. Check in with your guests to make sure that there are no allergy or customary restrictions when it comes the menu. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
  • 3 Skipping Introductions
    If you’re opening your home to an array of people, it is usually a recipe for success. Unless of course that is your forget to make introductions. While you aren’t expected to monitor every conversation for the evening, you are expected to be the initial icebreaker. Simply introducing guests as they arrive or using place cards strategically at a dinner party can help conversation occur organically. Photo Credit: Shutterstock Click Here to see More Mistakes No Host Should Ever Make
  • 4 Being too Vague
    When you send around your invitations, make sure that you are clear on the date, time, and location. Also, be sure you let guests know what type of event they are attending, even if it’s just a simple get together. Being vague will prevent them from dressing appropriately and could make them feel uncomfortable if it turned out to be an event they normally wouldn’t have attended. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
  • 5 Forgetting to Socialize
    We know that there are appetizers to serve and drinks to pour but forgetting to socialize at your own social event is practically a crime. Guests obviously came to see you and spend time with you, don’t deprive guests of your fabulous self! Click Here to see More Mistakes No Host Should Ever Make Photo Credit: Shutterstock

-- Lauren Gordon, The Daily Meal

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