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Tips for Hosting a Soirée


We keep mentioning that Persist is a soirée game, so in honor of our launch, I thought it would be fun to share my tips for hosing the perfect soirée, Persist style.  

1. Food and Drinks: Obviously, the center piece for almost any party are food and drinks.  I am a terrible cook, so preparing food for parties really freaks me out.  Luckily, stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have some great options that take the stress out of food prep. For instance, recently, MB and I hosted a brunch for some of our friends, and I volunteered to lead up the food effort. My secret weapon was the prepared foods/bakery aisle at Whole Foods. I bought a few quiche, baguettes, pastries, and cheeses.  It was super easy and after carefully arranging all my finds on some beautiful platters, cutting boards, and cake pedestals, it looked restaurant quality.  MB also bought colorful Italian Sodas and champagne to round out the brunch.

2. Ambiance: So now you have the food covered, the next step is creating a great ambiance. I think there are two major keys to succeeding at this. First, you must have good music.  I’m all about curating playlists for my parties, but if you don’t have time, you can easily select a Pandora station or a Spotify playlist.  Depending on how I’m feeling, I’ll either play music from our record player, or I’ll just use my Amazon Echo for tunes. I’m also a member of Vinyl Moon, a record subscription service that sends a monthly compilation record. It’s always got really awesome music, so lately that’s been my source for music.  The second key to having great ambiance at your party is the decor. This is my favorite part of hosting a party, and the best news is it doesn’t have to break the bank — all you need is a trip to your local thrift store.  I’ve bought beautiful glassware, serving dishes, linens, and candleholders at Goodwill over the years. It definitely takes patience and a good eye, so if you have the space in your abode, I would definitely recommend collecting finds each time you go thrifting. Then you have a full stock of party goods ready for any occasion.  Another super easy way to decorate is with flowers and plants.

3. Fun: Last, but not least, you need to have some type of fun activity at your party. Sometimes good conversation is enough, but it’s not always easy to get the conversation flowing, especially if your guests don’t all know each other. That’s where a game like Persist comes in. Persist takes the pressure off the hostess having to lead the conversation. Instead, it allows for players to get to know each other a very deep level. It’s not for the faint hearted — some of the more controversial topics include pap smears, Tinder dates, and camel toe; however, the good news is the game is designed so you only share what you are comfortable with.  You aren’t forced to talk about anything you don’t want to.

So those are my tips for hosting a stellar party. You can check out my personal blog, Mox & Fodder, for more tips and to learn about all the diy projects I do in my leisure time.