Event Hosting Etiquette

Being a good host involves more than just greeting guests with a smile, it requires hard work, professionalism and attention to detail. You’ll need to think about everything from dress codes to dietary requirements and how to get guests home safely. Keep reading to learn more about our event hosting etiquette tips. 


Whether you’re an event planner or a host, it’s important to be professional at all times so everyone has the best experience possible. In other words, if you’re faced with a difficult situation or stuck dealing with troublesome guests, don’t lose control. Keeping a level head will help to diffuse problems and ensure that everything runs smoothly at all times. 

Be upfront about additional costs

Remember to inform guests well in advance if there are any additional costs that they will need to cover. For instance, will your event be ticketed or is there free entry? Will there be an open bar or are people expected to pay for themselves? Providing this information early will help guests to plan accordingly and come prepared. There’s nothing worse than rocking up to a cash bar with an empty wallet! 

Maintain dress codes

A good host will always protect the dress code. This is important because guests who fail to do their part regarding attire can really detract from the success of an event. This is particularly true when it comes to themed parties or formal events that rely on everyone putting in a little bit of extra effort. You can remind people of what they are expected to wear by posting a reminder in an event description online or by including such information on a written invitation. 

Provide for dietary restrictions

Be sure to accommodate a range of dietary restrictions when planning your event and everyone will be well served. Special requests in regard to food is a common thing these days so never underestimate the importance of having a wide and varied menu. Catering to everyone and not just the majority will ensure that your vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free eating guests will be able to enjoy themselves too. 

Warn people about the weather

If your event is being held outside, then it may be a smart move to give people a heads up about any bad weather headed their way. This can apply to both wet and hot conditions. Parties that are celebrated in a garden can really suffer if a few rain clouds decide to appear, especially if you haven’t dressed accordingly. 

Help guests to get home safely 

Just because final drinks have been served and the band has packed up, it doesn’t mean that you are done for the night. A professional host will help guests to get home safely by providing directions to nearby public transport or by ordering cabs and Ubers as necessary. By doing this, your event will be well remembered by everyone in attendance.  

Friendly experts for your events

Get in touch with the team at Baroq if you’re looking for an event host who can help with all of your party ideas and more. We work hard to bring your dream ideas to life and know everything there is to know about event etiquette. Contact us to find out more.