An Introverts Guide To Hosting At Home

restaurant-bern-179046_1280Lately introverts have gotten a reputation for avoiding social events due to shyness, however, it's a mistake to interpret introversion as social timidity. Rather than assuming that social events aren't for them, consider instead that they're just waiting for the right kind of party to attend.

If you're an introvert who's sworn off hosting events in your new apartment because they're too exhausting, there's hope. Take a look at a few of these ideas from Apartment Therapy. Not every type of gathering is right for every type of host. Who knows? You may just find your perfect match below!

Plan a low-key day

Introverts need plenty of alone time to balance out social activities so if you know you have plans to be social on a specific night, make your day low-key so you're rested and mentally prepared to be around others later on.

Invite a select few, not a huge group

You tend to get overwhelmed by lots of people around, even if they're friends. Better to focus on a few at a time so you can truly connect with them over dinner or drinks rather than trying to throw a big bash.

Team up

If you get a little tired during the evening, it's always nice to be able to take five minutes to duck out and take a breather. Whether it's with a spouse or a friend, hosting as a team means that you're not solely responsible for every minute of hosting time and your partner-in-partying can take over for a while.

Set an end time

You are not an all-night party animal and that's fine. Make sure that your guests also know the deal by specifying an end time to your gathering. There's no need to stick to it if you're having fun, but it's always nice to have an excuse to wrap up the evening.

Pick the right place

If you're planning to meet outside your home, chose an intimate restaurant or lounge, not a crowded bustling venue. You will be so much happier if you can tuck into a booth or cluster of sofas and chat quietly with friends instead of being forced to circulate around a crowded room.
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