How To Get People To Mingle
At Your Labor Day Barbecue
A barbecue is a great way to bring everyone you love together. While you most likely know everyone at the party, your guests might not. Here are 5 ideas on how to get guests at your barbecue to mingle.
When you're making up the guest list, you don't necessarily have to invite people that will get along, but try balance the list with chatty people and people who don't talk as much. If all of your friends happen to talk a lot, it's not imperative to invite one shy person for every chatty person, but having a good mix makes socializing less burdensome for everyone.
Meet and Greet
Hosts can't be there to introduce every single person as they walk through the door, so have each person introduce themselves to the group. If the crowd is small enough and the chemistry is right, play an "introduce yourself game." Have guests say his or her name along with something interesting about themselves like their favorite song of all time, a favorite dessert or what's at the top of their bucket list. It may seem silly, but it will give people conversation starters for later in the evening.
Plan your party so not everything is done when the guests arrive. Take care of putting things away neatly in bathroom storage, but leave the barbecue and food set up until party time. This gives you the opportunity to put guests to work and work with each other. While filling ice buckets and putting napkins on the table, guests can chat and get to know one another before the party takes off.
Meet and Eat
Serve the food buffet style. A guest won't likely walk up and talk to a stranger standing in the doorway, but if there's a buffet, people will gravitate toward the food and the conversation practically starts itself.
Put away all the toddler toys and get your guests into grown-up playtime. Divide guests and put them on teams for interactive games like Celebrity or Forehead Detective. Guests will be compelled to talk and play with people they might not talk to at other points during the party. It's an easy way to get them to connect with one another and bond.
How well your guests interact with one another can make or break your party. No matter how good or bad the food, when people walk away with a new friend or acquaintance, you'll know your barbecue was a success.
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