Planning a South Asian event at your home... This one is for you!
Best practices for functions at home:
Use cubby boxes at entry points so guests have a place to keep their shoes. (There are affordable shoe cubby boxes.) It helps in a big way.
Place a sign on bathrooms for guests. Also make sure they have working locks, refills of toilet paper, soap, and a hand towel.
Additional trash cans allow tables to be cleared and reused.
Save the Carpet
Indian food or henna can stain. Use sheets (ideally rubber lined sheets) for a first line of defense against spills. Be sure to overlap the sheets by a foot. As people walk the sheets will shift slightly with the movement and the overlap will prevent exposed carpet.
Take moment to think through the flow of guests. Where will they enter, eat, drink, socialize, sit, dance. And plan accordingly with things such as not putting food and drinks right next to each, and having chairs for elderly guests.
Love social media? Put up a sign so people can tag and #hashtag.
Music? Have your playlist ready and hooked up to speakers.