Fall in love with Hosting Parties!

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Hosting a party should give you that warm fuzzy feeling. You are bringing friends and family together to celebrate! Whether it is a birthday, holiday, announcement, or just because, you deserve to enjoy with your guests.

This Fall season, we want you to ‘Fall’ in love with hosting. At times, it can be stressful and overwhelming. Thanks to ShortStaf, it simply doesn’t have to be that way anymore.

How can you ‘Fall’ in love with hosting? We’ll tell you how in 3 easy steps.

  1. Start planning ahead

Think about everything you need, people you need to invite, and how you’re going to do it. The best way to do this is to make lists! Yes, it sounds basic, but even the best of us forget this small detail. Ever been to the grocery store with a list and still forget something? Yeah, us too. Double check your lists to make sure you don’t forget anyone or anything 🙂

 2. Make yourself a priority

When planning a party, we all seem to lose ourselves in the details. The host naturally thinks of the guests’ needs first. What are they going to want and need when they arrive? How much food and drinks will need to be prepared..and where will it go? Remember, it is your party too! You deserve to enjoy it.

 3. Post to find extra help on the ShortStaf App

All hosts have different needs when it comes to partying. For myself, I would post for set up help because I love decorations (and I have a lot of them). You may want to post for a server to help you prepare appetizer platters, food stations, and clean up as you go! Bartenders are very popular on ShortStaf as well. This allows you and your guests to have full glasses while you sit back, relax, and enjoy each other’s company.

‘Fall’ in love with hosting by planning ahead, making yourself a priority, and posting on the ShortStaf App to make it all happen. This season, spend quality time with your family and friends. How can you make memories when you are constantly cooking, serving, cleaning, and playing bartender? Another season of happy hosting ahead, this time, with some extra help. #ThanksShortStaf

 

Looking for party inspo?  Find it all on our Pinterest page Here 🙂

Pumpkin Pie Martini -Signature Fall Cocktail

100% Gluten Free and Delicious!

We love fall here at ShortStaf and can’t wait to share this fun and easy cocktail recipe!  It is perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any Fall Day or party with friends.

Let’s get started!

Things you will need to get set up…

  1. A shaker
  2. A one ounce measuring cup and a Tablespoon
  3. A martini glass
  4. Two small plates

Ingredients Needed:

  • Pumpkin Puree
  • GF graham cracker crumbs
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Titos Vodka
  • RumChata Liquor
  • Water or Simple Syrup
  • Ice

The Recipe: You can also find this on our Pinterest page here.

2 oz Rum Chata

1 oz Vodka

2 tbs Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin Pie Spice – Just a sprinkle on top.

 

How To:

 

Directions:

Start by getting your graham cracker rim ready! 

Wet the rim of the glass using your first plate with a layer of water or simple syrup in it, then dip the glass into the plate.  Then take your second plate and put a layer of the graham cracker crumbs and dip your wet rim into it. First step done!  Set your glass to the side.

The Cocktail!

Start by filling your shaker with ice.  Then add the first three ingredients (Titos, RumChata, and the Pumpkin Puree) into the shaker and shake it up for about 15 seconds.

Pour your delicious mix into your graham cracker rimmed martini glass, top with a sprinkle of Pumpkin Pie Spice to taste, and enjoy 🙂

That’s it!  Now sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Note: You can also substitute cinnamon for the Pumpkin Pie Spice on top if you want. Want it a little sweeter? Try this recipe using Vanilla Vodka and a few drops of Agave! 

Wanna see more recipes and party ideas like this?  Check out our Pinterest page for creative, quick and inexpensive ideas on how to wow your guests!

Love the ShortStaf Team

4 Fun Ideas for a Summer Family Get-Together

It’s so much fun to get together with the family in the summer. With a little bit of planning, you can host an event that will make great memories. Here are a few tips that will help to cut down on your stress and make your event a success at the same time.

Low-Maintenance Buffet

Grilled burgers and dogs are a classic standby for summer affairs, but they can put a lot of pressure on the person doing the cooking and they are usually stuck behind the grill for the whole party.

Instead of grilling, try preparing a batch of pulled pork in advance and reheat it in a slow cooker for the party. Offer a choice of slider buns or corn tortillas on the side with plenty of choices in toppings, such as coleslaw, salsa, crispy onions and barbecue sauce. If you want to go all-out, try smoking a whole pork shoulder—this takes the flavor to a whole new level.

Bounce House

If you expect a lot of young children to attend, using inflatables removes a lot of the stress for parents trying to plan the party. These structures are eye-catching, a ton of fun and sure to be a big hit with the toddler-to-tween crowd. You can find daily rentals for as little as $100 per day in some places.

Throwback Games

To prevent the party from hitting a slump, make sure you have plenty of games and outdoor toys on hand. Cornhole or “Bags” is a great game for older children and adults.  You can buy a set at your local bigbox store, order them online or if you’re feelin crafty, you can DIY it and build your own! If you have a Ping-Pong table, set it up on the patio or another shaded outdoor area. Another great idea is to keep a pile of Frisbees and Nerf footballs stacked up or in a bin in the backyard. If you have time, organize a scavenger hunt beforehand and offer a prize to the winner.

Family Playlist

Music provides a lively way to bring everyone together. A month or so before the event, ask every invitee to send you the name of a song that holds special family memories for them. Create a playlist that includes everyone’s selection and crank it up during the party. Have the guests try to guess who picked which song for a fun game.

The opportunities for family fun at summer get-togethers are limitless. With enough advanced preparation, the hosts can kick back, relax and enjoy the fruits of their efforts.

Is hosting your event alone too much work for you to handle? Get some help by posting your event with ShortStaf!