Hello! Today I'm off doing Charleston's Big Fake Wedding, but Chrystina is here to talk to you about five ways you can stay in touch with your guests after hosting an event. These are perfect for events of any scale, bridal showers, girl's luncheon's, weddings, or whatever else you might be celebrating with a party. Thank you so much, Chrystina! xoxo
So you just hosted an awesome event. You worked your butt off for days in advance to finalize the guest list, make the decorations, prepare the food, and clean the nooks and crannies of your house (which some days means shoving everything in a closet somewhere). You went out of your way to make thoughtful introductions, learned about what is going on in people’s lives these days, and shared a memorable experience together. Now what?
It’s easy to think the fun stops there, but you can continue to stay in touch with your guests (and get them in touch with each other) even after the event is over. This will make future events you host even more entertaining because there will be a more solid relationship between the party guests the next time around.
Actually do something with the pictures you take
Of course, this requires remembering to talk pictures at the event, but assuming you remember to do that there are so many things you can do with the pictures to help remind your friends what an awesome time they had at the event.
- You can upload the pictures to social media which will help connect people who didn’t know each other beforehand when you tag everyone who attended in the photos.
- You can print the pictures to snail mail them which will help decorate your friend’s refrigerator.
- Before the party starts, you can create a hashtag for your event, which will help you to find all the pictures from your party to learn about moments you may have missed.
Send a thank you note
Thank you notes are highly underrated these days. Whether the note is an email or sent via the postal service, a small note of gratitude to your friend for attending the event and documentation of a funny moment that happened to make your friend smile all over again can go a long way.
Share a recipe
After a party is over, if there was one food or drink item that was a big hit (even if it wasn’t your own) acquire the recipe and send it out to all your guests. It’s a nice little piece of the party to take home with them and whenever they make the recipe in the future they will think of the event they ate it at for the first time. And if food isn’t your thing you can always send out the playlist you put together!
If your friend told you she has a huge exam next week, make a note to check in with her to wish her luck or ask how it went. If another friend is searching for a house, make a note to ask how the search is going. There’s always a way to use what you’ve learned about the person at the party to continue the conversation. It’s a great way to make people feel special by showing you were listening.
Plan another event
If your first event was a big hit, it’s probably safe to say a follow up event will be as well. If you hosted a wine and cheese party this time, next time host a beer and cheese party. If you played Monopoly, next time play Clue. If the guests all talked about a new restaurant opening in town, plan to go to happy hour together. It’s a rule of life – always continue the party whenever possible.
Don’t forget that once your event is over although you might be done being hostess for the evening the relationships that you have with your friends are still growing. Take this chance to reach out to them, follow up, and continue the conversation beyond the party.
How do you stay in touch after an event?
Chrystina is a blogger, papercrafter, and self-taught party hostess living in Philadelphia, PA. She blogs about party logistics, handmade greeting cards, and staying in touch with people you love. Interested in learning how to better stay in touch with people you love? Check out her e-book, How to Stay in Touch. You can also find Chrystina on twitter, Instagram, and pinterest.