Have you agreed to host a large crowd of family, friends or coworkers? You are either excited about the opportunity or have gone into a full blown panic. Whether it’s a special birthday, retirement or anniversary celebration, follow these recommendations from the party planning and catering experts and your even will be a huge success and will be filled with wonderful memories for all of your guests.
The first step is to determine the date of the event, and the budget. Unless it’s a formal occasion, it’s perfectly acceptable to send invitations electronically. There are a myriad of great websites that allow for creativity or selection from stock announcements. It’s also easy to keep track of who has opened the invitation and sent an RSVP. Once you’re able to gauge the number of guests, it’s time to start planning the menu. One of the simplest ways to entertain a large crowd is with a buffet. When considering options for the menu, unless you’re an experienced chef, select dishes that you have successfully prepared in advance. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and order from the fabulous selection of menu items available through Omaha Steaks. This is always a crowd pleaser. If you’re not a master griller, surely you can recruit one of the guests to man the grill. With the main course taken care of, select a few simple finger foods that the guests can enjoy before the buffet is ready.
When setting the buffet, stack half the plates at either end of the table. This will allow the guests to help themselves from both ends and avoid that uncomfortable period of standing in line. Wrap the flatware in napkins and set on the buffet table as well. Consider gathering fresh flowers or greenery from your garden, or a friend’s, for a centerpiece. A separate area for drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic should be set up. Plan on having plenty of ice and extra glasses for the bar. Have the guests help themselves to drinks. Identify an area for coats and bags, as well as gifts, prior to the arrival of guests.
Finally, prepare to enjoy your efforts and your guests!