When we lived in the US we tended to have big parties with lots of people and lots of food.
Okay, maybe a bit of beer and wine, too.
They were the kind of parties where people nibbled and stood and talked.
Or, in summer, nibbled and sat around the pool and talked.
We didn’t have sit-at-the-table dinner parties which is the norm here.
I miss those old parties…. It was a lot of work but always a lot of fun.
Sometimes I did all the food prep; sometimes everyone contributed.
Regardless, organization was always the key to success. This guest post offers some tips on party planning – just in time for the warm weather parties coming up.
4 Tips for Hosting a Great Party
Parties are a good way for friends and family members to celebrate an event. However, hosting a party can be very hectic since every detail has to be perfect. Depending on the party theme and the number of the guests in attendance, you may need to spend a lot of time, money, and energy preparing meals and drinks. The preparation of a party can make it memorable or a total flop. You can use the tips below to host a great party:
1) Get Quality Warming Trays
The one thing party hosts forget to plan when preparing a party is keeping the food warm. Preparation of party food is usually done before the event and served later on. Party guests can arrive at different times, and it will be hard to warm food for every guest individually.
Serving cold food is dangerous since it can cause food poisoning. Additionally, however delicious the food is, serving it cold gives will be a terrible experience for your guests. Finding the best way to offer warm food for guests should not be a challenge.
With a quality warming trays, you can keep multiple dishes warm for an extended period. They are highly efficient, and you can adjust the temperature at which you want to keep the food. Go through trusted reviews on reputable cooking resource platforms such as Village Bakery to get the best warming trays in the market.
2) Pick an Appropriate Theme
The theme you choose should base on the event as well as your guest’s age and preferences. Since it is a party, make sure you pick an idea that is fun and appealing. There are many party themes, select one that your guest are comfortable. Highlight the party theme on your invites for your guests to prepare. The right theme will make your friends excited to come and can make your party memorable. Consulting with a party planner to help you decide on the right theme for the party if you are not sure which one to choose.
3) Set the Mood
Before setting up for the party, you should clean up all the rooms and organize your home. It is crucial to declutter your living room to create space for your guest to move around. You should create the perfect ambiance to welcome your guest and put them in the party mood. The lighting and décor you use are enough to set the party mood. Dim lighting is best for adult parties since people natural loosen up when the lights are darker. Brighter lighting and colorful decor are best for a children party. Using neon lights can be an excellent way to transform a room and get your guest in the party mood. You can also use balloons, confetti, and centerpieces for decorations.
4) Plan on the Entertainment
Music is the best way to entertain guests and make the party livelier. You can hire a DJ or band to play music throughout the party. If you cannot get one, you can create a playlist that will run throughout the party. You can also hire a party MC to keep your guest entertained with jokes and stories. Alternatively, you can set up games and activities like a photo booth or ping-pong that helps guest interact.
One year we even had a pig-roast…..
It was fantastic, if a bit ambitious.
It was never repeated….