Having a good time at a party certainly doesn’t revolve around eating and drinking. However every party has to have these key elements, otherwise it doesn’t really matter how special the occasion is, or how wonderful of a host you are. Hosting every party needs to start with these 3 key things. To start you’ll have to let your guests know about the party, which is usually done by invitation. Call them up, leave them an e-mail or send them written invitations, depending on how special the occasion is.
One thing most guests do right as they arrive at the designated place is grab a drink. Beverages make an important part of any party. For many people the simple fact of holding a glass puts them at ease and makes up for whatever is in it.
Your guests would also like something to eat. Depending on the occasion this can be grill, seafood, finger foods, meat, vegetarian food and so on. Lastly the place, lighting and music can make an impact, but only if you take care of the aforementioned basic needs. Here are more tips on how to have a great party.
How to send proper invitations
Incite your guests with your hospitality by sending invitations filled with every detail they might need. Here are 3 common ways to send invites. You can go for written invitations, those are the most classy but also cost the most, send emails or call everybody. Calling everybody is not exactly practical if you have a long guest list.
Unless you’re celebrating a very special occasion like a wedding or buying a new house, you don’t have to pay for written invitations. You can do just as fine a job by e-mail or by phone.
Regardless of how you package your invitations, make sure you include the date, time, place and reason for the party, as well as a guest list and an RSVP line. You can also add some information about what food and drink they should expect to serve. Still, unless the dress is very specific, let your guests come wearing what makes them comfortable.
How to stock up on beverages
Here you have several options. You can go with a full bar, completely stocked with every drink and cocktail mix in the book. Besides that you can use a drink menu, restaurant-style and make your guests feel classy and superior. Or you can go with a signature cocktail, in addition to normal drinks.
In any case your bar should contain these essential party supplies. You’ll need water, soda, wine and beer for pretty much any kind of party. If you’re going to have a full bar consider adding garnish ingredients such as green olives, coarse salt and lemon.
Don’t forget about glassware, ice and paper napkins. Be generous and have plenty of those around.
And, you’ll want to chill your beverages beforehand. Keep in mind it takes a few hours for drinks to chill completely in the fridge. If you want faster chilling consider an ice/water mixture. This will chill your drinks in about half an hour. You can use Party rentals to help you and save a lot of time, for example in Vancouver you can get excellent prices and great service from a group called Lonsdale.
How to organize party food
Plan ahead of time so you aren’t left with all the cooking on the day of the event. Try to have some variety on the menu, unless you know your guests very well and they will have no protests with what you have in mind. It’s better to use items that are in season. They often taste better and are much easier to find, especially in larger quantities.
You’ll have to shop quite early and you want to cook as much as you can beforehand. Leaving everything for the day of the event will put unnecessary stress on you. Do things like washing ingredients and baking dessert beforehand. Using this you will save a lot of time. Use a checklist so you don’t forget anything.
Now you’re ready to party. The drinks are ready, the food is hot and your guests are due. Don’t hesitate to turn to party rental places if you’re having trouble with any of this. Now all you have to do is enjoy the fruits of your work. Be a nice host and have a great time, enjoy.