Have you just graciously offered to entertain a large crowd in your home? Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, promotion or retirement, planning is the key to successful entertaining. You don’t need a large budget or a large home to ensure your guests have a grand time. With a little for thought and a bit of creativity, you can entertain a large crowd with ease. Follow these recommendations from the professional party planners and caterers to ensure your event is a huge success for both you and your guests.
The first steps are to determine the guest list, date and budget. Establish your date and confirm this with the guest of honor. If the event is casual, it’s perfectly acceptable to send an eVite invitation to your guests. Many of the free websites for eVites offer dashboards that keep track of when guests open the invitation and the number of rsvp’s received as well as the number outstanding. This is a simple way to keep track of you guest list. Send these out as early as possible – ideally four weeks prior to the event. Your budget will determine your menu options. If you are having a large crowd and your guests offer to bring a dish – request an appetizer. This will save a lot of work and expense, allow your guests to savor a variety of appetizers while you concentrate on the main courses.
The easiest way to entertain a large crowd in a casual setting is with a buffet. If you have a separate dining room, this is ideal for a buffet. Plan your menu based on recipes that you have prepared successfully in the past. While you don’t need to be a gourmet chef, this is not the time to experiment. For a proven crowd pleaser, take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and order a selection of grill items or steaks from the trusted folks at Omaha Steaks. Add a salad and baked potatoes with a condiment bar and your guests will be thrilled. Set up a separate area for a bar. Be sure to offer nonalcoholic as well as alcoholic options. Keep extra ice and glasses on hand. Put on your favorite music, add some fresh flowers around the house and welcome your guests. No doubt everyone will have a grand evening. Best of luck to you!