The feeling of accomplishment after organising a successful party can be exhilarating. Although a party is not only about food, we usually tend to unconsciously categorise the party as good or bad depending on the food we were given. Hence, planning a proper menu for any kind of party is very important. These hints from professional caterers will help you be a better host for your next party.
Always make a plan before you go about blindly buying things for your party. Plan the list of events, the menu and your budget. Remember that you will have to leave time to mingle with the crowd as well as look into other aspects of the party.
Once you plan your budget, picka suitable theme for your party and prepare an appropriate menu. Don’t get overexcited and pick foods which will leave you in the kitchen for most of the party. Doing shopping ahead of time is also a time-saver. Wines and spirits can be purchased way ahead of time. The others should be bought at least on the previous day.
Choose a suitable time frame
The party will only be fun for as long as you have the stamina to provide entertainment. Guests will also feel more inclined to come if it is held at a convenient time for them.
Catering for an open-house party will give you more time to spend with each individual guest as this will ensure that all of them wouldn’t come calling at once. This will lessen the stress for you and also make it more convenient for the guest. On the other hand if you hope to hold a cocktail make sure you don’t leave your guests hungry. Choose a time that will allow your guests enough time to have dinner before arrival or leave enough time after the party.
Hot food or cold food?
Ideally if you are catering Hong Kong for an open-house party then it would be best if the food can be kept at room temperature. If you choose a hors d’oeuvre menu it will make your life much easier of most of them will not get spoiled when left at room temperature for extended periods of time. Alternatively, food bowls that need to be kept cold can be immersed in larger ice bowls or on ice packs creatively covered in napkins. Hot food can be kept on a low burning stove. Just make sure your guests know that the burner is on!
You don’t need elaborate decorations to make your home look pretty. A few pieces of décor that can grab attention will be more than in enough for a moderately clean house. You do not need to have a spotless house to host a party. A few crafty decorations will fool anyone’s eyes.
Simplicity will probably be the best way to go, especially if you are handling the affairs alone. Start with the minimum menu and minimum décor to begin with and then work on then as time and your budget permits. This way you can save a lot of stress.