Planning the perfect party is tough!
It’s no secret that I love hosting; its definitely a hobby of mine, but I get how it could be stressful for some folks who don’t have a lot of experience doing it or are too busy to pull it off successfully.
Hosting an event takes a lot of planning, effort, and time in the kitchen cooking.
But, throwing the perfect party doesn’t have to be a stressful situation: if you know what you’re doing!
Owning a full-service catering company, I always get questions about how to throw the perfect soiree, so I thought I’d write a quick blog post about it!
So, here’s my 3 Tricks to throwing the perfect party:
1. Pick a Theme
Picking a theme for your event will help you make all the other decisions for the party.
Everything will come back to the theme. The food, the drinks, the decor, and the vibe.
Having a theme streamlines your planning: it gives you a direction to go in and ideas to emulate. For example, you can pick a holiday theme or a rad 80’s theme.
For the Halloween Party I just planned: we used dry ice in the cocktails, had lots of special effects with-in the decor and did an autumn-inspired menu. Each aspect of the party was planned around creating a “spooky Halloween” feel. You can do this with any theme! If you did an 80’s theme party, you could really have fun with the music and even request your guests attend in 80’s attire!
The possibilities are endless!
2. Plan Activities
The reason you want to plan activities is because you want your guests to interact with each other and to also create structure for the party.
Some of your guests might not know each other yet, or may not know each other very well, so activities can be an ice breaker.
You also want to create structure to make sure your guests are entertained and enjoying themselves. The idea is that you don’t want your guests checking their phones and watches because they are bored. Gone are the days of our youth when you could just invite people over, buy some beer, and let everyone figure it out.
You can get very creative with activities: games like cornhole and giant Jenga are good ways to get people outside and cheeky games like Words Against Humanity or Pictionary are great for smaller groups or a gathering of couples. Arranging a viewing of a sporting event or award show are also activities that can be used to influence the theme (ex: The Oscars or Superbowl). Activities can also be interactive experiences like a sundae bar or crafting station!
Again, the possibilities are endless!
3. Hire a Caterer
Although cooking for a large group of people yourself will help save you a little money, it will certainly cost you in time and stress. It’s hard to enjoy your own party as much because you’re worried about the food: pulling stuff out of the oven, refilling trays, cleaning up messes etc.; instead of talking with your guests!
You only have so much time to spend talking with your guests as it is. If you invite 40 people to your party and have 4 hours, that leaves you with roughly 10 minutes per guest.
Now imagine that you decided to prepare the food and your free time is cut in half; you are then left with only 5 minutes per guest (which, if we are being honest, what will most likely happen is you will get caught up with someone and then not have time for everyone!)
Less preparation for you equals more time to enjoy your own party and actually participate in the reason for why you decided to host people for an event in the first place.
Do yourself a favor and hire a caterer like us at Taylor Made Cuisine.
P.S. - I’m always looking for good party themes! Let me know what’s your favorite party theme in the comments below…