Entertaining family and friends at home can be an enjoyable, rewarding experience. Who doesn’t love eating delicious food and having good conversation? If you have an upcoming special event or simply want to invite friends over for a party, here are three tips for successful entertaining at home.
1. Consider the Event
Before diving right into buying food and supplies for your event, it’s wise to ask yourself some basic questions. Some questions include the following:
- How many people will be coming?
- What is your budget for the event?
- What will the weather be like? Can people be indoors and outdoors?
- How much time do you have available for planning?
- What do you want the tone of the party to be? Fancy? Casual?
These simple questions can guide and inspire you as you plan your event.
2. Plan the Menu
Once you’ve decided on the right tone for the event, it’s time to plan the menu. When bringing guests into your home, it’s wise to stay in your comfort zone. Now is not the time to be experimenting with new recipes. Choose a menu that includes a variety of food groups and caters to any special diets, whenever possible. You want all guests to feel valued and included. When hosting large groups, consider using safe wire buffet stands. Buffet stands are the perfect way to keep food warm while allowing guests to serve themselves when they are ready to eat.
3. Be Present
When it’s finally time for the event, don’t spend your time in the kitchen. Entertaining guests includes taking the time to be with them. When planning your event, try to minimize the amount of work that needs to be done during the event. Advanced preparation will enable you to spend your time visiting, eating and enjoying time with your guests.
Entertaining at home is a great way to get to know people. By following these tips, your next party will be a pleasurable success.