Tips for Entertaining a Large Crowd

Have you agreed to host a large function in your home?  You’re either excited at the prospect or are in a mild state of panic. Gathering with friends, family or coworkers is generally welcomed with a positive anticipation. Whether you’re planning a special celebration acknowledging a big birthday, retirement or anniversary, there are several basic tips for successfully entertaining a large crowd. Follow these recommendations from professional party planners and caterers to ensure your event is a huge success.

The first step is to secure the date and define the budget. It’s perfectly acceptable today to send invitations electronically. There are a myriad of websites that offer free invitations and provide excellent dashboards for keeping track of responses and which emails have been opened. Once you’ve determined the rough headcount, you can begin planning the menu. Unless you’re an accomplished chef, keep it simple. Select recipes that you’ve successfully prepared in advance.

The easiest and most stress free way to serve a large crowd is with a buffet. Set the buffet table in either the dining room or kitchen. Remove chairs from around the table to allow for easy access. Divide the dinner plates in half and place a stack at either end of the buffet so guests can help themselves from either side. Roll flatware in napkins for each guest. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and order a stunning bouquet from 1800Flowers for a striking buffet centerpiece.

Set up a separate self-serve bar area. Include alcoholic and non-alcoholic options for guests. Have an ample supply of ice an glasses on hand. Depending on the size of your home and the number of guests anticipated, locate the bar area in area away from the main dinner buffet for allow for easy flow of guests. If guests offer to bring a dish to share, suggest an appetizer.  You’ll get a variety of items and be able to remove one item from your to do list. Finally, designate an area for coats and jackets away from the main entertaining space. Have a grand time at your special celebration!