Have you been wanting to host a party at your house for so long, but haven't been able to? Now is the time! There's nothing like gathering your closest family or inviting new friends over for the first time. There are so many ways to go when entertaining in your home that it can be overwhelming. Here's a quick how to of what you'll need to make your event a fabulous time for all.
1. The Questions- First things first you need to establish the basics.
- Who is coming? Friends or family? The boss or the co-worker? Kids or not?
- What works for your home? Can you seat people for meal around a table? Is a cheese board served up on the coffee table a better option?
- What’s the occasion? Is a casual brunch more your vibe or are you picturing a glam extravaganza?
- What’s the budget? Is it potluck or are you providing all the food?
- What’s the weather? Is it warm enough to extend the party outdoors (and extend the guest list)?
- What inspires you? Are you a baker extraordinaire? A regular Martha Stewart? Do you already have a Pinterest board at the ready?
- What’s the available time investment? Love to host but your days are booked solid? Consider a simple event that you can prep in advance.
2. The Theme- Once you've answered all these questions you can move onto selecting the perfect theme. Here's a quick list of suggestions for you.
- Morning coffee/Afternoon tea
- Weekend brunch
- The buffet lunch
- The plated, multi-course dinner party
- The family-style dinner party
- Pizza party / ordering in
- Wine & Cheese (formal or informal)
- The backyard barbecue
3. The Guests- Now that you've got a theme it's time to do some math. People + chairs + food = party. It’s important that the basic math adds up for your event. Here’s a quick guide.
4 – 10 guests — Around the dining room table, family style meal (meaning platters of food in the middle of the table).
10 – 15 guests — Dining room table, plus a smaller ‘kids table’. Family style meal.
15 – 35 guests — Buffet service, often finger food with no utensils required. Youngest children, such as toddlers etc, seated at the table, usually with a parent. Seating throughout house with plenty of space on side tables for cups/plates.
40 guests — Backyard, buffet service on end-to-end picnic tables, outdoor bar, only during summer months except on the rare occasion.
4. The Must Haves- Depending on what kind of gathering you've decided to throw there are some thing that will help make the night a huge success. First of course are plates, tableware, glasses and linens. One item that will take your party an unforgettable night is a stunning charcuterie board. Everyone loves to snack so a quality charcuterie will become a focal point of the evening. The Sippin'It Charcuterie & Cutting Board is a one of a kind item that will beautifully display all your meat and cheeses that people will love.
5. The Final Touch- Decorations will bring your theme, guests, and must have's all together. If decorating isn’t your thing, ask one of your friends who is good at it to come over early and help you arrange some flowers. Don’t think your serving pieces are up to snuff? Call up your girlfriend and ask her to bring over that fabulous serving piece you recall from her last party. She will be flattered you admire her pieces. If nothing else, hire a caterer or decorator to help fill in the gaps of what you need help with the most.