Have you agreed to host a large function for friends, family or coworkers? This has either sparked your creative energies or set you into panic mode. Never fear, parties and buffets can be a great way to reconnect with friends and family. Follow these suggestions from the party planning experts to ensure your buffet is the talk of the party.
The first steps are to secure a date, guest list and budget. Once these items have been determined, the invitations can be sent. Don’t worry if you have a small budget, fabulous buffets can be put together on a small amount of money. Dedicate the dining room table in your home for the buffest and a small table in the kitchen for a bar and drinks. This will help the traffic flow around your home and prevent any bottle necks. Guest will most likely appreciate a beverage upon arrival and the buffet probably won’t be served until after all guests have arrived. If your party takes place in the winter or cooler months, be sure to have a designated spot for coats and wraps.
Select items for your menu that you’ve made in the past and are happy with. Unless you are an experienced cook, large parties are not the time to experiment with new recipes. A simple lasagna, tossed salad and warm bread are welcomed by most every guest. These items are easy to prepare in advance. You don’t want to be chopping vegetables in the kitchen when your guests are arriving.
Place half the plates at either end of the buffet to allow guests to start serving themselves from either end. Roll the flatware in napkins and have at both ends of the buffet. This will be easier for guests to manage. Select fresh flowers or cuttings from your garden for the centerpiece. Another festive option for a centerpiece is to take advantage of the great deals offered by Groupon coupons and order a fun bouquet from Edible Arrangements. Guests will delight in this centerpiece. You’ll have both a centerpiece and dessert in one! Enjoy your evening!