Planning your own party can be pretty nerve wracking. There is so much to do, from the tables and chairs, to the cutlery, crockery and glassware, are you intending to have a bar and what kind of kitchen equipment will you need. Are you going to cook yourself or get a chef and if you intend inviting a lot of guests, who is going to serve them, you? Then there’s the cleaning up afterwards. Here are some useful things to consider if you plan to organise your own party.
- Work out how many people you intend to come to this event and then work out how much space you have. There is no point inviting fifty people if you only have the space for twenty. If you are thinking of holding it outside, what if it rains? Will you staggered the arrival times so that you can cater to a larger number of guests?
- If you want a large crowd to attend then a buffet is the logical choice. You can either have finger food or a fork buffet and allow your guests to eat what they want when they want. The downside to this is that you may be constantly re-heating food up or you may not have prepared enough.
- You are going to need to store a lot of food and it’s likely that your standard refrigerator won’t stand up to the challenge. This is when you need to be looking at wholesale catering equipment companies who will supply you with everything you need for a successful event. Are there enough work surfaces, is the oven and hob big enough and if you need a bar, where are you going to put it?
- As stated previously, contact a wholesale catering equipment provider to ensure you have sufficient equipment for cooking and enough cutlery, crockery and glassware. If you are lucky they might even provide a ‘return dirty’ policy where you don’t have to wash up. This will save you a wealth of time.
- You really do need a plan as this will help you to keep up with everything and if problems arise, hopefully you will be prepared for them. Write a comprehensive list of everything you may need including chef, waiting staff, food, beverages, equipment and decorations. When you acquire each item mark it off the list and move on to the next one. Give yourself a lot of time. Don’t try to organise a party in a week because it will probably be a failure. Avoid stress and don’t take on anything too big. You may be ambitious but you also have to be realistic.
Preparation Is The Key.
- Prepare everything in advance. If you need lots of vegetables, then chop them up and store them before the event. Be careful with food safety. The last thing you want is for your guests to get sick. If there’s hot food, then keep it hot and when taking food from the fridge, just serve smaller quantities and go get more when the guests want them.
If you follow the above advice, there is no reason why your party shouldn’t be a huge success and you will have covered most bases. Also, don’t forget to have fun. Good luck and bon appétit..