Everyone's holiday situation is different. Some families plan for a group of ten or so while others take turns hosting at their homes expecting 30 people to show up. Whether its an intimate family gathering, the annual company holiday party, or an event that needs special time and attention, I've got a couple of tips that are a sure fire way to relieve the stress of planning. These few tips are what helped me through many difficult last minute changes- but they were all accomplished with a smile. Let's go:
Make a list of what you need! Do not go into any event blindsided thinking that it will all come together and all you have to do is run to the grocery store to pick up a few items. That's not reality- its a Lifetime movie. Be sure to have the basics for any great party. The most important thing I've found are the appetizers. Appetizers are a sure fire way for your guests to begin mingling and conversing over the latest stock drop or the newest winner of the PGA (wink!). There is direct correlation between food and conversation even if its between strangers.
Pick a theme. Having a theme makes things easier when selecting menu items. Your menu is definitely always the center of your party, so make sure it sends the right message to your guests. Thanksgiving & Christmas are usually somewhat similar, so have fun, be creative, and stay organized. It will pay off in the end. Almost anything to throw an inexpensive gathering can be found at your local dollar store or discount outlet. I threw a party for 10 guests and only spent $17 on the decor. It is possible to have a memorable event, a beautiful theme, and stay within budget.
So, there you have it- my two easy easy tips for making any event one to remember. There's also a third tip I recommend to anyone who just wants someone else to handle everything while they mingle. Its simple, its proven effective, and it works every time- Hire The Bronx Gourmet.