It’s true that the busiest people tend to get the most accomplished. If you genuinely enjoy entertaining friends and family but are scrambling at the last minute, follow these recommendations from the professional party planner to ensure that your event is a simple and stress free as possible.
One of the easiest ways to entertain a crowd is with a buffet. This can be as simple as serving prepared dishes from the kitchen counter and as elaborate as setting up a buffet table for a large group. Either way, commit to keeping it as simple as possible. Make a list of items to be accomplished and prepared several days prior to the event. This will reduce a tremendous amount of stress on the day of the event. Select menu items that can be prepared as far in advance as possible. Consider making items the weekend prior to the event and simply freezing them. Another option is to take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and order from the huge dessert selection available at Harry and David. Everyone loves fresh fruit and this will be one less item from your menu to prepare.
Finally, select fresh flower or blooming shrubbery sprigs from your garden for the buffet table to give it a more festive look. Set up a bar or drink area so guests can help themselves throughout the evening. To keep communications with your guests simple, send out an eVite with detail about the event. If your guests offer to bring a dish to share, by all means take them up on it. On the day of the event, plan to have at least an hour to yourself to relax and prepare yourself for the event. You certainly don’t want to greet your guests completely exhausted. Follow these suggestions and your event will not only be as stress free as possible, but you’ll actually be able to relax and enjoy your time with friends and family.