Have you offered to host a large crowd to celebrate a special occasion? Thanks to your generosity and efforts, a great many people are about to enjoy a spectacular evening. Whether you’re commemorating a birthday, kicking off wedding festivities or celebrating a well-earned retirement, follow these tips for entertaining a large crowd from professional event planners and seasoned caterers. You event is sure to be a hit.
The first steps are to define your budget, set your dates and assemble your guest list. If this is a casual event and your guest list is large, it’s perfectly acceptable to send eVites. There are a multitude of websites that offer free templates and dashboards that keep track of invitees that have opened the eVite as well as a tally of responses. This takes the huge task off the host for keeping up with guests’ responses.
The easiest way to entertain a large crowd is to set up a buffet. A buffet can set the stage for a more casual event and allows guest to circulate and help themselves. If you have a separate dining room, this is the ideal location for a buffet. Place half of the dinner plates at either end of the table to allow guests to approach the buffet from either side. Select a centerpiece from cuttings from your garden or an arrangement from a florist. Position serving platters on the buffet a few days in advance in order to determine necessary spacing. Have serving utensils available on the table. Roll flatware in napkins to make it easier for guests to retrieve.
You don’t need to be an executive chef or hire an expensive catered to prepare dinner for a large crowd. The trick is to depend on recipes that you can easily master in advance. If it’s a crowd pleaser for your family, it will certainly work for this event. Consider taking advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and order an assortment of fabulous steaks from Omaha Steaks. Enlist a capable family member or close friend to oversee the grilling. Add a toss salad, fresh bread and a baked potatoes with a selection of toppings and you have a fabulous menu with limited work that sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Finally, set up a bar in a separate location. The kitchen table is ideal. Have a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available from which guests can select. Stock up on ice and extra glasses and you’ve set the stage for successfully entertaining a large crowd.