(Closed) Phew… preparing to host a party is a lot of work!

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am right there with you.  Dh is having his annual bday/poker party tomorrow and I feel like I have SOOOO much left to do.

Post # 5
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

It is a lot of work, isn’t it?? I am hosting a NYE party and randomly my boss called me into her office the other day and gave me a ‘free’ day off for Dec 30th. That means my guests might actually get some from-scratch appetizers for once, lol!!

The more prepared you can be the better. I usually prep all of the trays with the food on them the morning of and keep them in the fridge until right before guests arrive. If you’re heating things up in the oven that might get tricky, but try to stagger those if possible. Also, make it so ANYTHING the guests could ask for is right there in front of them. Put out all glassware where it can be seen, napkins, plates, ice cubes, etc. I strive to make it so my guests don’t have to ask me for anything. Of course, it almost never works – but that’s okay!!

Oh and don’t forget to make space for their coats in your coat closet. Some people don’t like to put coats on a bed (strangely enough) I actually had a couple girls at the last book club I hosted insist on throwing their stuff on the floor instead. So now we basically empty it out so no one feels ‘weird’ about where their stuff is.

Post # 7
999 posts
Busy bee

I definitely know the feeling. We had a party on Friday for the first to become an annual Christmas party within our group of friends. It was crazy getting everything ready. But this was nothing compared to the housewarming a couple months ago. We only had roughly 15 people for the Christmas party whereas for the housewarming there was somewhere between 50-60 people there. This time it was a lot of outsourcing though. Still not the same satisfication as the housewarming though.

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