We typically enjoy attending parties and gatherings as well as take pleasure in hosting one as well for our friends and relatives. Whether it is an assembly of only a few number of people like maybe four or six or a larger crowd like maybe a dozen more, planning, preparing, cooking and entertaining for it can be quite a feat especially if you are doing it all by yourself. You don’t want to be at the kitchen making last minute preparations most of the time when you need to be with your guests enjoying the party as well.
It is imperative that when you will be having a party, you need to plan for it accordingly. Have a clear decision on what should be part of your menu so that you could easily shop in advance for all the ingredients that you would need to cook the dishes. Choose a menu that would suit your cooking skills and abilities. Don’t use this time to try on complicated dishes to avoid delays or in case the food wouldn’t turn out as you would expect them to be. If you want to try cooking new dishes, practice it some other time. Preparing for a party isn’t the best time to do this. The menu likewise should also be appropriate for the event.
Once you have decided on your menu, ensure that you have everything you need to cook the dishes. Prepare all the ingredients in the measurements you need them as well as chop them already if needed so as to make your cooking much easier and quicker for that matter. Set a schedule so that everything will be ready and you will be ready to receive the guests upon their arrival.
What type of party will you be hosting? Will it be an intimate dinner with family, an outdoor barbecue with neighbors, or a surprise party for a friend? You also need to consider the number of people that will be attending so that you could decide if you would go for a course meal or a buffet. If you would be entertaining a much larger crowd, I would suggest that you go for buffet to avoid the hassle of serving dinner in courses. But if you could get some help or better yet have the extra means to hire waiters for it then I think it would make that more convenient for you.
The success of your party all depends on how much your guests have enjoyed your cooking and how well you have entertained them to have a great time.