Entertaining tips from A to Chocolate
(NC)—When it comes to entertaining in the comfort of your own home, being organized is the key. To ensure that your evening goes off without a hitch, there are a few basic questions that a host must ask themselves: What is the theme? What is the setting? Will it be a cocktail party or a four-course meal? And finally, a question that is often overlooked: What is the budget?
When it comes to the theme, this is where a host can be most imaginative. In the wintertime, there are often sporting events that can be used for inspiration, and even a simple birthday can be the perfect excuse to party. Given the fact that most Canadians are often covered in heavy coats and winter hats throughout the colder months, a chic cocktail party might be just what the doctor ordered. Whatever the occasion, the theme will set the ground rules for planning.
Secondly, the location is always an important factor because it will also determine the number of guests you invite. You may want to host at home, but others might think outside the box and host an evening in a greenhouse or museum gallery, which can provide an edge to your party.
Food is always an important element of any successful gathering. If you'd like to have a buffet-style meal, seating is a must. Regardless of your format, delicious food is always appreciated by your guests. If your guests will be standing for most of the evening, perhaps you can offer light bites and cocktails, along with a special dessert, which can be as simple as a chocolate bar. Laura Secord, for example, points to its wide array of chocolate offerings that fit into any dinner party.
Budget is also an important consideration, especially if items are overlooked, such as rental equipment or décor. Party favours will help with this, says Laura Secord, suggesting several boxes of treats that can work with any number of budgets. When it comes to liquor, your guests would not expect you to have a stocked bar, and so a great way to cut down on costs would be to offer signature cocktails.
Once these questions are answered, the framework of your party is in place. The most important factor in entertaining is to ensure that your guests have a good time, so tailor a party that you, yourself, would enjoy.
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