Location & Invitees
Where you will hold the event and how many people you invite are tied together. And have a large impact on the type of event. If you wish to have 50 people at your home, it is probably not reasonable to have a sit-down dinner. Depending on the size of your home you may also want to look for a venue. The number of attendees will also impact your ability to host on your own. Hiring a caterer is one option, budget permitting though you do not have to hire a caterer. Another option would be considering a small staff and have much of your food offerings prepared ahead or made for you.
There are numerous factors to consider when determining your menu. The first thing to consider, what are your skills? If you have trouble boiling water, preparing a five course dinner may not be the best idea. That being said, today you can find many options of prepared foods that will make you the host offering the most. As recently as ten years ago, finding prepared foods that could compete with chef made foods was virtually impossible, that has changed. The best recommendation would be to visit your local gourmet market, like Hazel Dean’s. The staff is happy to help with suggestions and ideas to get you started. Or work out your entire menu with you! Whatever your budget they can source appetizers and specialty foods to fit right in. The whole idea is to have an enjoyable event for you as well as your guests, not make yourself miserable by eliminating much of the stress.
Food Prep & Servers
Whether or not you have someone prepare food and serve your guests will, for all practical reasoning, be determined for you. A small, intimate gathering can be handled by you with little help. A large gala is going to require a complete staff. However, many events can be handled by a small staff to keep food replenished and dishes clean.
Set Up & Clean Up
Which brings us to setting up for the event and cleaning up afterwards. This is really just a matter of preference and budget. It is nice to have your space cleaned and ready for your guests as well as cleaned up after the event by a professional staff. Family and friends are also a great source of help for this aspect of the event.
All things considered, one of the best resources for planning and implementing a great event is your local gourmet store. They pride themselves in knowing what is available, what goes together well and how much you’ll need for the number of guests you are expecting. They are most likely your neighbors or friends!
– Hazel Dean’s