How to Host a Party That Will Leave Your Guests Flabbergasted

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Having a good time at a party certainly doesn't revolve around eating and drinking. Yet imagine a party with nothing to eat or drink; you know something's missing. Food and water make up the two most basic needs, if you don't satisfy them, you're not going to get a lot of thumbs up. There are three main aspects you need to take care of in order to have a good foundation for a great party. To start you'll have to let your guests know about the party, which is usually done by invitation. Call them up, leave them an e-mail or send them written invitations, depending on how special the occasion is.

One thing most guests do right as they arrive at the designated place is grab a drink. Beverages make an important part of any party. For many people the simple fact of holding a glass puts them at ease and makes up for whatever is in it.

Food is another important ingredient since your guests will be spending considerable time there and will likely get hungry throughout the whole party. The party type will dictate what sort of food you'll have around. As novelty you want to pick good music, decent lighting and fun decorations, but only after you've taken care of the basic party needs. So let's go through each of the key ingredients and make sure your party rocks.

How to send proper invitations

Incite your guests with your hospitality by sending invitations filled with every detail they might need. Depending on the budget you can do this in multiple ways. You can go for written invitations, those are the most classy but also cost the most, send emails or call everybody. Calling everybody is not exactly practical if you have a long guest list.

Unless you're celebrating a very special occasion like a wedding or buying a new house, you don't have to pay for written invitations. You can do just as fine a job by e-mail or by phone.

Consider writing the reason for the party, the date, time and location and also give them with an RSVP line. Consider adding extra information about food and drinks, if they're expected to bring something and clues on how to dress. It's often better to let your guests wear what they want, but if you're hosting a special type of party feel free to add more information.

How to stock up on beverages

Naturally, there is more than one way to go about this. You can go with a full bar, completely stocked with every drink and cocktail mix in the book. Besides that you can use a drink menu, restaurant-style and make your guests feel classy and superior. And you can opt for a signature cocktail party, either choosing something that fits the occasion, or something refreshing and memorable.

Regardless of your options you still need basic party supplies. Water, soda, beer and wine are must-haves regardless of whether or not we're talking about birthday party supplies or wedding supplies. If you're going to have a full bar consider adding garnish ingredients such as green olives, coarse salt and lemon.

Don't forget about glassware, ice and paper napkins. Have plenty of drinks around so you don't run out mid-way. Chilling beverages is another important aspect. Keep in mind the fridge is not very efficient, and drinks take up to 2-3 hours to chill completely. Consider an ice/water combination that will make your drinks completely chilled in about 25 minutes. Don't hesitate to call on party rentals if you're worried with party supplies. Many have great prices, for instance, Lonsdale provides such services in Vancouver for fair prices and excellent service.

How to plan the food

You need to plan what you're going to serve beforehand. It pays to go the extra length of having some variety on the menu. Use items that are in season because they're easy to find, taste better and they make your job that much easier.

Shopping and cooking shouldn't be last-minute jobs, do them ahead of time if you can. Try not to leave everything for the last day. Wash the salad, make sauces and bake the dessert beforehand. This way you can save a lot of stress and energy. Use a checklist so you don't forget anything.

Everything is in it's place and you're ready to start the party. Your guests are almost there, the food is almost done and the drinks are calmly waiting. Don't be afraid to call on party rentals for some help. You're not superman, you can't do everything. I'm sure you'll have a great, stress-free time, because you've taken care of the most important things at a party, so enjoy.

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