December is right around the corner which means two things; the biggest holiday of the year is approaching and it’s time to start preparing for it. Hosting and planning a holiday party is a very difficult task. It takes good organizing skills, planning, and quick thinking if things go awry. If you are inexperienced in setting up parties you are in a lot of trouble and risk flubbing the whole event.
Now let’s say you hire a caterer and he sets up the whole party for you from the planning, location, budgeting, etc. But this still leaves you with one of the most difficult decisions to make when putting together a party. A decision that could make or break even well put together party “picking the menu”. Why is the menu so important? Well ask most of your guests and you’ll get the same answer because at a party, the one thing everyone looks forward to is the food. If the menu is bad then so is the party.
To help beginners like you, we have made a list of tricks that will help you make the menu, that fits your vision of the perfect party.
How To Set Up a Party Menu
Prepare For Dietary Restrictions
You could serve the greatest meal mankind has ever seen but it won’t matter if your guests can even eat it. When making a menu make sure to ask your guests if they have any dietary restrictions beforehand. Here are some of the most common dietary restrictions to look out for:
Vegetarian or Vegan
Religious Food Restrictions
This will ensure you have a menu that is all-inclusive and none of your guests are left disappointed.
Drinks Are Important
If the food is good the only thing that can make it great is a drink, whether it’s a wine or cocktail that goes along with it. When you are making a menu most people make the mistake of only focusing on the food and putting some mediocre drink brand along with it. This can make your menu look cheap.
Have a Theme
If you are serving your meals in courses then you need some kind of theme to neatly tie it all together. If you don’t have a theme the meals can seem disjointed. What if you aren’t serving in course should your party still have a theme? Yes, Themes are still important because not only do they make your party visually pleasing they also add an extra fun factor to your party.
Do a HeadCount
Before you even start making a menu make sure you do a headcount of the attending guests. Doing this will help you in budgeting, menu planning, and choosing a location. If you ignore this advice your party could be struck with a disaster that is impossible to recover from a shortage of food.
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