By Chef Robbie
Hosting the perfect party can seem quite a daunting task, but with a well organized plan and a few tips you can pull it off without a hitch. First of all, a party should be fun for your guests and for you. Why go to all the effort if you cannot partake in the fun and enjoy the time with your guests as well? With that being said, the first tip is to have enough help to prevent you from becoming stressed and overwhelmed. Many shy away from hosting parties because they think it is too hard and complicated of an endeavor to undertake. Recruit some friends or bring in the experts. Having enough help is the first step in throwing the perfect party.
Next, look at the big picture and ask yourself a few questions. What do I want my guests to walk away saying? How do I want the party to flow? Will this be a casual or more formal event? Who am I inviting? The answers to these questions will help you prepare for the level of entertaining you want to pull off.
When hosting a party in your own home, the very first step is to do some basic maintenance. Empty the garbages and the dishwasher, clean out the fridge to make space, have plenty bottled water on hand, finally, clean and stock the bathrooms.
Remember these Tips
- Decide on a flow, theme, and menu. Be sure to consider any dietary restrictions your guests might have.
- Remember who you are entertaining. If you are looking to impress, go that extra mile. If it’s just a nice, relaxing time with friends you’re after, a simple grilling party hits the spot.
- Think about the small details to ensure everything runs smoothly: parking, music, dining areas, seating, flowers, decor, stow away for coats and personal items, etc.
- There is nothing more embarrassing than running out of something at a party. Take inventory of dishes, serving platters, glasses, and anything else you might need.
- Lastly, set a budget for the event even if it is a rough one.
Robbie Rense has been in the culinary industry for over 10 years and attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York where he went on to receive his culinary training and bachelors degree in culinary business management. During Robbie’s internship at the CIA, he trained at the Chatham Bars Inn in Cape Cod, MA, a five diamond resort, with visiting VIP chef Oscar Gonzales from the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida. Robbie moved to Texas where he opened the Sur La Table cooking school at the Houston City Centre as the Resident Chef and Culinary Manager. Robbie is the owner of Savory Celebration with his wife Samantha.