How many glasses will I need when hosting a party? Seemingly trivial questions can decide over whether your party is a success or not. People say that simply by doing something for a long time you become good at it. Well, it took me a long time to get it right. Having thrown many parties, I finally got my numbers right.
Why does it matter to you? If you are going out to a bar or restaurant in Singapore, you will see that the same principles apply. The food was good, but was the service really worth its money? Learn how to host your own party by numbers and become an expert in judging service in Singapore. The same holds if you are out with friends, ordering enough food for everybody. Be your own party planner.
If you are planning to throw a canapé party or a buffet-style, you probably want to display the food out on tables. Try to not leave food out for over 4 hours. If you are displaying food that is normally kept in the fridge or freezer, it should be kept at around 5 degrees Celsius. Food that is supposed to be hot, should be maintained and displayed not under 60 degrees Celsius.
Coffee, tea or something similar might not seem very impressive for your party, but around 80% of your guests will accept it. Have something prepared for your guests when they arrive. Just imagine yourself walking into a restaurant and your table isn’t ready yet. Wouldn’t you accept to have a coffee or drink by the bar? It will keep your guests busy, if the food for example isn’t ready yet.
Not Everybody will RSVP
No matter how nice the invitation was or much you will urge your friends to RSVP for your party, not everybody will RSVP. In reality it is only around 30% that will do it. So don’t plan your party with this confirmed number – it’s screwed.
Balance the Food
When hosting a party you shouldn’t just offer your own favourite foods. Display diversity instead. Even if your guests are not vegetarians, you should plan that at least half of the food offering is vegetarian. There are usually people with dietary restrictions or simply don’t eat certain meats or fishes.
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Cutlery & Napkins
Especially if you are having a canapé party or some buffet catering, you will need more cutlery and napkins than you think. Some guests will take a new napkin every time they get some food. Others will leave their plate and cutlery somewhere around your house and pick up a new plate once they get hungry again. Plan to have at least 10 times as many napkins as guests – be sure someone will spill something somewhere. Have double the amount of cutlery and plates than guests – sure to be sure. If you don’t have that many, get some paper and plastic ones for just in case.