Have you just agreed to host a large crowd in your home? You’re either really excited about the event or are a bundle of nerves and anxiety. Entertaining should be fun. The whole idea is to enjoy the company of others and have a relaxed and enjoyable evening. For the unprepared host or hostess, this is generally not the case. Take these tips for entertaining large crowds in your home from the leading caterers and event planners and your event will surely be a huge success – and you might even be able to relax and enjoy yourself once the guests arrive. The key to successful entertaining lies in advanced planning.

Tips for Entertaining a Large Crowd

The first step is to set the date, determine the budget and estimate the number of guests you anticipate. Once the date has been set, depending on the nature of the event, either send out printed invitations through the mail or send eVites electronically with the date, location and time of the event. Begin to plan your menu.  The easiest way to entertain a large crowd is with a buffet. Select menu items that can be prepared well in advance and are easy to consume if eating from a side table, coffee table or even standing.  Lasagna, salad and fresh bread are generally crowd pleasers. Each of these items can also be prepared well in advance. Opt for simple appetizers such as nuts, chips and dip and a fresh raw vegetable platter to satisfy nearly every guest.  Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon and order a selection of stunning fruit desserts for the buffet from Shari’s Berries that can do double duty as a centerpiece.  Set plates at opposite end of the buffet so guests can help themselves from either side. Roll flatware in napkins ready for guests to collect at the buffet. Set your buffet table several days in advance in the dining room. Reserve the kitchen table for appetizers and a drink station. Have ample glasses and ice on hand.

Best of luck to you in preparing a fabulous buffet and enjoying your event alongside your guests.