Whether it’s your birthday, or you are planning a party for somebody else, you want to make this special day one to remember for all the right reasons. Food is an essential part of a party, so you don’t want to upset your guests and have them leave early by forgetting about their hungry bellies.
These are the common food and drink mistakes party hosts make all the time.
Skimping on the food
You may not be having a three-course meal at the party, but your guests will get hungry. To stop them running rampant through your food cupboards, make sure you have plenty to eat, from snack foods such as sausage rolls to pieces of pizza and sandwiches. If you don’t have time to cook, consider the catering options we mentioned here, http://detroitmomandherviews.com/. The food is delicious and it cuts down on hassle.
Making the birthday cake
You may want to avoid a birthday cake altogether, as counting the candles can be quite depressing! However, a cake is a birthday tradition, so even if you ‘forget’ to buy the candles, you should still provide something. No matter how great you think you are in the kitchen, don’t be tempted to make your own cake if you are too busy with other details. You may forget it’s in the oven and burn it to a crisp, so head over to http://allcakeprices.com/safeway-cakes/ and pick up something nice to save yourself the hassle in the kitchen.
Forgetting people’s dietary restrictions
You shouldn’t try and cater for everybody on the party list, no matter how fussy they are. However, there are some people you should accommodate. Those who have food allergies will need special consideration. For vegetarians, there are great food ideas at http://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/vegetarian. Also, don’t forget those who are trying to lose weight. Having a table crammed with the finest desserts will provide a temptation that some people are trying to avoid.
Running out of cups
You don’t want to use your finest wine glasses unless you are having a fancy dinner party, so do yourself a favor and buy paper cups to cut down on the washing up. However, you might be tempted to buy just enough to cover each guest on your party list. Don’t! Always buy more than you need. Cater for any unexpected guests, and remember, in all the chaos of a birthday party, cups will go missing and get damaged when your friends accidentally sit on them!
Forgetting the non-alcoholic wine
Not everybody drinks alcohol, so make sure you have plenty of non-alcoholic wine, or other soft drinks, to cater for your more temperate guests. Of course, too much alcohol can also ruin a party. Your guests don’t need to get drunk to have a good time, and you don’t want to make a fool of yourself after downing too many glasses, so having alternative drink options is a sensible choice.