Ashley Armstrong, catering manager for the Hyatt Regency Tamaya, has several tips on planning a party, making it less stressful and lots of fun. According to Ashley,
Plan in advance. Don’t let the last minute details get you down. Determine which aspects of your party are the most important to you and be sure to have those taken care of well in advance.
Ask for Help
Parties are a time for giving and sharing, and this applies to the party you’re hosting as well.
Do what inspires YOU
Don’t try to please the masses, do what makes you happy.
Whether you’re throwing a party for 5 or a party for 500, think about the type of music or entertainment you’d like to incorporate. Will your party be cocktails and mingling, warranting upbeat holiday tunes? Are you hosting a sit down dinner deserving a lower volume conducive to dinner conversation? Do you have guests ranging in age that may enjoy a holiday movie or puzzle?
Don’t Forget the Little Ones
Children enjoy the holidays more than anyone, so if your party is appropriate to invite guests of all ages be sure to have some entertainment for the little ones too.
You can decorate well in advance. Don’t be afraid to dive in and get it done, it will be one less thing to worry about the day of your party.
A light scent can help set the mood from the very beginning. The Hyatt Regency Tamaya uses a scent of cedar and pine throughout the resort to inspire tranquility and a sense of the resort’s surroundings. Finding a soft scented candle or light incense can evoke festive moods and inspirations for cuisine
Menus and Serving
If you are not utilizing a caterer, be sure to keep the menus simple and geared towards food that can be prepared ahead of time, helping you to avoid last minute messes in the kitchen. If you’re planning an open house with guests arriving at varying times, be sure to select items that will hold well and be delicious throughout your event.
Hors d’oeuvre recipes can be prepared easily and ahead of time. Remember to keep it simple and fun.