Throwing a party at home for your friends and family can be a wonderful affair, if not a tricky one to pull off. As you get into planning for a large home party, you start to realise the amount of work that goes into organising an event of any size; from the food, the decorations, the drinks, the seating and everything else in between, it can be difficult to organise a party on your own.
To help you throw the perfect party that everyone will enjoy, we share our top tips on how to prepare for a family buffet:
A good party has a cohesive theme but it is important that you don’t go over the top with your vision. Create a theme using the flavours of your foods rather than intricate decorations and dress codes. Trying to do too much will leave your party feeling disorganised and confused.
The trick to hosting a large party is to do as much work as possible in advance. You don’t want to spend your time during the party in the kitchen, cooking dishes or preparing anything for the table. When it comes to serving the food, it is also important that the food is simple for the guests to help themselves to. So, do all the cutting, slicing and dividing before they arrive so they can simply grab and go.
One Plate, One Fork
It is a simple rule that all organisers abide by when it comes to a buffet and you should do the same at home. Always choose food that can be eaten with one hand so people can eat it standing up. Guests don’t want to have to juggle their food, their drink and handshakes all night, and as they won’t all be able to find a flat surface from which to eat off, it is important that they can eat the dishes with one hand.
Keep The Dishes Light
With a buffet, courses are not a good option, so be sure to keep your food light so that people can keep coming back for more. Each dish should serve as more of a satisfying snack rather than a meal so that people can pick and choose different combinations and try as much as possible over the course of the evening.
If you want to trade in the hassle of preparing your own buffet for a readymade, professionally prepared buffet then visit Royal Nawaab. Our halal restaurant in London provides a unique Indian and Pakistan banquet that the whole family will love.