Getting your larger party right!
Large parties can be a lot more work than smaller parties. So, while you are contemplating your guest list and your venue considerations, think about some of these large party planning tips we know make a difference:
- Logistics. If it’s a big gig, do you need to hire party equipment? What if it rains or is really hot? Consider a marquee or shade tent. What about parking, bathrooms, and where to throw the coats? How about your pets? Is anyone allergic to your cat?
- Hiring help. Are you planning to work throughout your party, or do you want to be actively involved with your guests – consider hiring help. If kids are coming, keep them entertained – hire a couple of babysitters or children’s entertainers so the adults can relax. Ask for recommendations for catering. Our customers often send their friends and colleagues.
- BOOK EARLY. If you want to book catering, book as soon as you have your date. Just like party hire companies, caterers only have so many staff and pieces of equipment available. They appreciate that you won’t know your final numbers until closer to the date, but do need to manage their diary too.
- Decorations. Your budget will be your guide, but there’s nothing wrong with keeping it simple.
- Entertainment. Music sets the mood, so make a party mix. Games are optional, but decide when you want them to happen.
- Get advice from experienced event suppliers – they (we) form your ‘success team’ on the day. The more we all know about your plans and wishes, the easier it is for us to work to achieving these goals.
- Invitations – send four weeks ahead of time (six-eight weeks ahead for major holidays). The more details you give, the better. Include a map.
- RSVP list – add a column to make a note of food requirements. There are many specialty food alternatives available these days. Make sure the caterer knows well in advance.
- Surprise! If your event has an element of surprise for your guests – make sure you tell the event suppliers! They may need to plan their involvement, equipment, arrival or set up differently, and there is nothing worse than the surprise spoilt with an innocent comment passed on at the wrong time.
Large party planning tips for beverages and bar set ups
Beverages for a large party need careful consideration, too.
Sometimes the little details can get lost when you have larger scale logistics to navigate. Let us help!
- The bar – consider hiring a bar tender. A frozen cocktail machine is another great time-saver – they reduce the level of ‘service’ required by the bar tender, and can be placed in a different place, spreading out the access your guests have to drinks. Don’t forget, frozen slushies are not just for the adults. Our real fruit alcohol-free slushies are a real treat for your younger guests. Healthy too!
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- Mixed Drinks – make a non-alcoholic punch in one of our stylish champagne bowls or apothecary jar dispensers for designated drivers and children.
- For a smaller gathering, make one or two signature cocktails in a jug. Beer and wine can be self-serve.
- Recycling – a large part of bar service is actually removing the empties. Don’t flatten your wine cartons – they are ideal for refilling with empty wine bottles for the recycling bin. Also, plan ahead for removal of your recycling during the party – from the guest/bar area, and via rubbish collection.