It is good to devise a
‘check-list’ for parties. It is then
easy to run through the list every time you plan
a party ensuring that nothing is missed out. The
check list may be updated from time to time with
How many people should one
depend upon factors including availability of
space, location of the party (at home or
outside), help available for cooking, serving
and cleaning and so on.
What type of party will be
most suitable for the occasion?
Will it be sit-down meal, a
buffet, a barbecue, a special theme?
Will it be dinner,
cocktails, luncheon, tea, picnic?
Will it be formal or
What menu should one
depend upon the general taste preferred by the
guests, type of the party to be given and taking
into account principles of a balanced menu.
Does one have necessary
provisions, grocery, vegetables, meats etc.
required for the menu? When does one go to the
Departmental Store? in advance? the day
before? on that day?
What kind of beverages
(alcoholic and non-alcoholic should one
depend on the occasion, lifestyle of the hosts
and the guests, the type of food to be served,
availability, and so on.
Hosts must make their own list of essential items,
though easily forgotten eg: tooth picks,
bottle openers, guest towels, fresh soap, paper
tissues and so on.
Budget for the Party
A simple budget will be helpful in
better cost efficiency and discipline. Also,
waste can be checked and avoided.