Social events are a way to bring your most favorite people together to share good food, good wine, and good conversations. You may have attended plenty of these kinds of parties before, but maybe you have never hosted such an event yourself. If you’re thinking about hosting your own private party social event, keep reading to learn how to plan the simplest but most satisfying social event.
The Basic Formula
You’ll want to start by inviting people who have something in common and will have things to talk about. The age of your guests is a critical factor, as teens won’t have much in common with retirees. Next, choose a location that will accommodate your guests (both physically and logistically). Social gatherings can be held at someone’s home, or at a venue such as a winery or art gallery where you can enjoy good food and wine — and each other.
Get Creative With Food
When you’re planning your event, you should think about food as more than just a side dish. The right snacks can be a big part of your social gathering, and they don’t have to break your budget or take too much time in preparation. To keep things simple and delicious, use fresh ingredients with an international twist — think strawberries and feta cheese, mango salsa with tortilla chips, or pear slices on crackers with an almond butter spread. Hiring a professional catering company will have all the right dishes for whatever theme you are going for!
Whether you’re trying to impress a client or celebrating with friends, your private party is no time for lazy party favors. DIY party favors can be simple and inexpensive while still feeling special. What’s more, there are plenty of ideas out there that will help anyone on any budget host a successful social gathering. Each guest should take home something unique from your event as their parting gift. The perfect token could be an artisanal jar of jam from your garden or a personalized handkerchief.
What to Drink
When throwing a party, wine is always appropriate. However, depending on your guests’ preferences and your budget, beer and liquor are nice options as well. If you don’t want your alcohol-free friends to feel left out, have a selection of non-alcoholic beverages available for everyone.