If you are in the process of preparing a New Years Eve party, you probably want to make the event as stress free as possible. While there's always a few stress involved in planning any event, there are several steps you can take in cutting the amount of stress involved when you are planning your New Years Eve party. This article will center on providing tips for keeping the stress level to a lower limit when planning a New Years Eve party. There could still be a couple of areas which cause concern or stress but if you comply with these tips, the event will probably be more enjoyable for you and the guests.
Consider making the attire for the event casual rather than formal to make a more stress free environment. This simple stress can be very effective for cutting the stress level. Firstly, if the affair is casual, the host will have to spend less time dressing up for the party. This is crucial because the host often gets quite stressed out on the day of the party since she is trying to take care of last minute details while she is also concerned about getting dressed for the party. It also helps to alleviate the stress level because guests await more elegant food for a formal party than they do for a casual party so there is lower stress to organize and serve an elaborate meal at the party.
Irrespective of the type of food you decide to serve, setting up the food for a New Years Eve party can be a substantial cause of stress. Employing a caterer is the most effective way to minimize this stress. When employing a caterer the host could have a great deal of work on the planning phases in choosing a caterer, tasting the food and selecting dishes for the menu, but once this is done the host only has to worry about organizing the delivery and service of the food. This allows the hostess to be free to focus on other elements of the party and keeps her from spending a great deal of time in the kitchen on the evening of the party.
While employing a caterer is an perfect idea, it can be rather expensive. Luckily there are also a number of inexpensive options for minimizing the stress that goes with preparing the food for a New Years Eve party. One fun style to do this is to make the party a potluck event. Having guests bring dishes such as salads, side dishes, appetizers, desserts and even main dishes or drinks greatly brings down the amount of work for the host. In this situation the host only has to worry about putting up one or two items and organizing the other guests to ensure they do not all bring like items.
Some other inexpensive option which can help to cut back the amount of stress normally associated with preparing the food for a New Years Eve party is to serve only appetizers, desserts and cocktails at the party. This is importantly less expensive as appetizers are traditionally much less expensive than entree items. It is also acceptable to do this since most New Years Eve parties don't start until 8:00-9:00 at night. It is accepted to assume most guests will have had dinner earlier in the evening but as a courtesy to the guests it's worthwhile to point out on the invitations that only appetizers and desserts will be served up.