Party help to help you party!
So, the sun’s finally arrived! Hoorah!
So, what do you do? Organise a BBQ? A party? Great idea!
But, think about it; how much time are you going to actually spend with your friends? Realistically. The more people you invite the less time you’ll probably spend with your friends. Between greeting everyone, sorting drinks, food, directing people to the loo – hang on, did Mum ask for a white wine or a G + T? It can be chaos and before you know it, people are starting to leave and you’ve barely spoken to them. If it all.
Well, here are some handy hints which will give you more of a chance to reacquaint yourself with your friends….and the sun.
Step 1 – Fail to prepare, prepare to fail
Whether people will only want something to nibble at a party or a whole plateful of grub, they will always want more drink than food. So, make sure you have enough of both. Get as many glasses out ready for the onslaught and prep the food well in advance, so all you have to do is stick the drink next to the glasses and get people to help themselves whilst the food’s cooking away. Sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised the amount of people who leaves things to the last minute!
Step 2 – Space, the final frontier!
Make sure you have a realistic expectation as to where people will go in your home or where you will direct them. People always tend to have a chat where they find themselves (in the garden, in the kitchen, outside the loo), but if you can minimise this and keep people in a separate room to the food and drink (or at least far enough away that the table’s not gridlocked!), then your space will be much freer. Now the sun’s come out, why not put the food and drink in the kitchen and keep everyone outside. Who wouldn’t want to be out in the sun?!
Step 3 – Won’t somebody PLEASE think of the children!
Always best to designate an area for the kids. If it’s out in the garden, section as much of it off as possible for the children. I know, I know, how do you keep them there? Same way as keeping the grown ups in a certain area; you can’t! But, if you have anything that might coax them into staying there; toys kept in that area, maybe an adult or two staying with them and then swapping with others, then you have a better chance to keeping that area specifically for the kids and having less chance of an accident near food/drink/everyone else.
Step 4 – “If you’ve got time to lean, you’ve got time to clean”
This is what my old pub manager used to say to me when I worked in Essex. Yet, as annoying it was to hear, it’s stuck with me. Don’t leave things to the end. Put a sink full of hot water on (keep the children away) and when there is a build up of glasses and cutlery, do a quick once over. Have plenty of tea towels handy too as they’ll probably need to head straight back out again. This way, as people leave, you’ll have less to hand back out and they can go back into the cupboard.
Shameless Plug Alert
Lets face it, after a long week, the last thing you want to be doing is schlepping around Sainsburys buying bits and pieces for a party and chasing around after everyone asking if they want a drink or if they’ve had some food. You want to enjoy yourself, surely? House Elf have waited on many people and their Christmas parties, Christenings, wedding days and the resounding feeling is a sense of relief. With a House Elf or two at your next party, we can greet your guests, point out where they need to go, organise where the food and drink will be, keep topping people up, and give the place a clean before and, more importantly, after the party so that when you wake up in the morning you won’t be faced with a kitchen full of last night’s frivolities.
Now go get your Mum that G+T!
So, give us a call on 020 8720 7392 for our competitive hourly rates and also a chinwag about your party. For more information about House Elf, be sure to check our website www.houseelf.co.uk.
Jake and the team.