5 Simple Tips for Hosting an Amazing Party

From casual backyard barbecues to holiday feasts, hosting a party offers a great opportunity to treat your friends and family to a fun and memorable occasion filled with conversation, connection, and laughter. As the host of the party, your role extends beyond simply serving food and drinks—it’s important to set an energetic vibe for the gathering to ensure that all your guests feel comfortable and welcome. If you are stressed, your guests will likely sense it and feel stressed as well. Keeping the party as simple and relaxed as possible will help reduce stress and ensure that everyone—hosts included—has a wonderful time.

Did you know that Bennett’s has catering and party throwing professionals that will make all your worries disappear? From simple market items packed for pick up to full scale catering, our professionals are here to support you in hosting a wonderful party.

If you are throwing a party use the following five tips to guide you in hosting a successful gathering:

  • Plan essential details well in advance. When hosting a party, planning is the key to avoiding last-minute stress and ensuring that you will be able to enjoy this special time with your guests. Begin by sending the invitations at least three weeks in advance. Once you have an idea of how many people will be attending, decide; will you be using paper or plastic vs. china and glass? The number of plates, utensils, napkins, and glasses you will need depends on the style of party you want to host. Ask yourself what rooms do you want to use? Do you want a casual standup and mingle or a more formal sit down event? As you begin to plan the menu, ask guests if they have any food allergies or other dietary restrictions so you can be sure to have options that everyone will enjoy. Bennett’s kitchen bar market provides food for all types of lifestyles: Paleo, Gluten-Free Friendly, Keto, Vegan or Heart Healthy. We hand craft food that has both you and your guests covered!
  • Stick to dishes that you’ve made before and with which you feel comfortable. As fun as it can be to test out new recipes, doing so for a party leaves too little time to rectify mishaps or deal with unforeseen challenges. To minimize stress, opt for simple, familiar dishes that will please a crowd. Not all of the dishes need to be homemade—save time and effort by assembling a charcuterie board or working with our team at Bennett’s to fill in with prepared appetizers or entrees.
  • If you will be serving cocktails, set up a self-service bar. Don’t forget to have plenty of ice on hand. In addition to freeing up more time for you to mingle, this will give guests the freedom to mix drinks to their liking. To guide them, write down a few recipes for your favorite cocktails. Laminate and place the recipes on the bar.
  • Keep the setting simple. Even when hosting a dinner party, entertaining does not need to be formal; guests will likely enjoy themselves in a casual, convivial atmosphere. The kitchen or backyard serve as fun gathering spots.
  • Set the scene before the first guests arrive. Even if you feel like you’re still scrambling to finish last-minute details, try to have music playing, candles lit, and the bar set and ready. Guests will be swept up in the festive ambience and instantly feel at ease.
  • While it’s always fun to impress your guests with delicious food and eye-catching decorations, the most important way to ensure a successful party is to focus on making each and every guest feel truly welcome. By keeping your preparations as simple as possible and leaving yourself enough time to enjoy your guests’ company, you will create a relaxed atmosphere and a memorable time for your friends and family.

    Planning to host a party? Keep your menu simple and delicious with grab-and-go items from Bennett’s! In our specialty market, you’ll find a wide variety of high-quality prepared dishes. We will work with you to prepare mouthwatering dishes of your party, leaving you to enjoy. We will roast prime beef, toss specialty salads, slice up rotisserie chicken or bake meatloaf. We also offer a mouthwatering assortment of specialty charcuterie meats and cheeses from around the world for a butcher’s board laced with house baked focaccia. All of these will perfectly complement a bottle of wine from our cellar! Check out our market menu at, or stop in to Bennett’s today to see how we can help make your next party a success! Better yet drop us an email at and let us help you from the start!

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