I thought with the holiday season approaching, this might be fun, and helpful.
I attended a party not too long ago, which inspired this thread topic.
For beverages, they had some wine which was fine. But for non-alcoholic beverages, they had nothing but diet sodas and water. Why would you throw a party and have as your choices for non likker be diet soda and water? And the food. OY! Lets just say it was lacking significantly.
So hereís a few tips from me:
Have a variety of non alcoholic beverages. Not everyone likes diet soda (I know I canít drink it because it gives me a headache), and being at a party, Iím going to want to drink something other than water. Have something like Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and maybe a juice like cranberry. Poof, you have non alcoholic drinks that can also double as mixers! Also, have some water available as well and maybe even some coffee.
If itís not a dinner party, make sure you have plenty of appetizers and snacks. Have chips and dips out. Veggies and dip are good too. Cheese and crackers and maybe a peanut/M&M combo. These are all good spead all over the house in a variety of rooms and on end tables and such. For an actual buffet table type set-up, spinach dip with bread is good as itís filling and easy to make. For an easy way out, buy some pre-made appetizers to heat up like chicken satay, or maybe mini quiches. I usually buy one package each of whatever I am buying to heat up for a large variety of appetizers.
And always plan on having more than you need for drinks and snacks. You just donít want to run out and either have to leave your party, or send someone out for you. Thatís bad hosting in my book.
I have a lot more ideas but thought Iíd get this started and see what everyone else has to add.