I figure with summer coming up a lot of people will start hosting get-togethers. There’s Memorial Day, graduation parties, and barbecues galore. If you’re like me and you come from a big family you might be used to hosting a large crowd but, if you’re not hosting a ton of people can seem overwhelming.
Like I said, my family is pretty big so whenever there is an occasion I expect a lot of people to show up. Here is my advice for saving time, money and yourself from stress when preparing for a large crowd.
Start preparing what you can the night before:
Every Thanksgiving, my mom and I prep our sides the night before because we know the turkey will spend most of the day in the oven. Preparing the smaller things the night before saves us a lot of time and stress the day of.
Bring out the crock-pot:
You guys know I love my crock-pot and use it weekly. They are also great for parties. You can leave your food cooking for a few hours while you get ready for your guests. When your dish is done, you can leave it on the keep warm setting so it won’t get cold. It’s a win-win for the crock-pot.
Buy pre-made food:
I rarely do this, but buying pre-made food or having some food catered is great for hosting a lot of people.
Tidy up quickly:
Be sure to do a quick dusting and vacuuming before your guests come. Clean up (or hide) the clutter, so you have room for entertaining. Seek help for this if you need to. Having a maid service come prior to your party can free up some more time for you prepare for your hosting duties.
Make your party a potluck:
If you’re strapped for time and or money, throwing a potluck is a great idea. I feel like summer is the season for potlucks, so invite your guests to bring a dish or a bottle. Whenever I throw a party people usually offer to bring a dish anyway, it’s a great way to talk to your friends and family about their favorite dishes and recipes.
Those are my tips for hosting a large party. What are your party hosting tips? Leave a comment below if you want me to do a post on my favorite potluck recipes.
Thanks for reading!
XO- Samantha Leigh
8 thoughts on “My tips for hosting a large party”
I always shy away from hosting but I don’t like the work. But your tips are super helpful.
Fabulous tips Samantha. I particularly like the idea of inviting guests to bring their own dishes to the party, as I think these would be a great talking point.
Nothing brings people together like food lol
These are really great tips! Definitely the key for me is the prepping everything the night before, it helps so much.
Great tips! I’ll keep these in mind while planning our Memorial Day party!
Great tips, we fell in love using an instant pot and air fryer. Makes a bunch of food depending on size and in less time. We still bring out the crockpot once in awhile.