I have briefly mentioned my slight obsession for Event Planning, and when I say slight, I mean full on all consuming obsession. To the point, where I am sitting here writing this post thinking of the next event I can plan (nerdy I know), my husband makes fun of me all of the time. I have had a lot of experience and success in planning events: my bridal shower, our wedding, my baby shower, my son's baptism, my mom's 50th Birthday, my Zia and Zio's 50th Wedding Anniversary, my son's first Birthday and a friend's wedding.
I often get asked for my thoughts, opinions and ideas when others are planning their own events and I love helping. For each of my events that I planned, I spent many hours thinking, researching, organizing and planning on how to make each one of them fabulous and different. I am not claiming to be a professional, but I am a self-proclaimed perfectionist and planning an event is no exception. Here is tip #1!!
TIP #1: Food & Drink are Most Important
When people go to an event, the first thing they discuss afterwards is how good or bad the food and drink was-at least I do, maybe it's because I'm Italian?! Either way, people want to go to a party or event and have a variety of food and drink choices and quality food and drink at that. Of course food selection would vary depending on time of day, daytime vs. nighttime, brunch, lunch or dinner etc. Another factor would be season, fall, winter, spring and summer, straying away from giving guests menu items that are out of season is a must and focusing on seasonable fruits and vegetables are essential.
Make sure to have tasted or eaten at any of the places where you hold an event before you even decide to do so, if you don't like the food, will your guests? My recommendation is to never cheap out in the food & drink department, you should sacrifice a decor item (if need be) to have top-notch food. No one wants to go to an event that looks stunning but lacks in the food & drink department. Just like in fashion, "it's always better to be overdressed then underdressed", the same goes with food, it's better to always have more food than less, you don't want your guests to be hungry... EVER. Below are some food & drink photos from my events and some reasons why I selected each of them. Stay tuned for Tip #2 next week!!
An Anti-Pasto plate at my late spring bridal shower. Canteloupe & Watermelon are good options for this time of the year. If your event is in the fall or winter months, maybe substitute the melon for something else, more meat, olives, vegetables.
A punch fountain offers a non-alcoholic alternative for non-drinkers and kids...and it looks pretty too!!
Buffet Style Serving is always appropriate at an outdoor 1st Birthday Party, this wasn't all of the food either...we had enough for my entire neighbourhood. No harm in that- everyone get's to take leftovers.
Homemade Italian Cookies are always a sweet treat at a Bridal Shower..and really any other time.
Chicken a la Pietro (chicken stuffed with roasted red peppers & bocconcini cheese) Parisian potatoes and a vegetable bundle for a daytime formal Bridal Shower. Chicken is a nice choice for a formal sit down lunch.
Beverage dispensers with Iced Tea, Lemonade, Spiked Punch and Cucumber water are refreshing for a scorching summer Baby Shower and provide a vintage look (which was the theme).
Cheese stuffed ravioli with a rose sauce. For your guests who have food restrictions or allergies make sure to have an alternative (most venues do) but make sure to have them at a home event also.