Throwing a party can be a daunting task... especially if you’re hosting a big group! I find that most people tend to only host one party every other year and they end up inviting everyone they know. Besides preparing food for an army, you have to clean every inch of your house, gather extra chairs from the neighbors and wash all of your glasses and china. It even sounds exhausting- no wonder most people only entertain so infrequently! I encourage everyone to host more small parties and fewer big parties. They are much more fun! With a smaller group you can actually enjoy your guests and have a great time yourself.
Here are some of my favorite ideas for hosting smaller parties:
- A Mini Pizza Making Party
Invite a small group of friends over for a “Make Your Own Pizza Party.” This party works best with a small group because we all know that there can, in fact, be ‘too many cooks in the kitchen’ at times. Before the party, display various toppings for your guests to use to make their pizza creations- be sure to have the traditional pepperoni and mozzarella, but add a couple of fun ingredients like goat cheese and grilled artichokes. End the night with “Build Your Own Ice Cream Sundaes”- another hands on favorite everyone will be more than willing to help with.
- A Little Lobster Boil
As we all know, lobster and seafood can be a bit pricey, to say the least. It is not something you’d want to buy to a large crowd, but it can be such a treat for a small group of very special friends. Every year Mike and I host a Lobster Boil for our very best friends- we love treating our favorite people to a night of feasting like Kings and Queens.
- No Small Tomatoes
As Summer is officially here, it is time to embrace the seasonal produce. Invite a small group of friends to enjoy the fruits from your garden. Set up a table for four right in the midst of your plantings for an up close and personal view of your crop... it will definitely be a great way to spend a Summer night with a few close friends.