novice party host seeks help!
June 25, 2014 7:45 AM Subscribe
Is it a faux-pas to not provide dinner for a party held during dinnertime? Also, need more suggestions for a first-time party host!
Since I have my house to myself for the time being, I decided to host a party this Saturday. The invites already went out and there will probably be about 10-12 people there. There's plenty of space, as well as a backyard.
I'm a little nervous though, because I haven't hosted a gathering like this at a place of my own residence in a long time, maybe ever!
I am mostly nervous about food. I set the party time as 5-9pm ("times flexible" is written on the Facebook invite). I said I would provide snacks and drinks and that guests could bring something if they wanted to. However, this is dinner time and I am not planning to make dinner- is that a problem? I will provide numerous snacks (dips, chips, fruit, etc). I set the time as flexible, so that means people could eat first and then come, or leave early....but is it annoying to have this kind of gathering without providing dinner? I was picturing more of a drop in and graze situation... I like the early evening time in summer, which is why I chose it.
Another questions I have is about what snacks and drinks to get/make...especially on a budget and vegan/vegetarian friendly.
And any other suggestions are welcome! We will have access to a backyard and a good amount of space. The party is casual, and the guests are laid-back types, most in their 30's.