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#1 Gudrun

Posted 17 February 2019 - 12:04 PM

Turning 70 and having a party at my place. A Saturday afternoon going into the night for stayers. The full gambit of ages.

I'm getting it catered.  So I'm trying to work out the time to put on the invites and to tell the caterers for the main meal.

Do I think late lunch or early tea (dinner) or somewhere in between?  

Would love advice from party people.  TIA

#2 Mollyksy

Posted 17 February 2019 - 12:11 PM

Maybe early dinner? So start time of say 3, dinner 5.30? So if people start drinking they'll have a meal within a few hours to soak it up. Doing that though, I'd recommend doing a second wave of something edible around 8.30/9, even just coffee/tea/dessert to ensure the hard core partiers have food in their tummies! Doesn't have to be elaborate, a prepared plate of sandwiches would do.

(From a lifetime in a family of home based parties for big occasions that tended to go on, and on!).

Happy 70th!!

#3 BusbyWilkes

Posted 17 February 2019 - 12:13 PM

Is the main meal finger food? Or sit down? Does the party include kids?
I would go with a 3.30/4 start, with a few platters to snack on when people arrive, then main around 6.30/7. Those who have other commitments or young kids could just come for the first few hours. The stayers would get 2 options of food, to balance out the drinking!

#4 little lion

Posted 17 February 2019 - 12:20 PM

Happy birthday!

I think as long as you mention on the invitation what food is being served, people will be able to plan accordingly. I’d probably say early dinner and arrival time is from about two hours before that is served?

#5 Gudrun

Posted 17 February 2019 - 01:41 PM

Thank you experts!  Food will be buffet style.  There will be kids and I have planned for second wave sustenance.

#6 Tinky Winky Woo

Posted 17 February 2019 - 03:30 PM

Why not do an afternoon tea with dinner to follow.  Some of the older guests might like to be home before dark.

#7 Lifesgood

Posted 17 February 2019 - 03:50 PM

I like Tinky Winky's suggestion.

Serve mini pikelets/scones with jam & cream and a selection of little sandwiches and tiny cakes in the afternoon around 3pm with tea, coffee, champagne, chilled rose etc.

You can move on to beer, wine etc.

Then at dinner time serve a savoury buffet of pulled pork, roast chicken pieces, potato bake, bread rolls, salads etc and have birthday cake for dessert.

You can cut the cake in the afternoon if you want the early-leavers to be involved in that part of the festivities, just make sure there is some left for dessert later, perhaps with any leftovers from afternoon tea.

Happy 70th! I love that you are celebrating with a big bang.

#8 Luci

Posted 17 February 2019 - 03:53 PM

View PostTinky Winky Woo, on 17 February 2019 - 03:30 PM, said:

Why not do an afternoon tea with dinner to follow.  Some of the older guests might like to be home before dark.

I like the idea above. If you have on the invitation arrive from 3pm & dinner at 6.30pm (or whenever) do you think there is a risk that people will just turn up in time for dinner?

Whatever you decide I hope you have a lovely birthday party.

#9 Lifesgood

Posted 17 February 2019 - 05:43 PM

I would say something like:

"High tea from 3pm and dinner from 7pm, please come for one or both, whatever suits you"

ETA: and for catering purposes have an RSVP option to tick a box for one or both.

Edited by Lifesgood, 17 February 2019 - 05:46 PM.

#10 Rilee's~Mama

Posted 12 March 2019 - 08:57 AM

How was the party OP?

#11 Gudrun

Posted 12 March 2019 - 01:34 PM

View PostRilee, on 12 March 2019 - 08:57 AM, said:

How was the party OP?

It's not until July. I thought if I don't think ahead and get people to keep the date free it won't happen. I'm committed now!

#12 PrincessPeach

Posted 26 March 2019 - 07:31 PM

You may be pleasantly surprised at how long they all stay on - my grandfathers 80th Birthday we did a dinner starting around 5pm (dinner served at 6.30pm). The older ones outlasted the grandkids, the last guests left at 2am!

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