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Hiring Help for your Party

Most recommend that when the guest lists exceed 15 or 20, depending on your space situation, it is usually best to seek some outside help. Help can range from renting plates to hiring a bartender for your event. Renting plates, glassware and flatware makes sense when entertaining a large crowd.

 

Party rental companies can determine the quantities you need based on your head count; be sure to arrange the details a few weeks in advance. They deliver everything the day of the party, and all you have to do is return things to their original crates for pick up the next morning. You can also rent larger items such as coat-racks, tubs for wine and beer, and industrial – size trash cans for the kitchen.

 

Prices vary, but full supplies for a party of 25, including delivery and pickup, typically cost several hundred dollars. If the supplies are already covered, hiring a small staff can help set your mind at ease. A bartender keeps the drinks flowing during cocktail hour and can help serve food and clear plates at dinner. A waiter can help set up the bar or heat and pass hors d’oeuvres. If you are unsure on how many waiters you will need, call a catering company and describe your party.If you end up with more than one, assign them specific jobs, they are there to assist you! You can hire professionals from a catering company or enlist.

 

If you are on a budget, you can hire a few college kids in the neighborhood to help you out. Either way, plan to pay $20 to $30 per person per hour, for four to five hours, and don’t forget to tip 15 to 20 percent in cash at the end of the night.

Posted by: / July 23, 2010

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