How to throw a retirement party for 65 people at home for well under $500


DSC03745DSC03864DSC03897   DSC03847Why do so many people cater their parties? They end up with soggy food that should be hot but is tepid and is certainly overcooked and overpriced. It just isn’t that hard to have a great party at home for a reasonable sum and not too much work, either before, during, or after the party, especially if you have a few post-docs or grad students to help out, like Debbie Brock, jeff smith, and Katie Geist. Maybe if I share a few tips on what we did, others will take the plunge! For smaller parties of under 20 we usually make pizza, making it ourselves, mostly during the event. But a large gathering needs a different approach.

First of all, it helps to understand that parties are generally not about the food or drink. They are about the people. So think about the geography of your home. Where do…

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