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Must-Try Ideas for a Perfect Private Party

So you know who to invite and what to wear, but the party planning isn’t quite over yet. A great party features a fun atmosphere and tasty food. It doesn’t matter if you’re hosting a quiet brunch gathering or a huge fete—with the right elements in place, you can put together an unforgettable shindig. Here are a few ways to make your next private party shine.


You can go a variety of ways with this, from planning your playlist on your phone to hiring a DJ. But no matter what size your party, you can’t go without music. Even if you hire someone, put together a list of your “must play” and “do not play” songs.

Finger Foods

If you’re planning a party where you want people moving around and socializing, you’ll want a variety of finger foods on hand, as they are easy to eat while standing and walking. Just because the portions are small doesn’t mean that the food has to be simple—with a little creativity and an eye for detail, you can put together unforgettable, restaurant-caliber party appetizers.

Party Snack Ideas

Save yourself a lot of work and offer a variety of dips as a party snack. For a healthy alternative, use Greek yogurt as a base for creamy dips like onion and artichoke dips. Serve white bean dip or hummus alongside summer vegetables for a delicious party food. Salsas seem to have no limits, as you can keep adding to the flavors.

Brunch Parties

There’s nothing quite like brunch, and if you’re planning a brunch party, you can’t forget quiches, pastries, and customized omelets. Your guests will love fresh fruit, smoked salmon, and assortments of bread and cheeses as simple, healthy options, as well as mimosas.

For a unique twist, rent an espresso bar and create custom lattes for your brunch party. Create a signature coffee drink for your event, such as a maple spice latte for fall.

BBQ Party

We love getting together for a barbeque, and there are a lot of ways to make your next outdoor gathering a blast. Prepare for outdoor games like bocce, cornhole, and oversized Jenga—it will keep people having fun while the food is prepared.

Cocktail/Mocktail Bar

No private party is complete without a signature drink! Depending on the size of your party, serve between two and six cocktails and mocktails to wow the crowd. If you’re hosting a party for kids, mocktails are a great way to make the event seem more “grown up”. For a more interactive party element, turn it into a DIY cocktail bar.


No party is complete without dessert to end the meal. Those wanting a healthier meal can opt for a fruit plate, but cakes, pies, cupcakes, and other desserts can make your party a success. For a fun party activity, make a banana split bar, complete with ice cream, cherries, and butterscotch.

Private Party Catering

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