I recently took my family and friends to my favorite steakhouse, American Cut Steakhouse. There were 20 of us, which, I would have to say, is the biggest group I took out for dinner. Planning is quite a challenge. If you also plan to organize a dinner for a big group, keep on reading and learn from some of the tips I will be sharing below.
Pick the Right Location
The right location can make a big difference in the outcome of the dinner you will be planning. If you want to have privacy and to save money, doing the party at your house is the best. However, if you have a small place and you prefer convenience, choose one of the many cool restaurants in Buckhead as the location. See to it that the location will be accessible for the people you will invite.
Make a Reservation
This is one of the most important things to remember when it comes to group dining etiquette. Do not show up in a restaurant as a large group without any prior reservation. There is a chance that you won’t be accepted, which can be frustrating. When making a reservation, let the restaurant know if there is a table or seating arrangement that is preferred. Especially if it is a popular restaurant, call them at least three weeks in advance.
Calculate How Much Food is Needed
Especially if you plan to have the party at your place, it is important to calculate how much food you need to prepare. It is better to have excess than to run short. You won’t want your guests to end up being hungry. Start with planning the guest list. Once you have the headcount, you can easily decide the amount of food to prepare.
Plan your Orders in Advance
As much as possible, even before showing up in the footsteps of the restaurant, there should already bee orders prepared. Ask the members of the group to look at the menu and ask for their orders. This will make sure that your food is available immediately. This gives the restaurant an ample amount of time to prepare your order, especially when you are dining in during peak hours. Make sure to also note special requests, such as for people with dietary requirements.
Provide Constant Updates
If you are the point person of the group, be active in providing updates to everyone who will be joining the dinner. It will be good to have a group chat to keep everyone posted about the plans, especially if there are last minute changes. See to it as well that all members of the dining group are onboard with what you have in mind.
Do not be afraid to plan a dinner with a big group. It might be intimidating at first, but with the tips that have been mentioned, it will be a lot easier to make sure that everyone will have a good time and a filling meal!