The purpose of having a party is to give people the chance to mingle with friends, relax and unwind and just spend a few hours enjoying life. That is why it is so amusing to see the people who are hosting the party stress themselves out trying to make sure that everything is going okay. If you want to make sure the party is everything you know it can be, the trick is to stop trying to do everything and leave some of it up to the professionals. The first professional you should be on the phone with is a caterer.
There are certainly other professionals that can be hired for a party, but unless there is a specific theme for the party or it is a very specialized event, most of them are not as necessary as a caterer. There are plenty of DJs that are available to take care of the entertainment, but unless it is a dance party or karaoke is part of the entertainment, most parties work just fine with a smartphone plugged in and a playlist selected. In fact, many people prefer a party with this kind of entertainment because they feel like they do not have to compete with the music and entertainment.
Bartenders can always be a great addition to a party, but much like the DJ, unless there is a specific need for them, they become an expensive redundancy more than anything else. Even parties that are designed around a specific cocktail or style of drinking usually do so because it is something the host is involved in, and they will serve as the bartender in these situations. It would certainly be helpful to have an experienced bartender for a party like that, but most other parties - especially ones where wine or punch is the featured beverage - people can make do just fine without.
The caterer is different because unlike the DJ and the bartender, the work they are doing throughout the party is constantly changing. As new food comes out of the oven and old plates need to be washed, they are in a constant state of moving. Even though there is all of this to do, this is also only what they have to do. A person who is trying to be both host and cook at the same time is going to find their focus pulled in too many directions and ultimately, some aspect of the party is going to suffer.
Once a party is going, it is a machine in continual motion. The best a host could hope to do is try not to let it run them over if they are trying to do it all. It is much better to simply let go from the beginning. Hire a caterer to take care of the food. This way you can relax and enjoy the party just like all of your guests are.
Jack Terry is a freelance writer who has been writing about the food and beverage industry for more than 20 years. http://www.osorioslatinfusion.com