We know how stressful it can be when throwing a party. From deciding on a theme to the type of food served, the rules are aplenty and can be daunting for the uninitiated. This holiday, if you’ve decided to take the plunge and host a house party for the very first time, we got some tips from Grace Wong, who has considerable experience throwing unforgettable soireés. The accomplished home cook loves tinkering with recipes and whipping up elaborate meals for her friends and loved ones.
“I really enjoy cooking and feeding people. Sometimes, I cook for up to 30 guests at once. It’s great to have people feeling happy and comfortable in my home,” she told Prestige.
Tell us about the first party you’ve ever thrown.
The first major party I hosted was our housewarming party. It was a cheongsam theme with more than a hundred guests.
How much time do you need to prepare your party?
It could range from two weeks to three months, depending on size of the party. I am quite diligent when it comes to planning for my parties, so that nothing major will go wrong.
What is the craziest thing you’ve seen happen at your parties?
A guest got so drunk that she left behind one shoe.
Favourite champagne to serve?
I am not a drinker, but I like to serve Dom Perignon Rose for special occasions.
What menu is always a hit with guests?
Bite-sized chilled Japanese tomato with sesame wasabi sauce.
Tell us your secrets to throwing a good party.
Have a theme to pique your guests’ interests and always make sure there is a generous amount of good food and drinks. Also, a simple decoration with bright colours always make for a great party.
Any tips on how to be a great host?
Ask about your guests’ dietary restrictions, and add personal touches and pay special attention to them during the party so that your guests know that you care. Also, try to keep your party to no more than 10 people (if you’re throwing a party for the first time).
Not one to shy away from dressing up for a great party, here are some of Grace’s favourite costumes: