How to Throw a Party When You Don’t Want to Cook


I love having gatherings at my house whether it’s with friends or family. It’s so nice to be able to get together, talk, laugh and enjoy the company of people you like being around. However, I don’t do it as often as I like because I am really not good at cooking for a big group of people. And if I’m honest, I don’t really relish the idea of it. So the question is: How to Throw a Party When You Don’t Want to Cook?

How to Throw A Party When You Don't Want to cook

How to Throw a Party When You Don’t Want to Cook

Guess what, it’s actually possible! I’ve been doing it successfully every year at our Annual Gingerbread House Party. And today, I’m going to share the secrets of how to throw a party when you don’t want to cook or just don’t have the time or energy to cook.

1. Order Pizza
You might not like the sound of “ordering pizza” but if you think about it, almost everybody loves pizza! I mean if you’re just having some friends over for a casual night, or some parent friends and their kids, pizza is the perfect option.

tandoori chicken pizza

If you ┬áneed to satisfy the desi tooth (an Indian spin on the sweet tooth) lots of places now make tandoori chicken or butter chicken pizza. If not, throw a bunch of jalapenos on some of the pizza’s and the desis are happy.

2. Host a Potluck Party
Another way to throw a party with out actually having to cook for everyone is to have a potluck. When you’re inviting your guests, make sure you state that it’s a potluck party right from the get go so there is no confusion. This way everyone brings one dish and you only have to cook/order/pick up one dish yourself too! Pretty smart right?

How to throw a party so you don't have to cook
Photo by Kirsty TG on Unsplash

If you’ve never hosted a potluck check out this post on How to Organize a Potluck. And don’t forget about the drinks!

3. If your mom or MIL offer to cook, say yes
How often have you hosted a family get together at your house and your mother or mother-in-law offers to cook for you? If you’re like me, you probably get all touchy and bristle up and refuse. But think about it, they probably like to cook for everyone!! So why not let them? It’ll make them happy, you’ll have way less work to do and don’t worry, you won’t be indebted to them because you didn’t ASK, they OFFERED.

At the end of your successful party, think of the clean up you DIDN’T have to do after all that cooking. Also, you avoided all that stress and worry about if you made enough food and if it tastes good! Plus you actually get to leave the kitchen and participate and enjoy your own party! Now that doesn’t happen too often does it?

How to throw a party when you don't want to cook

With all that extra time on your hands to enjoy your party, don’t forget to post a few photos and selfies of your successful and fun dinner party.

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Have you already done it before? Maybe you’ll try it at your next party? Or *GASP* would your aunty or dadi be shocked that you’d even consider it?! If that is the case, then you definitely want to check out our Food Editor Sarah’s post on How to Cook for a Crowd.