The holiday season’s coming and that can only mean one thing.
It’s time to arrange a party.
Even if you’re not celebrating Christmas, there are plenty of times throughout the year when you’ll want to get people together and share a celebration. Birthdays, weddings, Eid, there are just so many opportunities to have a party.
Of course, you also want to make sure that party’s halal. And that’s where things can get a little tricky. Here are three tips for planning a halal party.
Tip #1 – Choose the Venue Carefully
A lot of traditional party venues serve alcohol. Obviously, this isn’t something you want when you’re holding a halal party. Even if you know there’s nothing to worry about on your end, there’s always the possibility that somebody at the party could give into temptation and end up consuming alcohol.
That means you have to choose wisely when you’re selecting a venue. Talk to the venue managers beforehand and ask them about whether they serve alcohol and if other, non-halal revellers will be in close proximity to you.
In an ideal world, you’ll be able to ensure that there’s no alcohol served at the venue at all. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible, so you may have to look elsewhere if you don’t trust everyone to abstain as they’re supposed to.
Tip #2 – Create a Budget for the Party
This is a more general tip but it’s still worth keeping in mind when planning a halal party.
You need to figure out how much you’re willing to spend long before you start arranging the party itself. There are a few reasons for this.
Firstly, the cost of all of the stuff you need to buy for the party can really mount up. Between booking a venue, sorting out the food, and handling decorations, you could end up spending a lot of money.
It’s also very easy to lose track if you don’t have a set budget. You might end up forgetting what you spent on one item, which can lead to you thinking you can spend more on another.
The simplest idea is to create a list of spreadsheet and jot down everything that you need to buy. Search online for the best possible prices to keep your costs as low as possible.
Tip #3 – Be Careful With Food
Depending on the size of the party, you may want to use a caterer.
If that’s the case, you have to confirm that they serve halal food only.
We say only because caterers that try to do it all open you up to the possibility of cross-contamination and mistakes. It only takes one little mix-up for you to accidentally make everyone at the party haram.
Check for halal certification. And if you’re caterer seems off or avoids answering questions, find someone else.
Of course, you also have the option of handling the catering yourself. If that’s the route you take, Najma Foods is here to help. We offer plenty of halal chilled meat products so that you can give your party the variety that it needs.