Hi Amar,
Thanks for your insightful  response.
Well, yes I would ensure a brief round of intros at the beginning.
Also, I can pick a couple of friends who could be my assistant
managers. Though I would miss my mother, her absence is a blessing in
disguise indeed as this would be an excellent learning curve for me.
Best
Turab

On 8/10/18, Amar Jain <amarj...@amarjain.com> wrote:
> What a tempting post!
>
> So we share a common approach. Ensure that your guests get to eat something
> they will always remember.
>
> Here are my inputs:
>
> 1. Generally a round of introduction helps. In a large group, usually people
> mingle with those, with whom their common interests and life style matches.
> And you will be going beyond your scope if you were to ensure everyone
> mingles with everybody.
>
> 2. For ensuring whom to serve what, remember your close friend for this task
> will be the manager and the service staff. If they don’t already, then
> communicate them to ask guests for things to be re-served when they are
> about to finish. And pay attention to those conversations, as they help you
> in understand from where to pick up and show that you are a good host. If
> you have a close friend in that group, then generally tell him / her to keep
> an eye.
>
> My parents would dislike reading this perhaps if they were to read, but it
> is definitely good that your mother is not around. Not because they as a
> parent don’t add a huge value or bring credibility as a family, but unless
> we get such practical exposure, we will never be able to learn. And
> practical experience is the best opportunity.
>
> If this is your go to place, then by now you will know the quantity. If not,
> then just ask if it is medium or below, so that you know when to reorder.
>
> Regards,
> Amar Jain
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On 09-Aug-2018, at 9:02 PM, turab chimthanawala <turab...@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>> Hi all,
>> Hope this message finds you well.
>> Coming Sunday I would be hosting a group of friends for lunch at a
>> restaurant. While this is certainly not the first time, I am slightly
>> apprehensive for two reasons: 1. for the first time I am hosting a
>> large group (generally avoid large numbers due to inability to
>> effectively engage with all) and 2. my mother wouldn't be around this
>> time , making me the only host.
>> My major concerns are as under:
>> 1. There are a few friends who probably don't know any of the other
>> invitees: How do I ascertain whether they are bored/ unable to mingle
>> with the group?
>> 2. The food would be laid in a buffet: How do I ascertain which dish
>> is getting over to place a repeat order?
>> 3. I have observed that some people are initially hesitant while
>> eating and need to be "pushed". How do I ascertain this?
>> 4. How to manage the overall logistics: it may get too hot, too humid,
>> there may be insects(lunch is on a lawn)
>> To cut the long tale short: until now, thanks to my mother, we have
>> ensured that it is ' a meal to remember!' for whoever we have hosted.
>> Am touch nervous of living up to this reputation. I mean, I don't want
>> my disability to be an excuse for my guests to have a sub par lunch.
>> Eagerly await your suggestions and learnings from past experiences.
>> Best
>> Turab
>>
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