Archive for December 8th, 2008

Running An Entire Party On “Senior Time”

Monday, December 8th, 2008

As I’ve noted before, Seniors tend to be the first ones to arrive at a party, as well as the first to leave. Even at occasions like weddings, where they make up only one segment of the audience, I always encourage my brides to accommodate their Senior guests by scheduling such activities as the first dance and cake cutting earlier – rather than later – in the evening.

But what if your whole crowd is made up of Seniors?

Well, the party planners at a church event I played last night had a novel answer for that question. Instead of the traditional 30 – 60 minutes of gathering and visiting time common at the start of parties, as soon as the first guests came into the room, they were pointed toward the buffet line. Each new group of party-goers followed them through the buffet, resulting in a steady stream of diners, but no long lines. By the “official” start time of the event, over half the guests were already seated at their tables, chowing down. And nobody had waited over a minute or two in line.

A brief benediction, giving thanks for the food already consumed, followed. Then, I had the pleasure of delivering a Christmas program. After me came dessert, coffee – and visiting time. Those who wanted to be the first out the door felt free to leave, knowing that they hadn’t missed any of the food or the show. And those who wanted to stay for a chat with old or new friends were welcome to do so.

In short, every aspect of the perfect party was covered. Only the typical order was reversed.

And – for this particular group – I can honestly say that these Seniors loved the changes.