Hari Raya is almost here! The Ramadan fasting month only makes the celebrations of Eid Al Fitr all the more welcome when it arrives.
There is so much to prepare as you get ready to welcome relatives and friends into your home, buy and make your kuih raya delicacies, and get new clothes for your family. Many will also furnish their homes with new furniture and put up brightly colored lights and decorations.
But all this preparation needs a great deal of work. For the hosts, it can be a stressful time, and many will fall ill after the celebrations.
One way to ensure a stress-free Hari Raya open house celebration is simply to reduce the amount of preparation involved. We highlight some easy areas to outsource to professionals, and leave you with more time to focus on your family.
1. Hire a caterer
One way to relieve the strain of the celebration is to hire a professional cater to provide traditional food like satay, roti jala, rendang, lemang and an assortment of kuih-muih. If you like, you can add your signature dish on top of the catering.
Above: Catering by Bagus Event, Petaling Jaya
2. Hire a cleaner
Guests will visit your home and you’ll be throwing an open house until the festivities end 30 days later. To prepare, most hosts will want to do spring cleaning to make the home pleasant for visitors. Hiring a cleaner to take care of this area will take a lot of the strain and stress away. You may also need the services of a cleaner when the celebrations are over to return your home back to the way it was before the fun began.
Above: Cleaning by CA Cleaning, Cheras
3. Hire a photographer / videographer
Eid Al Fitr will be full of happy moments, and you will want to immortalise them in photos and videos. Consider hiring a photographer or videographer to capture your open house celebration or even your office party. You’ll be able to cherish the event for years to come and it will bring back those very special moments.
4. Throw a Big Corporate Raya Party
Hire a party planner to help you source for entertainment and decorations, and give your event a special theme. It will make a change from the regular style of an open house, and give your guests something to talk about. Perfect for office parties as well as big family gatherings.
5. Accessorise your Event with Karaoke / Photo Booth / Live Entertainment
Complete your event with music and entertainers. You can book professional services to set up audio-video karaoke equipment, a photo booth, or even jazz up the event with a live band.
Above: Photo booth by MySnappy
The Hari Raya period is a time for celebration, not stress. By outsourcing some or all of the services above, you will be able to fully enjoy your special time with family and friends.