I have to give credits to the past generations who happened to be maestro when it comes to organizing “kenduri” (English translation: self-hosted big eating event).
My family loves to organize such events, be it small (i.e. family & relatives) and big (family, relatives & friends). In average we will have about 3 to 4 gatherings in a year – the biggest would be the Annual Open House for Aidilfitri celebration.
We always believe that such gathering is a continuous effort to foster teamwork, family ties and friendship. Thus, we have never opted outsourcing (i.e. catering) whenever we decided, “Hey, let’s do a gathering session.”
We used to have birthday parties – smaller version of family & friends event, hosted at our own sweet home. As everyone grows older, invitation list grew larger. Last year, we hosted about 300 guests.
From last year’s open house session – we made some changes to the strategies of organizing and managing the event. I believe over the years, everyone who had participated had learned the art of (1) people management, (2) crowd management, (3) food management, and (4) event management.
Perhaps many people prefer to just outsource food preparation and even serving the guests. My family and I prefer to bring the spirit of “kenduri” here in KL.
Bravo to the team players – my parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, and closed friends who have contributed directly; ideas, money, energy, and time.
To all who have attended our event, from afternoon till late at night, a heartfelt appreciation to all!!!