Do it for love or do it for profit, hosts are special people. Organising a dining group or a supper club is great fun and it brings many rewards. Here are the steps, our tips, hints and best practice to make everything go well.
If you want your guests to come to your events, then you will need to say enough about yourself in your profile so that their trust is deserved.
You will need to decide if you want to organise your events under your name or as a supper club / restaurant. If you brand your events under a club or venue then you will need certain things.
If you are going to take payments on the site, you will also need:
The core of Social Republic is a organising an event at a restaurant. Somebody else does the cooking and you sit with your guests. The first things you need to do are to agree certain things with the venue:
List your event well in advance. Three months is the forward limit and three weeks the shortest period if you want to optimise the effect of promotional emails sent from the site. We send an alert when you list the event the first time, and then a reminder two weeks and one week before your event.
'Sell the sizzle, not the steak', as they say. Here are some things you might like to mention.
Please put some detail into the description of the type of attendee you want - there is a field for this but there is no harm including details in the description too. Many members are single and will want to meet 'suitable types', so a very wide age range won't work for them. If you are specific, applicants will 'select themselves in'. The point that the host is selecting their guests is important, unless it is clear the event is purely 'foodie'.
Be clear about what is included, and what is excluded from the price. If something is excluded, back it up with a positive statement in the description. So, for example if table wine is excluded, say they should bring their own.
It's a fact; the supper party format is popular with females. That is, until the word gets out. The ratio of females to males also changes as we get older. We didn't make the world, but we can do something about it. To help even things out, consider these options:
The more times people hear about your event the much more likely they are to go. We tell them three times by email. You can publicize your event in several ways, and all for free.
Start picking members for your guest list when you have a critical mass. Be aware that doing so commits you.
Just as important, don't leave it too late - the cut-off for guest selection is 24 hours before the event. We do this so there are no last minute surprises for people.
Of course some people leave it until the last minute before they commit. It takes all types. Don't become disheartened if take up is slow.
If there is insufficient interest in your event then, so long as you haven't picked any guests, you can let your event expire quietly. However, we would urge you to hold a small party instead - they are just as much fun. An expired event will not affect your track record. We still admire you for having a go and hope you will try again.
Hosts are special people and you will have an innate understanding of what is required since it interests you. You will know that polite leadership qualities are needed sometimes, as well as a friendly approach. Your guests will appreciate the efforts you are making on their behalf.
Sometimes a guest may need to cancel. If you have asked for pre-payment, then we ask you to be benevolent in your refunding decision. The guest's track record will reflect the cancellation.
If a guest does not show up, you should mark them as a no-show after the event. The guest's track record will show this, and it stops them sending private messages to other guests they have not physically met.
If you really, really do have to cancel an event, please refund your guests promptly. You can do this through your PayPal account.Tweet