One of the easiest way to prepare a meal for guests is by using rice. Rice is very easy to cook if you have a rice maker since a single machine can produce enough white rice in 30 minutes for 10 people (or 90 minutes for brown rice) and the rice machine will even keep it warm for you without burning the rice for hours.
There are so many dishes you can make with rice, whether they be American, Latino European, African, South American, Indian, Middle Eastern, or Asian. People all over the world eat rice and there are literally rice dishes available in every culture. No matter what theme of party you are having, rice makes a great base for any meal.
The trick to making good rice for a lot of people is to get a good rice machine. These rice cooker reviews have the pertinent details about which rice machine or maker you will want to pick up. If you are planning a party for New Years or host parties regularly, you will want to get one of the larger capacity (3 cups is small, more than that is large), as you will want to be able to make a lot of rice. A 5-6 cup capacity rice maker can literally make enough rice for 10-20 people, depending on how much people are eating and whether or not there is other food available.
Before you start making the rice though, be sure to check what type of rice your recipe calls for. If you use regular American rice with an Asian recipe, the rice will not taste right. American rice is long-grain rice, it does not stick together at all and separates easily. It is also not particularly soft or glutinous, which is characteristic of Asian rices. If you want to make an Asian dish, make sure you have a short or medium grain rice as this is what people are going to want to eat!