Party Food can be vital to a great party!
It doesn’t have to be extravagant. But it does have to be good and plentiful.
Great food can range from chips and dip to a 5 course meal.
As long as it fits the occasion and tastes good your guests will love it.
First Tip-If you are not a chef-hire one!
Either get your meal catered or prepare the party food that you know will turn out well.
Having plenty of food is generally not too big of an issue. Approximate how long people will be there and what food you would expect to eat in that time.
Then whatever you get make sure there are enough servings for everyone. For large, mixed groups, simply looking at the recipe instructions or food label will tell you how much food you need. Simply follow the standard serving suggestions
However, if you are serving a bunch of hungry teenage boys-adjust accordingly.
Tip-Never try something for the first time at a party unless you are a very great cook. I suggest to try things out before hand to prevent any disasters!
A few other questions to ask yourself when preparing the menu-
Are you serving dinner or just light refreshments?
Does the menu go with your theme?
What special foods do you need? Cake? Favorite dishes?
What do you need to get for groceries?
What things can you prepare ahead of time or have someone else make?
Is anyone helping with food?
Do you need caterers or servers? If so plan well in advance most good companies need at least a few months notice (and more for large groups)
Tell the caterer what you have in mind, ask if he/she has any specialties or recommendations.
Be aware of any allergies or dietary preferences, like vegetarians.
Get Plates, cups, napkins, silverware, serving dishes and utensils
Where is everyone going to sit while eating?
Do you need to make space in the kitchen or on the patio for children or messy eaters?
Do you need to make a formal seating chart?
Will you need extra tables and chairs?
Consider the size of the tables when planning seating arrangements.
·48" table seats 6-8 (6 comfortably)
·60" table seats 8-10 (8 very comfortably, but most people do put 10 at these; fewer centerpieces after all!)
·72" table seats 10-12 (10 very comfortably)
Final Tip-Have fun with the food-don't stress about it as much as you probably are.
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