5 Tips to Self Catering Success
Keep It Simple & Go With What You Know
New recipes? Lots of Options? Fussy details? No. Now is the time to stick with what you know and love. Use or find your best recipes for simple finger foods and dishes that will delight your guests, but not make you crazy. Think crudités, simple canopies that can be made ahead, or one pot wonders. And don’t forget your Instant Pot! We love these delicious recipes from Chowhound. Making a list of what you decide to make will be extra helpful at keeping things on track, too.
Don’t Make Too Much
One of the most common, budget blowing mistakes is to make too much food. Control your portions and think about the flow of the event so you keep things under control. We love this article on The Spruce. It breaks events down into categories and makes some terrific suggestions for everything from a cocktail party to a sit down dinner.
Remember the Platters & Utensils
Seems simple, right? Making sure you have enough and the right things for service is a catering must! We suggest laying all your platters and bowls out on a large table and place an index card in each indicating what goes where. Then add the appropriate service utensil. This is also essential information to help your assistants be effective at helping you.
It is not possible to do it all yourself and have a good time. Ask for help and be specific with requests like, “John, would you mind to handle the bartending from 8 to 9?” Giving a set time means your guests can contribute, but have a good time themselves while understanding what you’d like them to do.
Make a Good Mocktail
It’s super vogue to drink mocktails these days. They make T-totalers and those who imbibe feel equally chic. Our favorite is this Mock Champagne recipe. It’s not too dry, not too sweet and goes with almost anything.
Equal parts apple juice and ginger ale with pineapple juice added to taste.