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4 Tips For Self-Catering Your Own Birthday Party

Throwing together a birthday party is a nice way to get family and friends together for a celebration. Once you have decided on your venue and design options the next step is catering. If you are throwing your birthday party in a restaurant, then the food will be taken care of. However, if you bring the festivities to your home or the park, then catering needs to be taken care of. If you are working with a small budget, hiring a catering company can be a bit expensive. As a result, an easy way to save money is by self-catering your own birthday party. While this can be overwhelming for first-time caterers, it can be done with the help of a few simple tips.

Ask Your Guests for Help

People are very leery of asking their guests do any kind of work for an event they were invited to. This is understandable; however, unless you have 20 brothers and sisters it is important to get all the help you can. Many people are more than willing to offer some sort of service as long as they do not feel taken advantage of. As a result, always provide all the supplies your guests will need and make sure that you are in the kitchen cooking with them. This will make it seem more like a collective group effort rather than friends or family doing work for free.

Bake Desserts Weeks in Advance

If you are providing catering for a number of people baking your desserts weeks in advance will free up time the day of your event. Once these desserts like cupcakes and cookies are baked they can be placed into plastic bags and frozen. You can remove the cupcakes from the freezer the night before the event and let them thaw in a refrigerator. The day of the event, delegate the task of decorating these desserts to a few of your friends and family.

Cook Main Dishes a Few Days Before the Event

Cooking your main dishes is a bit different than baking your cupcakes and other desserts. You want to avoid cooking and freezing your main dishes too far in advanced because many dishes like lasagna have the potential to fall apart when thawed and frozen. When cooking your main dishes, cook them one to two days in advance, then store the dishes in a refrigerator until the event.

Follow Food Safety Temperatures

While cooking in your kitchen, it is easy to overlook food safety guidelines. However, when you are catering for a group of people it is important to know what temperature each dish should be cooked at. According to Food Safety, beef needs to have a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. The internal temperature can usually be found by placing a cooking thermometer into the food product. In addition, when you are reheating and thawing dishes they need to be reheated and thawed at a certain temperature. Abiding by food temperature guidelines will help to avoid any health concerns.

Cooking food for a large group of people is different than cooking for your family. It can be a lot more stressful, but when done right, it may be the highlight of your event. Therefore, use these tips to ensure that your self-catering is well received at your birthday party.

To learn more, contact a catering company like Pollard’s Catering