Useful Tips for Party Planning

Useful Tips for Party Planning

div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"Before Christmas I had a call from a very dear friend of mine, who asked if I would cater for his 30th birthday party. Needless to say, with my usual over-exuberance and refusal to say no to anyone I agreed on the spot. He explained he was expecting about 50 people, and left the rest to me. I have to say I found the whole process incredibly rewarding. I spoke to a few people I know who had catered officially in the past, picked up a few tips, and set about planning. /divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"For someone totally new to the game, these are the best tips I picked up, and are the definite rules I would apply if I were to do a similar event again./divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"1. Start with a basic calculation of 8 items per person to decide how much food to make./divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"2. Create a long list of possible items to include. Discuss with the party host, and narrow down to 6 - 8 items./divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"3. Take into consideration how much storage space you have, whether it is possible to keep food hot or if you need to provide a cold selection. Ensure if you are including cold meats such as chicken that you have the facility to keep refrigerated until as close to the event as possible./divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"4. Check your figures. I used Tesco online to search for an make a note of the prices of all the ingredients I would need for the event to make sure that everything came within budget. /divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"5. Plan ahead. Before you start cooking and baking on the day, make a list of everything that needs to be done, and prioritise. For example, I marinaded my chicken and wrapped my pigs in blankets the night before to get a head start on the big day. /divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"6. If you are including sandwiches, leave these until the absolute last minute possible, so that they stay as fresh as possible./divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"7. A little garnish goes a long way, sprinkle a little roughly chopped flat leaf parsley across all dishes gives it a professional flourish!/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"I have to say I was really pleased with the end result. Everything was ready on time, I came in within budget, and there was plenty of food to serve all the party guests - success methinks! /divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"What are your experiences with party planning? I'd love to hear any tips or examples from you all? /divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jJB70wHfQjQ/UOiRsW0UfoI/AAAAAAAAAV4/e-eeCRgL0lw/s1600/IMG0607.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jJB70wHfQjQ/UOiRsW0UfoI/AAAAAAAAAV4/e-eeCRgL0lw/s320/IMG0607.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cbvCdIXH8RI/UOiRs4a8JUI/AAAAAAAAAV8/HhstG3SAxWQ/s1600/IMG0608.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cbvCdIXH8RI/UOiRs4a8JUI/AAAAAAAAAV8/HhstG3SAxWQ/s320/IMG0608.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KVdn32f2wok/UOiRwKECh4I/AAAAAAAAAWQ/goPCgeH7Bs0/s1600/IMG0609.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KVdn32f2wok/UOiRwKECh4I/AAAAAAAAAWQ/goPCgeH7Bs0/s320/IMG0609.JPG" width="320" //a/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"The Menu:/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"Brie and Cranberry Tartlets/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"Feta and Pepper Tartlets/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"Parmesan and Poppy Seed Twists/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"Sausage Rolls/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"'Pigs-in-Blankets'/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"Mini Cheese and Mustard Scones/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"Chicken Skewer Selection (Tikka, Chinese Style and Roasted)/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"Selection of Sandwiches/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"Tortilla Chips and Salsa/divbr /There was of course, an obligatory cake as well! I made this as a special extra, and it was huge! The shirt is 18 inches in depth! I took great care in getting this as accurate as possible, especially as it is the back of the shirt, and doesn't have the Man Utd logo. I was particularly proud of the hand painted Red Devil, and Premiership lions...br /br /table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"tbodytrtd style="text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--PGq0hD5ZOg/UOiRswBLzfI/AAAAAAAAAWA/ReUmD5FY0tc/s1600/IMG0606.JPG" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--PGq0hD5ZOg/UOiRswBLzfI/AAAAAAAAAWA/ReUmD5FY0tc/s320/IMG0606.JPG" width="320" //a/td/trtrtd class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"Manchester United Football Shirt Cake/td/tr/tbody/tablebr /br /

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