Theme for kids
First ascertain the theme for the party, is it a kids party (note a kids first birthday party may not have toddlers and small kids, perhaps adults may be present, it makes sense have a adults dressed as toddlers or animals such as the tallest man turns to giraffe costume and hippopotamus to the largest member, understated décor using warm lights and fabric can give a great feel to an open air ambience! Let the guest become a part of the décor. If your guest can afford to be more involving, perhaps try a small skit or play that entertains the main guest, your one year old!
Such venues do well with a fusion mock tail bar that adds a touch of life to the upcoming warm months…
Top Catering Ideas for an awesome party and it’s menu Indicators
Burger station and pasta counters do best with kids and yes of course fries, clown shaped cookies and coloured donuts make for happy faces, red fruits like cherries and strawberries can be the colourful add-on. Candy floss & colourful mock tails ensure they are in a Disneyland type of a food environment. Small plates of nuggets Spaghetti or noodles with potato to fish or chicken fingers, apple spritzers or strawberry crush can be assorted with plenty of options on small sized table and chairs for the junior guests
More has been insisted on the décor than food and it’s debatable which aspect is more important. But neither can be ignored and go hand in hand. Simple whites to undertone of wooden panels seems to be the flavour of the year, focus lights on greens and large facades are the safest and best way to use what’s around you. Never ignore the corners to make the space look large and far more grand that you ever saw your space being lit up to. Using white fabric can make any event come to life, yellow lights do better than using multiple hues of colour. If you want that rich feel, stick to less colours and more amplification of the pace thru lights and fabric trussing.
Games can add a touch of fun and entertainment to the little spectator, this also keeps the birthday baby occupied and curious for event. Tip: Kids don’t like loud music and turn cranky with too many guests, remember it’s their day and excessive attention can turn them down. Having some entertainment options like zorbing (only before food) can be a lot of fun, only before food, you don’t want kids throwing up at your party
Here the possibility is endless, masquerade to poker parties for Diwali, music is always a necessity, but if you’d like a party focusing on food, ensure music is the background, let MiXStudio do its job. Treat the music as soft background to encourage conversations
How to light the banquet and food
A décor of minimal lights that cover warm yellow colours would do the best to bring the visual appeal of the food. As for the buffet area, we’d strongly suggest no coloured lights at all, unless you want the food to look alien and perhaps inedible. Using spot focus light, warm incandescent or LED spots are the best and safest, this is what we use for professionally shot images across the website. Long drapery next to food due to safety concerns should be avoided. Aromatic candles on dinner tables should be totally totally avoided they conflict with flavour profiles and gastronomy principles and human sensory motors that build appetite. This is a no-no in all forms, let the aroma of food do it’s magic.
Some food areas can use under-light effects that amplify food, these can be cold food displays like Anti Pasto sections or savouries and assorted breads etc. Having fusion Indian dips and cream cheese never go wrong, especially when interesting conversations are a part of the event, having plate-full of foods keeps the focus on the plate, makes handling the plate a messy affair.
Tray pass appetisers
Ensure all appetizers are tray passed and most importantly bite sized and accompanied with a food picking tools like tooth picks or can be handled with a napkin, this again is the best and the most practical idea a caterer can offer to enable warm food circulates. Usually a good number of waiters are in the ratio of 1 waiter to 7 guests, this ensures food is circulated well and consumed more, people tend to eat less than half if waiters are less or its placed in a designated area. Hence pricing of catering is a function of these numbers and the difference between the average and best in full service catering. Things like pizzas, mini Tacos, Sushi make for great bites for tray pass, do not leave baked produces behind, cheese onion quiche, filo pastry. But they all need to be a bite of two. We like to incorporate subtle flavours with bold undertones of relish etc. The side accompaniment is equally as important, relishes like pesto hummus, black beans add that zing which does well with a cocktail bar. My personal favourite is an Avocado quiche with Mango salsa and a great chicken or Malai tikka does great for any catering event in Delhi.
Bar- Cocktails or mocktails
This need not be alcohol, kids to adults can have a mocktail bar, a great bar should be well stocked, for alcohol, size up 30-35% soda and coke respectively, juices around 20% and 15% for sprite, for a kids party add Fanta, rest can be evenly distributed with tonic, red bull and perhaps ale etc. A good barman and about 1 bar man to 15 guests is a good-sized measure. A party of 50 guests required about 17-20 staff in total. I guest to about 2.5 guests and that’s how a party turn into a grand bash, once again these numbers are a top function of making any event memorable.
Guest tend to eat light, including Indian menu, most are happy with the appetisers, having a good variation of breads always does well, avoiding cheese is a good idea as well. Gathering may prefer some leafy salads, some baked pie’s, roasted meat, if it’s winter use red wine sauces, to mildly flavoured fish, pasta can be lightly flavoured, velvet mashed potatoes suing some caramel or umami flavours or both; such as mushroom and onions with dollops of butter & cheese. Meaty vegetables and for this season perhaps sugar snap peas and asparagus sautéed is would be my favourite in white wine and during winters an oven baked Sicilian village styled caponata with cappers and balsamic glaze. I like country style european flavours, they are hearty warm and does best for small intimate gatherings. You can use this to plan your menu
Once again a hearty warm dessert like poached pears or pineapples, perhaps chocolate or coffee based and two light dessert like a cheese cake or mascarpone topped with fruits like strawberry does well accompanied by gelato types of ice creams. It is important to include a great espresso and tea to finish off the meal. We hope you liked these inputs on our top Catering Ideas for an awesome party. Be sure to check on flavour profiling
Important check points
Type of event
RSVP and meal preferences
Time of appetisers to main curse service
Allergens or inclusion of any vegan choices
Size of kitchen space
Area of service
Extra requirement such as cakes or accessories