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CATERING IDEAS

Fun and Creative Party Food for Events or Gatherings

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  • What about a professionally roasted pig at a backyard barbecue? There are many catering companies that specialize in pig roasts. Home cook the sides or have a potluck for the rest of the meal.

  • Have servers pass appetizers at a casual gathering to get it started with a special flair.

  • Hire a taco truck to provide the food for an outdoor party.

  • Plan a themed potluck around a good cause: have a "donate a sweater" party instead of an Ugly Sweater one, have everyone bring an extra ingredient to send to a food pantry, etc.

  • After a casual dinner, have a caterer set up a full ice-cream sundae bar station with a chocolate fountain.
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  • Order a great ethic entree from a restaurant and plan the rest of the meal around it. Whole roasted fish from a Polynesian restaurant, paella, rack of lamb...

  • Instead of having a potluck, have all the guests chip in and hire a personal chef to give a cooking lesson while making a gourmet dinner...

  • ...or have a potluck and hire a pastry chef to make a stellar dessert for everyone.

  • Have a potluck cookout at a state park or beach, and arrange for a cupcake truck to stop by with dessert.

  • Throwing a wedding anniversary party? Decorate to match the original wedding reception and have a bakery decorate a cake to duplicate the invitation.

Think like a caterer...

Part of what professional caterers do is creating fabulous meals that look and taste great, beautifully presented and decorated. But unless you're a professional caterer, pulling an entire party together can be daunting. When you're planning an event, the best way to approach it is to start with the big picture, then narrow it down step by step, breaking tasks down until they're do-able, reasonable and contribute to the final effect. Sometimes this might mean handing everything but the visualization over to someone else (a caterer), sometimes it might mean doing every little piece yourself, and sometimes it might fall somewhere in the middle.

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