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Tips on Catering Finger Foods

Finger Food Catering – Top Tips

When you run a finger food catering service, there are many things that need to be taken into consideration. What type of party, who is attending, storage, food preferences and more. Here are the top tips for making your business stand out.

The Type of Party

The specific type of party that you are catering for will determine what types of finger foods you need to plan for. You will not have the same menu for a child’s party as you would for a wedding, so you need to consider this when addressing your clients.

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The finger foods that you choose should be healthy and nutritional, especially if you are catering a child’s party.


Who is Attending the Party?

You will need to make sure that your choose foods that the guests will enjoy. The finger foods that you choose should be healthy and nutritional, especially if you are catering a child’s party.

Try to include a variety of dishes, such as: savory foods, desserts, pastries and bread based foods. You want to give your clients a number of choices, so keep that in mind when planning the menu.

Preferred foods

One of the most important things to consider when catering finger foods, is what the client prefers. Some of the options that you need to consider are: dietary restrictions, vegan or vegetarian options, non-alcoholic or alcoholic, child friendly etc.

Make sure that you get all of this information before you start planning the menu for a client.

Options for Storage

Storage is a major issue when it comes to catering finger foods. Sometimes you will be required to think out of the box when it comes to a specific menu. Your menu might need to be adjusted based on certain criteria, such as: serving space, how much cooking surfaces are available, fridges and freezers that are available, table arrangements and so forth.

It is very important that you take all of these aspects into consideration when you are planning a menu for a party. You want to make sure that your client is happy with the menu that you have planned for them and that you have taken all the precautions necessary to ensure that the party goes off without a hitch.

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One bad party could see your business failing before you even get started, so make sure that this does not happen to you!

There are many things to take into account when you plan on making finger food catering your business, so make sure that you have taken all of these things into consideration before you start.

It is vital that you know where the venue is going to be, who will be attending, how many people are on the guest list, the available space, cooking facilities and the amount of storage that will available for you to use.

As well as these points, you will also need to be aware of any dietary restrictions, allergies and food preferences before you start planning a clients menu. All of these things will help you to create the perfect menu for every occasion.

One bad party could see your business failing before you even get started, so make sure that this does not happen to you!

Tips for Hosting a Cocktail Party

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Cocktail Party Catering Tips

Cocktail party catering is not extremely difficult, but if done right it is a bit of an art. Perhaps you have chosen to host a cocktail party because your bored with your dinner parties. No matter the reason, it is a great idea.

If you love to entertain it is the perfect way for your guests to enjoy good food, good conversation, and most of all, good drinks. If you are new to hosting cocktail soirées this is a great overview of how to plan a nice little get together.


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When you're hosting a cocktail party, make sure your guests enjoy good food, good conversation, and most of all, good drinks.

List of Decisions

As stated before, hosting a cocktail party is not exactly difficult, but there a few detail that are best to decide on from the start.

Number of guests
Business or pleasure
Formal or casual
Full bar or limited cocktail menu
Indoor or outdoor
If outdoor is there a contingency location for in-climate weather
Will there be food
If there is food what is the menu
Theme if any at all
Budget limit for food and beverage

You do not have to have a theme for a good cocktail party, but it can help add an element of fun. When you use a theme it is easier to plan both the food and drink menu. Use menu items that will support the theme that you choose. Decorations are another fun item to use if you have a theme.

Themes can be based on destinations, time periods, or even just a color. Color theme cocktail parties are easily enforced by a mandatory color dress code for your guests. White parties are quite popular. A theme based invitation is an extra little fun touch to consider when planning your party.

Food Menu Planning

As stated earlier, planning a party around a theme is a great help when creating menus. Do not forget, the host is there to host the party not cook for the party. When you plan your food menu consider heavy hours d'oeuvres. Choose something that can be prepared ahead of time and heated right before service.

Also select items that do not need cooking. Bite size items will keep everyone free to mingle. There will be enough food to balance out the drinks without having a big sit down affair. Guests can serve themselves from a platter or you can politely pass a tray of treats around.

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If you need assistance on your upcoming cocktail party, contact Impressions Catering. They provide catering services to Perth, Rockingham and Mandurah.

Cocktail Menu

Select a delicious cocktail or two or three that follows the theme of your party. Unique and appropriate garnishes can put a new twist on a basic cocktail. Offer a few options in mixers and alcohols if you are not offering a full bar. Be sure to consider a few non-alcoholic options for drivers or for those who have had enough.

Ask For Help

This is the most important tip. Do not get overwhelmed with your party. The idea is for everyone to have fun. Ask your friends to help out with food prep or making drinks. The interactive element adds another unique quality people will enjoy.

If you need an event caterer who can help you plan, hire staff and equipment whilst serving mouth watering food then Impressions Catering is your first choice!