March 2, 2020 9:00 am
Hosting a party or a group gathering can be a struggle and overwhelming for some people. It can be financially, physically, or emotionally frustrating and challenging from the point of planning to the actual day of celebration. Others opt to hire catering services to avoid the stress and to ensure prompt and efficient service. Whether you plan to serve elaborate dishes or simple gulay recipes, hiring a third party to serve food for you can be costly and oftentimes impractical.
With proper planning, you can do away with expensive catering services and pull off a Do-It-Yourself Catering (D-I-Y Catering). Here are the four (4) Ts of D-I-Y Catering that you should remember:
Creating a timeline will enable you to use your time and resources efficiently. Make tie as your ally. This eliminates the risks of failure and minimizes last minute preps and decisions that often lead the downfall of catering goals. Plot the date and time of your activities, from brainstorming, sending invites, buying ingredients and decorations, preparing for the meals to be served, cooking, setting up, serving, up to cleaning.
Picking a theme is a big part of the brainstorming of your party. Other plans will mostly depend on the theme that you will be picking – from the location, decorations, table set-up, choices of food, and other nitty gritty details. You may also add a twist to your theme to make it more personalized.
The next step to take is to plan out the meal to be served during your gathering. If you want to save time, why not serve your tried-and-true ulam pinoy recipe and other dishes that you know are sure hit with your family and friends. But you may also try to prepare new dishes but make sure to test them early. Don’t forget to add a splash of colors using your gulay recipe and remember to always align you menu with the theme.
After the party, there will always be takeaways for your guests. More than the food and filled stomachs, the best takeaway that they can get is the memory of how great your party was. It’ll make them remember your celebration as a successful one. Remember to thank them too for being such good guests. After all, you can’t have a party without them.
Aside from the four (4) Ts, here are some additional tips worthy of taking when planning for a party.
With these tips, you are now equipped to try Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Catering for your next party. Stay tuned for more tips and recipes to try for your bulk cooking.