Holiday Self Catering

by Karen Bates
(last updated August 4, 2014)

During the holiday season, many people go to parties with friends and family to celebrate. These get-togethers often include food, drinks, finger foods, and desserts. Indeed, food is often one of the most important parts of holiday festivities, and many people look forward to the winter months because of the delicious foods.

If you are the one hosting a party for the holidays, you might not be looking forward to the food part of the celebration as much as your guests. After all, if you are in charge this means you will be the one figuring out the food situation. You might have a lot of questions, such as which foods you should provide, how much to have, and how to prepare it all in time for the party.

Sometimes, large parties are catered by a company that will take care of all of the aspects of food preparation for you. If, however, you choose to self-cater a holiday event, you will have a lot more on your plate than you would if you hired a caterer. Choosing to self-cater a party can definitely be a good idea, though. Preparing food yourself can help save money and gives you more control over exactly what ends up being served at the event. Many people prefer home-cooked dishes, after all. But without particular planning and preparation, you will probably worry about the food for your get-together until the event is over.

You shouldn't need to worry, though. Consider these ideas while getting ready to self-cater a holiday party to make the ordeal easier on you:

  • First, make sure you know how many people to expect for the holiday event, and be prepared to make a bit extra. You definitely don't want to run out of food.
  • Come up with a menu, and decide which ingredients you will need and how much. Make sure you give yourself enough time between doing your shopping and the event itself so you won't feel overwhelmed with too much preparation.
  • Cook some dishes ahead of time to put in the refrigerator or freezer until just before the party. You can re-heat many foods that will retain their delicious taste after being chilled and warmed up again. Not all foods will taste as good re-heated, however, so be careful.
  • Take into account the time of day that the party will be. If it takes place during a mealtime, then guests will probably expect to be fed more. If not, you can get away with more snacks and finger foods instead of main dishes.
  • If you are short on time and you can't afford a professional caterer, think about having a potluck-style meal. Ask guests to bring one dish to share with everyone. This can take a lot of stress off of you.

Self-catering a holiday event can be fun for you and enjoyable for your guests. Just make sure that you don't get too stressed out, and take some time to relax and enjoy the party!

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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