How to cater for a party
For entertaining large numbers in your own home you’ll need to plan the perfect menu and get organised – follow our top tips for a smooth-running party.
Our catering experts and experienced food writers have plenty of advice if you’re planning a party or need to feed a crowd. Follow our simple top tips and read more in-depth guides for recipe ideas and practical advice such as catering quantities.
1. Plan ahead
Whether it’s confirming guest numbers or shopping a few days before, the more preparation you can fit in ahead of time the more fun it’ll be on the day.
2. Decide on your menu
From canapés and buffets to easy entertaining, you’ll find plenty of recipe inspiration here at Good Food. We also have comprehensive advice from catering experts that will help you achieve the perfect balance of style and substance.
3. Use the freezer
Fridge space can be at a premium during the party season, so if a recipe is safe to freeze and reheat from frozen it can save space as well as time. Take a look at our freezer guide to Christmas and our top 10 canapés you can make ahead of time.
4. Check special diets
These days, it’s likely that at least one guest will have a special dietary requirement. Ask ahead so you won’t be surprised on the day.
You’ll find lots of recipes for special diets by searching on our website – here are some of our most popular guides:
5. Ask for help
When you’re short on time, ask your friends and family to bring a dish along and you’ll soon have a fantastic buffet spread. Plus, everyone is guaranteed to have something they like to eat!