How to cater a large gathering

Catering for a crowd can feel daunting, whether it's a wedding, christening or just a big birthday. Here are our tips and ideas so you can keep calm and carry on cooking...

Chocolate cake with berries

Wedding fever

The DIY wedding trend has really taken off in recent years - and it can be a creative, budget-busting way to make your wedding your own. Asking friends to bring along a dish or cake can also be a nice alternative to the traditional wedding list.

The cake

Cutting the cost of a catered wedding cake can be significant, and with a bit of practice and time, making your own wedding cake is easily achievable. We have a wealth of step-by-step wedding cake recipes from the simple elegance cake to the orange berry wedding cake.

Not up for the challenge? Cut out the three tiers altogether and lay on a teatime spread of a variety of traditional cakes and scones. Or even better ask someone else to make if for you...

Wedding favours

Lavender sugar
Making your own wedding favours is a lovely way to add a personal touch to your gift and can be money-saving too. Sugar-dusted wedding cookies, homemade chocolate drops and peppermint lollipops will all look beautiful on the big day.

For more inspiration check out all of our wedding favour recipes.

The christening

A cold buffet spread is ideal for a christening, as guests are likely to arrive in drabs after the ceremony. Keep things simple with a selection of summer sandwiches, creamy tarts and savoury bites. Or surround a showstopper like foil-poached salmon with a variety of colourful salads and breads. Jugs of pink lemonade, pretty raspberry cupcakes and sausage rolls are bound to keep the kids happy too, and that's without mentioning a slice of this beautiful teddy christening cake.

The big gathering

Birthday celebrations are becoming increasingly lavish but that big party doesn't have to break the bank. A bit of forward planning goes a long way. From food quantities to hygiene, equipment to getting and staying ahead, take a look at our tips from the professionals.

Have you thrown a DIY bash? Or are you an expert at catering for a crowd? From DIY weddings to big birthday bashes we'd love to hear your tips...

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