For anyone in the catering industry, preparing delicious and varied menus for large groups of people can be a challenging task. Whether you’re whipping up a menu for a fourth birthday party or a fortieth, it’s vital that your creations are the star of the show.
At BAKO North Western, we know it’s essential that these events run smoothly, so we’ve put our 50 years of food industry experience to good use to ensure you can create delicious menu’s to appeal to a variety of ages.
Catering for a room full of excitable children may seem a daunting task, but with a little know-how you can put on a feast to keep them full of energy for all the party activities your customers have planned.
Why not try putting together a selection of sandwiches, crisps and drinks? BAKO stock a variety of lunchboxes to make this a simple process. Cheese, ham and jam sandwiches on crust-less bread are sure to be popular with younger guests and using cutters to create different shapes can make them a fun option too.
For a dessert option with a twist, how about a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar? Simply serve a mixture of flavoured ice cream with a variety of toppings and sauces for the children to choose from. Chocolate chips and popping candy would make great additions, especially when served with classic chocolate or strawberry sauce.
Not forgetting a sweet treat at the end, how about giving out cake pops as an alternative to party bags; they’re the perfect take-away treat.
Grab-and-go food is the ideal option for teenage birthday parties as they can be easily enjoyed whilst socialising. Serving dishes that are on trend are sure to be a hit with this often hard to please audience. Sliders, miniature pizzas and hotdogs can be easily passed around as canapés and served alongside large bowls of nachos and chips, to make the party seem more sophisticated and grown-up.
Why not keep the miniature trend going and serve doughnut holes, bite size brownies and cupcakes as a sweet ending to the party?
Adults may be looking for alternatives to traditional buffet catering options. For intimate gatherings, tear and share breads and bruschetta are ideal for those looking to offer something sophisticated yet filling. A varied range of canapés ensure there’s something for everyone, or a cheeseboard with a selection of cheeses and chutneys is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
For those after something a bit more traditional, BAKO stock plenty of pies, pasties and sausage rolls to keep all guests satisfied throughout the event. Why not try our delicious ethnic buffet range to add some spice to the menu?
To finish things off, how about serving individual chocolate fondues for dessert? Guests are sure to enjoy tucking into homemade marshmallows and fresh fruit dipped in warm melted chocolate, and for a Spanish twist, churros would make an on trend and indulgent addition.
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