We're hosting a Christening party at home in a couple of weeks. It's a mega joint Christening for our four children, two girls and two boys. We're at the church for 12.30pm for an hour roughly, then back home foe lunch for 30 Adults and 10 children. I keep going around in circles really.... I just can't decide what to do food wise.. I keep on changing my mind. (Had our last baby 2 weeks ago!) I was thinking lasagne, garlic bread and green salad... Do I buy paper plates and plastic knives and forks? Homemade Pavlovas and cheesecakes for pudding, and ice cream for kids. Or, do we go for the buffet alternative? Any ideas?
Kids lunchboxes i did put cocktail sausages in. I bought little 4oz pots/lids from ebay to decant stuff into.
For mass catering we've often called upon shirleys pulled pork idea. Blathers will link to a recipe in a moment im sure but if you can borrow some slow cookers get pork shoulder joints cooking then you shred them up in bbq sauce that uts cooked in. Serve in rolls or with with jacket potatoes, wedges, rice, salads anything you like.
We have suggested this is a cheap way if doing a hog roast type thing, instead if the bbq sauce if you do plain pork shoulder and maybe some gammon serve with apple sauce and stuffing in rolls.
Lasagnes work well but you need the oven space, curries in slow cookers work well too with varying accompaniments which you can buy ready made for the oven etc. or as you say a buffet!
Personally I would endorse lasagne for mass catering - buy cheap veg from the market and make meat and veggie versions. I have done it for house parties. The advantage is that all the mess of cooking is over and done with and you could leave them in the oven on a timer while you are at church - you can get easily enough for those numbers into a normal oven. All you need then is green salad and garlic bread. Ice cream and pavlovas would be the perfect pud, especially if you are having cake as well?
Ok so I could do balloons myself? Does anyone have decoration ideas for a grad party? What and how do I do them? HELP
I'm making choc lollies for presents for everyone there, almost forgot that.
Do I need to get prosecco for everyone or would people be okay just buying their own drinks? Really can't afford an open bar - if it was a sit down meal I'd probably get wine for the table but because it's an evening party I don't know!
I'll have a look for decoration ideas but balloons are so easy. Buy helium from somewhere like partyrama, a reel of curling ribbon and balloon weights. Ive done balloons for christenings and even made a rainbow balloon arch for my dd's birthday. Make table decorations of either three or five balloons tie to balloon weight on each table. To do a balloon arch you thread cotton or fishing line through the neck of each balloon neck being careful not to pop the balloon.
Personally, I am going to pinch the pulled pork idea for myself but as a guest, I would appreciate lasagne. It feels like more of an effort has been made iykwim? Also, hats off for doing it all after having your 4th! Don't think I'd know my own name if it were me!
Rhondajean im looking for graduation decor, the most obvious is a black and white theme which works great with mortarboard and diploma etc unless your dh has different colour robes? It should tell you on his hire details what colours he will be having.
It's in a pub - there is a raised area with brass railings, and a bar, which I think would be nice with bunting. I'd like a centrepiece for the buffet table, I'm thinking the jars with the book pages in and the candles for the other tables, is that just jam jars?
And a couple of small balloon bouquet things to tie to the brass railings either side of the steps up to the raised bit?