There are people who do catering as a side business, almost as a hobby. Maybe they enjoy cooking and are quite good at it. And then someone asks them to cater a small event, and then they’re hooked. Other people, of course, do catering as a full time business and this can range from a small operation to a much larger business, capable of handling larger events. Whatever the background, whether you’re doing this as a hobby or as a full time business, it’s important to take good care of your customers. And this is particularly important for an event like a kid’s birthday party.
After all, a child’s birthday party is a very special event. And food plays a major part of the celebration. If the food is yummy, and the kids enjoy themselves, then that will make the party a much smoother and more memorable experience for all. However, if the kids don’t like the food, and especially if the birthday celebrant doesn’t like the food, then that’s going to make the party more disappointing. So there are some important things to keep in mind, for this type of event.
For instance, try to get information from the host regarding the favorite food of the birthday boy or girl. Ideally, they should already give this information to you from the very beginning. But sometimes the parents can get caught up in the preparations, so they forget these important details. Since your job is to make sure that the food works out great, make sure to ask for this key information. Then try to include these favorite foods in your menu.
Also, confirm with the host if you will be in charge of the birthday cake. Make sure that the agreement on this is very clear. Some parents will want you to come up with it. Others will intend to purchase it themselves separately. Find out what the birthday celebrant is into, as well as whether the party has a particular theme. Then work these ideas into the decorations of the cake. This will show your host that you are keeping track of the important details, and that you are making sure to personalize your service. As much as possible, try to get the parents to agree to the design of the cake before you create it. You want to make sure that your vision for how it should look is in harmony with theirs.
Another thing that you should do is prepare your staff for the fact that this is a birthday party for kids. This is particularly important if most of their experience has focused on catering for adults. Having dozens of kids running around and being rowdy at an event is a totally different story, so they should be aware of this and prepare accordingly. You will want to consider whether it is best to use materials and dishes which do not break easily, in case they are dropped. You might want to use tablecloths and other linens which are stain proof as well. The list of adjustments that you will need to make goes on.