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Tips & Advice on Catering for Confirmation & First Communion Celebrations at Home

The Challenge of Catering for a Confirmation or Communion facing parents can be daunting.

Entertaining Family & Friends of different generations on your Child’s special day can get out of hand, so don’t get caught up in the frenzy, says Catherine Fulvio of Ballyknocken House & Cookery School. Catherine hosts Cookery Courses on everything from Asian Cuisine to Outdoor Entertaining and knows well from her classes the frustrations and tensions facing parents hosting an event at home whatever it may be.

These days a great deal of families are celebrating by hosting parties at home with friends and family; so bear in mind this is not the typical children’s birthday party nor is it a wedding! You will have guests of all ages. Here are some useful hints and tips from Catherine to host a successful informal buffet:

Always prepare for the rain although the days are lovely in April and May, hire / purchase / borrow a small marquee or pop up gazebos.

For the FOOD:

  • Simple dishes – guaranteed success!!
  • Plan food that can be prepared in advance
  • Prepare food that does not require too much “last minute” attention or prep
  • Prepare food that will not spoil with standing
  • If you are going to serve hot food make sure that you have enough hot trays or chafing dishes to keep food hot
  • Make sure that you have sufficient serving spoons
  • Don’t be “shy” to delegate – ask an Auntie to bake the family’s favourite chocolate cake
  • Choose a selection of dishes & desserts that are suitable for self-service and appeal to all ages
  • Homemade truffles make a wonderful finishing touch to any party and can be prepared in advance involving the children


  • Make sure that you have sufficient quantities and possibly a few extras for the unexpected guests on the day
  • Have chairs, linen, crockery and cutlery ready a day in advance – no use in rushing around on the day in the high heels and the lovely outfit trying to carry in the chairs borrowed from the neighbours!!
  • Let your child choose the colour he / she would like for flowers, balloons, serviettes etc.

As the season for Confirmation and Communion Celebrations gets underway the challenge facing parents, namely mothers, is how to put together a reception that is not going to cost the earth and is going to appeal to young and old. Catherine suggests some easy and affordable dishes that will satisfy all tastes. Get her recipe ideas here.

If you decide that self-catering just isn't for you, why not have a look at our extensive list of caterers from around the country.