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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,

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 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

Plan food that can be prepared in advance

Prepare food that will not spoil with standing

Make sure that you have enouhg cutlery for all who are going to be fed

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

Setting Up

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.

A good music playlist is a great finishing touch, and there are plently to choose from on spotify or apple music. Not only do they take away the hassle of trying to choose music people will like, but they can give a party a great atmosphere in seconds!!

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.