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How Much Pasta, Salad, And Potatoes Do I Need For My Next Catering Event?

How much do I really need?

How to plan your catering side dishes.

We have all been there before. You hosted a great party, and the food was delicious, but there was just too much. You sent everyone home with leftovers, yet you still cannot fit the remaining leftovers in your refrigerator. We all hesitate about the right amount of food we need catered for our event. Here are a few ways to help you determine the right amount of food that is best for your event that will keep your guests and your wallet full.  

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Side Dishes

When deciding the amount of food you need for your side dishes, keep the following in mind.

  1. Do I have other sides?
  2. Are people bringing dishes to share?
  3. Is it a staple food or specialty dish?
  4. Who are you serving?
A catering half pan typically feeds 10-12 people per pan.
A catering full pan typically feeds 25-30 people per pan.
When ordering side dishes, keep in mind all the food you plan on serving at your event. We typically recommend between 2 or 3 entrees for an event. You do not always need an exact amount for everyone once you begin to add more dishes to your menu.
Dishes such as pasta, salad, and potatoes are staples to a meal. However, when you begin to add more specialty sides, keep in mind that not everyone has the same taste palate and not everyone is going to eat every single item you serve. The average person has one plate of food.
It also helps to keep in mind who you will be serving. Is your event specifically for children? Children tend to eat less than adults. Salina's catering experts suggest for kids ages ten and under that every two children are represented as one.
You know your guests better than we do. If you know that your guests are heavy eaters or vice versa, let us know so we can help you plan accordingly. 

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How to Save Smart Money on a Party Tent Rental

Celebrating big achievements is a happy necessity in life. However, it is also necessary to plan your party with a budget in mind. Here are some tips from Salina's party rental experts on how to optimize your event budget and save money on your tent:
 
#1 Consider Space for Entertainment
If you plan on having a a dance floor, it's a lot easier to accommodate the dance floor inside the tent. Some choose to set up the buffet over the dance floor, and afterwards take the buffet down and have the dance floor open. You can do the same thing for a DJ. If you plan on eating earlier and having the DJ later, you can plan on using the same area for both.
 
#2 Order Fewer Tables and Chairs
So often, we see a huge tent packed with empty tables and chairs with just a few scattered guests sitting together at each one. Unless you plan on having a sit down dinner with everyone eating together at one time, you do not necessarily need seating for every guest. People will be up and moving around. You must consider guests may use your outside patio furniture or be in and out of the house. Some guests often prefer to stay inside to escape the heat. It is better to have fewer tables and chairs under the tent to provide more space while encouraging people to sit together. 
#3 Think about What Kind of Party You are Throwing
If you are having a wedding, you will need extra room. You will want to make sure you have seating for every guest under the tent in case of bad weather. You will want extra room to walk around and socialize. You may need space for a bar, DJ, band, or dance floor. It is necessary to consider how much space you will need for a head table, gift table, card table, desserts, and beverages.If you are having a graduation party, people will most likely arrive and depart at various times. People will be eating at different times. In this instance, it is not as crucial to have seating for every guest you have invited. 
 
After examining these details regarding your event, you should be able to better determine the size of tent and number of tables and chairs you will need to rent. As always, Salina's catering experts are happy to help you determine exactly what you need to make your event a success. Call today at (708)614-9100.
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How Big of a Party Tent Rental Do I Need for My Graduation Party?

One of the most common questions our experts get from customers is, "How big of a tent do I need?" The best way to determine what size tent to order is to consider how many people you are having at your event. It is also essential to account for additional space you possibly may need for a dance floor, bar, or DJ. 
 
It is helpful to decide if you will be serving buffet-style or family-style. If you are having a buffet, you may need extra room in the tent to set up tables for that. If you are having a sit down dinner, you will need seating for all guests all at one time. Bigger tents are more forgiving than smaller tents.
 
Thus, the more activities you're planning to do in the tent will require more space.
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Oak Forest Graduation Catering Ideas

It is always a challenge when planning a party to think of ways to make a party especially memorable. It can start to seem like almost every weekend another graduation party is on the books. If you're planning a graduation in Oak Forest, spicing up your catering menu might be the answer you're looking for. Salina's offers a huge selection of catering options so you can have the party you've always wanted. Try mixing it up a bit with some of these fun catering menu ideas from Salina's experts!

 
Idea #1 Order a wide variety of items
Different people like different things. By ordering a wider variety of items in smaller quantities, everyone will be able to find something they like. Also, by ordering a greater number of catering dishes, you reduce the amount of each item you need to order.
 
Idea #2 Have a pig roast
A great option for summer parties is to have a pig roast! Salina's can even come out to your house, cook and serve the pig for you. If you are a do-it-yourself kind of person, we have all the equipment available for rent, also.
 
Idea #3 Try the BBQ package
Sometimes, you want to have a BBQ, but you just don't feel like cooking! Salina's has a solution! With our BBQ package, you have a number of different backyard favorites to choose from. Additionally, Salina's,  has chefs available who can come prep, cook, and serve your BBQ choices on a grill at your event. With the on-site BBQ, guests can have their meal made when they want!
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Deck out your Frankfort graduation party

Graduation season is upon us! This wonderful time comes but once a year. Considering that, very few people have all the furniture they need to accommodate a house full of guests. Most people don't have enough room in the house for all their guests so the party overflows to outside. Salina's not only has you covered for all your catering needs, but we carry a huge line of rental party furniture too! Here are a few great party rental items to complete your event:

 
#1 White Canopy Party Tent
With a tent, you can keep the party (& most of the mess) outside! In the summer, guests want to enjoy the weather, but they don't want to have the sun beating down on them. Tents allow guests to stay cool and dry while celebrating a very special day.
 
#2 Inflatable Jump House Castle
Inflatable jumpers are excellent options for graduation parties with young guests. They are a blast, and kids will be amused for hours! Even adults will take a turn jumping. 
 
#3 Ice Cream Cart
The summers have been getting hotter and hotter! Keep your guests cool by having ice cream treats available. This way, people can grab dessert and cool down when they need it most. The kids will love it! Ice cream carts are especially  great for block parties, family picnics, and graduations!
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Orland Park Graduation Catering Ideas

Orland Park graduation party season is nearing! We know that means the planning has already begun. Whether you're celebrating a middle school, high school, or college graduation, Salina's has been one of Orland Park's top caterers for almost 20 years. Our catering experts have a few suggestions to make your graduation trendier than the rest.

 
Idea #1 Food on a Stick
 
We've all experienced a Saturday in June that was filled with 3 back-to-back graduation parties. Often, people stop in to give their congratulations and have to run. With kabobs, fruit or meat, more guests will be able to have a quick bite before they have to head out.
 
Idea #2 Themed Menu
 
To add a little flavor to the party, order a themed catering menu. Salina's offers fun Hawaiian and Mexican packages. If you match your decorations to your menu, you're graduation party might be the talk of the town.
 
Idea #3 Finger Food
 
Depending on your guest list, finger foods might be the way to go for catering. If a lot of the graduate's friends are stopping in, if there are a lot of young children, or if your guests have to fit 3 parties in one day, a big sit down meal might not work best. A wide variety of appetizers or mini sandwiches might accommodate your guests better. 
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Tinley Park Catering Graduation Tips

Salina's carries everything you need to have the best Tinley Park graduation party of the summer. Whether you're celebrating a middle school, high school, or college graduation, Salina's has been one of Tinley Park's top caterers for almost 20 years. We know that planning the perfect graduation party can be stressful, so here are some helpful tips from our catering experts.

Tip #1 Call in a few weeks in advance to reserve the catering delivery time you really want.

Due to the numerous catering orders we have during graduation party season, delivery times may become booked quickly.
By contacting us in advance about what time you will want your food delivered, we can ensure your time slot. If you wait to reserve your delivery time, you may have difficulty getting the delivery time you want.

Tip #2 Order for the exact number of people you're having

Don't over or under order. It will leave your guests hungry, or leave you with mountains of leftovers. Salina's has very generous portion sizes. We frequently receive comments from customers that they had the perfect amount of food when they ordered for how many guests they were having. 

Tip #3 Plan to serve dinner at least one hour into the party start time

Don't have your catering delivered before your guests arrive or right when they are getting there. It is best to wait a minimum of an hour into the graduation party to serve the meal to allow latecomers a chance to arrive and everyone time to get settled in, try some appetizers, have a drink, and mingle a bit. Salina's provides a 30 minute catering delivery window to make specific meal times in Tinley Park a reality.

 

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Why Cater for the Big Game? Sports Party Catering is the Way to Go

Are you a sports fan in Tinley Park, Orland Park, New Lenox, Frankfort, Mokena, Lockport, Homer Glen, Oak Forest, Manhattan, or Monee looking for a caterer for your football party? Salinas Catering can provide you with game day favorites delivered right to your house in any of these areas so that you won’t have to miss one minute of the game.

 

Is it your turn to host a sports party for the big game? Impress your friends by having the party catered and make this event enjoyable for yourself. There are numerous reasons why catering is the only way to go. Learn more from the article below:

 

Choosing to have your football party catered will allow you to enjoy the game as much as all of your guests. You won’t have to worry about cooking or setting out the food during halftime. You can choose a time to have your food delivered to your house and set up by your caterer at a time that is convenient for you and your guests. They will also bring disposable plates and utensils which will make for easy clean up.

 

Another advantage of going with a local caterer for your sports party is that you can order all of your guests’ game day favorites. Place a catering order for appetizers, wings, pizzas, and sandwiches. Salina’s full extensive menu can satisfy all of your guests’ cravings for game day food.

 

Catering a sports party also prevents you from having to ask your guests to bring a dish to share and from throwing a pot luck party. Let your guests enjoy themselves and not have to worry about bringing a food item over to your home for the party. Have your caterer take care of all of the food. Set up a few simple help yourself beverage stations so that you won’t have to miss any of the game waiting on your guests. 
3 Ingredients to a Perfect Holiday Party

 

What are the three key ingredients to a perfect holiday party? Whether you are hosting a party in Tinley Park, Orland Park, New Lenox, Frankfort, Mokena, Lockport, Homer Glen, Oak Forest, Manhattan, or Monee you can turn to Salinas Catering for all of your holiday party needs.

 

3 Ingredients for a Perfect Holiday Party:

 

A happy and stress-free host

 

The number one way to ensure that your holiday party is successful is to spend time with your guests instead of in the kitchen. The easiest way to achieve this is by letting a caterer do all of the hard work. By choosing Salinas Catering to handle your holiday party, you can enjoy your guests. Let your caterer come in and set up your food and supply all of the necessary serve ware for easy clean up. Spend less time in the kitchen and more time relaxing.

 

Plenty of food and several food options

 

Provide your guests with plenty of food and make sure there are several food options available that will appeal to children and guests with dietary restrictions. Select finger foods for kids and a vegetarian and gluten free dish for guests with dietary restrictions. This is especially important if you are hosting a larger party and are not aware of any dietary restrictions your guests may have. It is always better to offer these special dishes than to have guests unable to eat your holiday spread.

 

Room to dine comfortably

 

There is nothing wrong with renting an eight foot table and chairs and placing it in your living room so that you can provide a comfortable dining area for all of your guests. If you are having a larger holiday party at your home and need some extra space, rent a table and chairs and fit it into any room of your house that can accommodate your guests.

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Top Notch Homer Glen Catering Party Tips

Top Notch Homer Glen Catering Party Tips

 

Looking for some party planning tips that will help you get started in making arrangements for your event? Follow these expert Homer Glen catering tips to plan a stress free party all of your guests will rave about for months to come!

 

Tip #1 Choose a variety of menu items to meet all of your guests’ needs.

 

Start off with a basic package that comes with a few items such as a pasta dish, Italian beef, and a side dish. Packages are always a cost effective and easy way to start planning your menu.

 

Then, order a few extra items to make sure that you can meet all of your guests needs. Think of which food items are popular with children. You may want to order an extra tray of chicken tenders if you have several children attending your party. Add on a few cheese pizzas if you have invited vegetarian guests. Also, find gluten-free menu options if you are having gluten intolerant guests at your party.

 

Tip #2 Plan for a few extra guests.

 

Summertime parties almost always draw more guests than you originally invited. For some reason, everyone loves a party in the summer time and your guests may extend your invitation out to others. Plan on children bringing along a friend to you party, teenagers inviting a date, and relatives extending the invitation out to other family members. Increasing your food quantities a bit will ensure that you have plenty of food for all of your guests, no matter how many additional people they invite.

 

Tip #3 Set up an outdoor party space in the summer months.

 

Your Homer Glen catering company should be able to help you with your basic rental needs such as a tent, tables, and chairs. Even if you have enough room inside of your house to accommodate your guests they will want to congregate outdoors. Provide ample seating and tables outdoors so guests can eat in the backyard and enjoy the summertime season. 

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Orland Park Catering Tips on Planning Outdoor Parties

Orland Park Catering Tips on Planning Outdoor Parties

 

Planning on outdoor party? Need some helpful advice and tips on securing rentals and ordering food? Your Orland Park catering company is ready and waiting to help you plan your special events. Follow these tips on planning a successful outdoor party to make sure your guests have a memorable time for all the right reasons.

 

Tip #1 Having too much of something is always better than not having enough.

 

The age old adage is true. It is always better to have too much food than not enough. This doesn’t mean that you have to order enough food to feed a dozen extra guests but you should take some time in making your menu selections and ask your Orland Park catering company for help with deciding portions. Keep in mind that the event’s time of day and the type of guests you are hosting should factor into your menu portioning. Guests will tend to eat more at a party hosted during the dinner hours. Kids will eat less than adults. Your caterer will help ensure that you don’t run out of food for your hungry guests.

 

Tip #2 When it rains, it pours.

 

Planning a backyard party or outdoor graduation ceremony? If you are hosting a party with a large number of guests that can not comfortably all be seated inside of your house you will need to secure party rentals providing them a comfortable seating area outdoors under the protection of a tent. Talk to your Orland Park catering company directly to see what size tent you will need to accommodate your guests.

 

You will also need to consider renting tables and chairs for your guests. If you will be setting up your food outdoors rent extra tables for your serving stations. Always be prepared for a few extra guests and some rain and your guests will enjoy your party regardless of the weather.

 

Tip #3 Be prepared for hot or cold temperatures.

 

Living in the Chicagoland areas leaves you vulnerable to unseasonable temperatures. While it is easy for your guests to bundle up and add on extra layers, you will need to make plans for your food to make sure that it stays the correct temperature. Ask your Orland Park catering company how you can make sure your food stays warm or cold at an outdoor party.

 

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3 Ways Your New Lenox Catering Company Can Save the Day

3 Ways Your New Lenox Catering Company Can Save the Day

 

Major Save #1 It’s the week of your backyard party and you see nothing but rain in the forecast.

 

Weather not cooperating with your backyard party plans?

 

By opting to go with a New Lenox catering company that also provides party rentals such as: tents, tables, chairs, and porta potties, you can rest assured that your caterer will make sure you are ready for your event rain or shine. Choose a local caterer that is capable of supplying you with all of your backyard party rentals in addition to your food. When there is inclement weather in your forecast, contact your caterer to find out about what tents they have available at the last minute for your backyard party.

 

Major Save #2 You have 50 guests attending your child’s graduation party but you only ordered enough food for 25 people. Last minute add-ons can throw off your menu planning.

 

How do you know you have ordered enough food? Has your guest list fluctuated since you originally placed your order?

 

Don’t be afraid to ask your New Lenox Catering Company for advice on how much food you should order. Always discuss the number of guests you are having attend your party when you are speaking with your caterer. They will let you know right away if they feel you haven’t ordered enough food for your event. Experienced caterers can also help with your menu planning so you can be confident you have made selections that will appeal to all of your guests.

 

Major Save #3 The temperature isn’t cooperating with your plans for an outdoor party.

 

Any New Lenox Catering business should know that it is possible to experience unseasonably cold or extremely hot Chicago weather during the summer months. Whether you are concerned with keeping your cold foods at a cool temperature on a sweltering hot summer day, or if unseasonably cool weather sets in on the day of your outdoor party, your caterer should have the equipment you need to keep your food safe for serving. From lidded chaffing dishes fueled by sternos to cold plates on ice; your caterer can provide solutions to keep your foods at the proper temperature no matter what weather the WindyCity dishes out!

 

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Oak Forest catering

Oak Forest catering

Oak Forest, Illinois is a lovely city that resides in Cook County Illinois. Homewood is a southwestern suburb of Chicago that is located approximately 20 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop. As of the 2010 census, Oak Forest  is home to just over 27,000 residents. Oak Forest is an affluent area in which most families earn somewhere around the village’s median family income of $70,711. The majority of Oak Forest residents are gainfully employed. Being so close to Chicago, Oak Forest has attracted prime businesses and hospitality industry development. Oak Forest is also home to several shopping areas that serve our growing community and the surrounding region. Oak Forest is home to a strong, local, diverse economy full of retail, office, industry, and entertainment.It’s these wonderful businesses and amazing families that inspire Salina’s Catering to provide the best catering option in Oak Forest. Salina’s Catering is available to cater any events you might have. From business lunches to graduation parties and even Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, Salina’s Catering can be there. Salina’s Catering has a wide and diverse catering menu with several packaging options. Salina’s Catering even provides a “Create Your Own Menu” option so you can customize your catering any way you want to. Our business catering can either come to your place of business or meet at an outside location of your choice. Whether it’s a luncheon, a retirement party, or just employee appreciation, Salina’s Catering has your business covered. Salina’s Catering personal catering business is just as well prepared. Salina’s Catering can do everything from family dinners, reunions, graduation parties, or even engagement parties. Aside from the delicious food, Salina’s Catering can also provide your family or business with a wait staff, tents, tables, chairs, or anything you might need. Salina’s Catering can even bring an ice cream cart or bounce house. When it comes down to it, Salina’s Catering is perfect for Oak Forest Illinois’ businesses and families.

 

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Tinley Park Business, Corporate and Residential  Catering

 

Tinley Park, Illinois is a lovely village that resides in both Cook County and Will County Illinois. Tinley Park is a southwestern suburb of Chicago that is located approximately 30 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop. As of the 2010 census, Tinley Park  is home to just over 56,000 residents, and is the fastest growing Chicago suburb. Tinley Park is an affluent area in which most families earn somewhere around the village’s median family income of $77,097. The majority of Tinley Park residents are gainfully employed. Being so close to Chicago, Tinley Park has attracted prime businesses and hospitality industry development. Not only is Tinley Park home to award-winning restaurants, there is also a popular Convention Center and a large selection of high-profile hotels. Tinley Park is also home to major shopping areas that serve our growing community and the surrounding region. Tinley Park is home to a strong, local, diverse economy full of retail, office, industry, and entertainment. Tinley Park was also named by BusinessWeek as the best city in America to raise a family.It’s these wonderful businesses and amazing families that inspire Salina’s Catering to provide the best catering option in Tinley Park.

Salina’s Catering is available to cater any events you might have. From business lunches to graduation parties and even Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, Salina’s Catering can be there. Salina’s Catering has a wide and diverse catering menu with several packaging options. Salina’s Catering even provides a “Create Your Own Menu” option so you can customize your catering any way you want to. Our business catering can either come to your place of business or meet at an outside location of your choice. Whether it’s a luncheon, a retirement party, or just employee appreciation, Salina’s Catering has your business covered. Salina’s Catering personal catering business is just as well prepared. Salina’s Catering can do everything from family dinners, reunions, graduation parties, or even engagement parties. Aside from the delicious food, Salina’s Catering can also provide your family or business with a wait staff, tents, tables, chairs, or anything you might need. Salina’s Catering can even bring an ice cream cart or bounce house. When it comes down to it, Salina’s Catering is perfect for Tinley Park Illinois’ businesses and families.

 

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Plan a Party and Book Tinley Park Catering in 3 Easy Steps

Are you planning a graduation party or backyard wedding? Booking your caterer should be your next order of business once you have selected the date of the event. Read on and follow these three steps on how to choose your caterer.

 

Step #1 Establish a budget for your party.

 

Before you start buying supplies for your party and placing your Tinley Park catering order, come up with a price range that you would like to spend on your party. By estimating what you are comfortable spending before you start planning, it will be easier to get a general idea of how much of your budget you can spend on the food and any necessary rentals.

 

Step #2 Go with a Tinley Park Catering Business that can take care of all of your party needs including your rentals.

 

Trying to secure rentals and food for a party can become a hassle. Make things easier on yourself by selecting a catering company with the ability to take on all of your catering needs including the food and rentals. Whether you are hosting a large backyard party and are looking to rent a tent along with tables and chairs, or if you just want to add something special to your child’s birthday by renting a snow cone machine, select a caterer that can fulfill your rental needs along with your food.

 

 Step #3 Choose a diverse menu to appease all of your guests.

 

No matter how large or small your party is, offering your guests several food options is always a smart idea. Keep in mind that some of your guests may have special dietary needs that require them to eat vegetarian or gluten free foods. Vary your food menu and choose a caterer that is equipped to provide you with a large selection of delicious food items that guests with special dietary needs can enjoy. 

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Cyber Monday Special at Salinas

Cyber Monday Specials at Salinas

Cyber Monday Special

 We may be closed on Mondays, but that doesn't mean you can't place your catering order online! Place your catering package order online today and get a FREE Holiday Dessert Tray!

 Just place your catering order online on Monday 11/26/2012 and we will apply the Free Holiday Dessert Tray to your order. Orders must be placed between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Monday 11/26/2012 for Holiday Dessert Tray to apply.

Order online at CateringbySalinas.com

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