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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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Pig Roasting In Your Backyard Made Easy!

How to roast a pig from start to finish with the help of Salina's Catering in Tinley Park. We make it easy by prepping the pig in the BBQ box, so all you have to do is add charcoal, flip the pig once, then carve and serve. Cateringbysalinas.com or 708-614-9100

Give us a call if we can help!

 

 

Cooking a pig in a Cuban Coffin by Salina’s Catering in Tinley Park.

 

This is really easy to do. If you can cook food on a grill, you can roast a pig.

We do all the prep and all the clean-up.

 

Here’s a list of what you’re going to need:

Hot Gloves, towels or oven mitts for two people

A cooking thermometer

4 bags of charcoal (Regular Briquettes will do fine)

One lighter fluid

Matches or a lighter

Cutting board(s) and a knife(s)

A table to carve the pig on (we like to cover the table so we can throw the tablecloth out after we're done)

Some foil pans to place the carved meat 

Disposable gloves

A timer (I use my phone)

A party with a few guests

A fire extinguisher or a garden hose turned on might not be a bad idea also.

 

 

Prepping the pig:

This is all done by us at Salina’s

 

 

We cut off the legs (head is optional)

So we lay the pig out and cover it with olive oil and season it completely.

 We then cut it down the spine and open the pig all the way up so it lays completely flat and squeeze it between the 2 wire frames.

 

Then we lay the pig in the Cuban coffin that is already prepped for easy clean- up

 

Please note:


 You will want to check the temperature of the pork butts (where I’m pointing to and the pork shoulders) these two areas are the thickest parts of meat. The thermometer should read 165 degrees before we flip the pig to brown the skin. 


 
So after we deliver

 

Cooking the Pig:

This is your part unless we come out to do it for you.

 

This is going to take about 3.5 hours to cook, so I want you to start 5 hours before you want to serve.

 

Read the directions on the side of the box (They are really easy to follow)

 

The pig is prepped in the box upside down with the rib bones pointing up.

Next there are 4 pieces of metal on the perimeter of the box that support the solid ash tray (the solid galvanized piece of metal with the 2 handles on it) the charcoal tray (the one with all the holes in it) this will rest directly on the ash tray.

Please note:

When adding charcoal and checking the pig you will need to shake the charcoal tray lightly over the ash tray and dump the ash tray so it doesn’t insulate the heat from the pig.

 

So let’s get started

Let’s add the charcoal to the charcoal tray and give it a little lighter fluid and light it up.

Don’t worry- the lighter fluid fumes won’t make it in the box so go ahead and do this right on top of the box like we do.

 

Set your timer for an hour and then we will check the pig for the first time.

 

 



After an hour you going to check the pig and this is what it looks like after an hour. Then you need to add more charcoal according to the directions on the box and go ahead and close the box back up.


Do this every hour until the biggest (thickest) piece of meat is cooked. Just follow the directions along the side of the box; it’s pretty dead on.

 

If the pig isn’t done by the third time leave it in until it is. Please don’t flip the pig until it’s cooked. Check the butts and shoulders with a thermometer. Please make sure that the biggest (thickest) part of the pig is 165 degrees or greater.

Then you want to have someone help you pick to pick up the pig by the rack and flip it 180° now we're going  to score the skin with a knife so the skin get nice and crispy. After we're done scoring the skin put the cover back on top of the box. Finish cooking according to the directions, this takes about  30 to 45 minutes

 

After the skin is crispy take the pig out by the rack with two people and put it up on your carving table and let it rest for a few minutes .This is a great time to show off all your hard work.

Let it cool off for a few minutes as it will be easier to remove the rack and a lot easier to carve.

 

Take the rack off by removing the 4 “S” clips and then remove the top or both pieces of rack.

 




We usually start with the Butts. You can usually break the butts at the joint, cut it if you need to. It’s as easy as pulling up on them and breaking right at the leg joint. Next I usually do the ribs.  I'll lift up on the ribs and if its difficult at all I just take the knife and cut them right out.

 

 

You can cut all of this up as you go or put the bigger pieces aside and go back and cut it afterwards.


From here it's pretty much just keep going cutting or pulling sections of meat until your left with just bones.

 

Please dump the charcoal, ashes, and drippings out of the box(after the charcoal is out) Put the rest of the pieces in or on the box and we will take it from there.

 

Enjoy your party!

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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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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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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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