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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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