Some tips for catering birthday parties include making dishes you are comfortable with and preparing some make-ahead items before the event. Another tip is to take traditional fare and downsize it to enjoy without utensils.
Don't experiment with new dishes when you are catering a birthday party. Making everything on the day of the event can lead to stress and mistakes, so include some foods that you can make the day before. Place buffet tables somewhere guests can access from both sides. That way, you avoid pile-ups and long lines. Presentation is key. You can use basic foods and even store-bought items, as long as you put them in attractive dishes and lay them out nicely. Put drinks into punch bowls, carafes and other nice-looking vessels.
Some tips for catering children's birthday parties include preparing dishes that are in keeping with the theme of the party. Consider using disposable dinnerware, and be sure to include lots of finger foods that aren't too messy. Some caterers prefer to serve cupcakes or other individual treats at birthday parties instead of one large cake to save time and to minimize messes. Find out about any food allergies before planning the birthday party menu.