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Children’s Party Budget-Friendly Ideas

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Kid’s party is the best time for parents to make the little ones happy and be lavished with special attention. However, as you write down your list, you must have realized how pricey it can be to make the event a lot more fun. You have to consider things like the entertainers, the giveaways, and venue and of course, the party food. To help cut a bit of your expenses, here are some suggestions for your child’s birthday party.

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Buy goodies in bulk. This is especially true when it comes to the party bags, hats and other tiny little things that kids love. However, avoid buying more than what you need for the party. You can’t say that you’re going to keep the excess for the next year. You’ll end up wasting your money, which ruins the purpose of buying in bulk.

Cut down your guest list. Ask your kid whom he wants to invite. Remember, this is not your part and your kid has a say on this. However, you have the power to control the number. Give your kid a limit, but let him decide on his own. Cutting down the number of guest is the easiest way to reduce the cost of the party.

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Go for finger foods. Let the children play as much as they want but don’t let them starve. For sure, you can barely ask them to sit and eat as they are busy playing with the others. You can actually have them eat and play at the same time by serving finger foods that they can grab wherever they go. How about hot dogs and mini pizzas? Cocktail samosas, pork fingers, and spring rolls are just among the many choices you have. You may serve them all with special themes.

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Secrets to Mouth-Watering Bite-Sized Fried Chicken

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

It seems that friend chicken is among the oldest chicken recipe that we know. Yes, we love chicken when it is deep fried. Children and adults favour fried chicken. Why? Perhaps not just because we love chicken or that we love anything that is fried. It can be because that we have developed several ways on how to enhance our classic fried chicken.

spicy chicken munchies

In various finger food partiesin Sydney, bite-sized fried chicken servings are never missed. Our Sydney caterers provide us with some tips on how to come up with mouth-watering fried chicken for our parties in Sydney.

Fry or Oven It. As the name implies, fried chicken needs to be fried. That means you will need a large pan, plenty of oil and a good amount of fire. But we also know that dip fry cooking can be a little bit unhealthy because the oil will soak into the chicken meat and will be absorbed. Lately, chefs suggest that it can be possible to oven the chicken subject to a considerable amount of heat and the same mouthwatering bite-sized friend chicken will be the result. The second option can be a healthier way to do it.

The Chicken Itself. The taste of the fried chicken will be dependent on how you marinade it. Some buttermilk marinade with the finest spices can make the tastiest fried chicken.

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Sauce. It depends whether you want to have sweet and rich gravy or you prefer the hot and tangy red chili sauce. You can even invent your own sauce like mixing some soy sauce and apple cider. You can have mayonnaise if you love to.

Delish It. There is no absolute rule in food preparation and that holds true even with fried chicken. You can have onions, tomatoes, parmesan cheese or vegetables servings like broccoli, carrots, mushrooms and lettuce.

Going Bollywood

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Yes it’s Bollywood! You might think it’s not Bollywood but Hollywood. Well, it is not. Bollywood happens to be India’s version of the famous and well-loved Hollywood of the west.

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If you are planning for parties in Sydney then a Bollywood-themed party will be a great idea! What are the things that you need for your Bollywood party? You will need to ask your guest to put on some Bollywood costumes, rent a large hall and arrange some black and white decorations. Throw some colorful pillows on the couches and play rhythmic Indian music.

But above all, to be able to have a nice Bollywood-theme party you will need to prepare for the best Indian dishes and drinks. You can always ask some Sydney caterers to prepare the following:

Finger Foods. In any Bollywood party, finger foods are most favored. Included in the most popular menus are Mumbai Sandwiches made of assorted vegetable servings of cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes, bets and cheese. Other great add-ons to the list are the Tikki Chaat, Bhelpuri, Paani Puri, and Papdi Chaat.

Exotic Indian Cuisine. Buffets of Buttered Chicken, Palak Paneer, Naan are always bestsellers in Sydney as well as in other parts of the world.

Salads and Sidedishes. A Bollywood-themed party will never be complete without vegetable salads like Kachumbar, as well as spicy side dishes Green Onion Raita.

Snacks and Bites. Whether you are hosting a luncheon or an afternoon party, a Bollywood party menu will always be available for you. Heavy snack options include Samosa and Vada Pav.

Drinks. After we have talked so much about food selections, we must not forget about the drinks to complete the Bollywood menu. During summer days, cold Indian drinks like Lasi and Badam Milk can be great. During winter days, Spiced Apple Cider and Masala Chai can be favorable.

Cheap Finger Food All Suburbs

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

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wedding Ideas From Sydney Wedding Caterers

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

www.myweddingcaterer.com.au Questions to Ask : •
How many years have your wedding caterer been in business?
• What percentage of your wedding caterer business is dedicated to wedding receptions?
• Does your wedding caterer have liability insurance?
• Is your wedding caterer licensed to serve alcohol?
• When does your wedding caterer require the final head-count?
• What is the ratio of servers to guests for your wedding caterer?
• How much gratuity does your wedding caterer expect?
• What is the cake-cutting fee of your wedding caterer?
• What is your wedding caterer bartending fee?
• What is your wedding caterer fee to clean up after the reception?
• What is your wedding caterer payment/cancellation policy? Questions to Ask Wedding Caterer :
• What type of food items do you recommend for my budget and number of guests?
• What type of service, sit-down dinner or buffet, would be best?
• Discuss menu selections, ask the cost per person.
• Do you provide linens? Is there an additional fee?
• Is there a color selection?
• Do you supply glasses, plates and silverware?
• Is there an additional charge?
• Do you handle all rental equipment such as tables, chairs, serving pieces?
• Would it cost less if I handle the rentals myself?
• How much time will you need to set up?
• Can we go over the table locations and seating arrangements ahead of time?
• Do you handle clean up? Rental returns? • Will you personally handle and attend my reception?
• If not, what is the name of the person who will?
• Do you make arrangements for flowers, decorations, and music?
• Do you provide the wedding cake?
• If not, is there a cake cutting fee?
• Do you charge extra to pour coffee?
• Will you provide the groom’s cake, if we want one?
• Do you provide the liquor?
• What is the per drink cost?
• Is it cheaper if we provide our own liquor?
• Do you charge a corkage fee per bottle if we provide our own wine and champagne?
• Do you require a guaranteed number of guests?
• What is the latest date I can give you a final guest count?
• Do you have a contract?
• When will you provide the final per person cost?
• What is the payment policy?
• What is the deposit to hold the date?
• What is your refund or cancellation policy?
• Are gratuities already figured in the total price?
• If so, what percent is being charged?
• Do you provide food for the photographer, videographer or musicians?
• Is this an extra per person fee?
• Will you pack a to-go snack for the bride and groom?
• Will you pack the top tier of the wedding cake? Questions to Ask :
• How many years have your wedding caterer been in business?
• What percentage of your wedding caterer business is dedicated to wedding receptions?
• Does your wedding caterer have liability insurance?
• Is your wedding caterer licensed to serve alcohol?
• When does your wedding caterer require the final head-count?
• What is the ratio of servers to guests for your wedding caterer?
• How much gratuity does your wedding caterer expect?
• What is the cake-cutting fee of your wedding caterer?
• What is your wedding caterer bartending fee?
• What is your wedding caterer fee to clean up after the reception?
• What is your wedding caterer payment/cancellation policy? Questions to Ask Wedding Caterer :
• What type of food items do you recommend for my budget and number of guests?
• What type of service, sit-down dinner or buffet, would be best?
• Discuss menu selections, ask the cost per person.
• Do you provide linens? Is there an additional fee?
• Is there a color selection?
• Do you supply glasses, plates and silverware?
• Is there an additional charge?
• Do you handle all rental equipment such as tables, chairs, serving pieces?
• Would it cost less if I handle the rentals myself?
• How much time will you need to set up?
• Can we go over the table locations and seating arrangements ahead of time?
• Do you handle clean up? Rental returns?
• Will you personally handle and attend my reception?
• If not, what is the name of the person who will?
• Do you make arrangements for flowers, decorations, and music?
• Do you provide the wedding cake?
• If not, is there a cake cutting fee?
• Do you charge extra to pour coffee?
• Will you provide the groom’s cake, if we want one?
• Do you provide the liquor?
•What is the per drink cost? • I
s it cheaper if we provide our own liquor?
• Do you charge a corkage fee per bottle if we provide our own wine and champagne?
• Do you require a guaranteed number of guests?
• What is the latest date I can give you a final guest count?
• Do you have a contract?
• When will you provide the final per person cost?
• What is the payment policy?
• What is the deposit to hold the date?
• What is your refund or cancellation policy
? • Are gratuities already figured in the total price?
• If so, what percent is being charged?
• Do you provide food for the photographer, videographer or musicians?
• Is this an extra per person fee?
• Will you pack a to-go snack for the bride and groom?
• Will you pack the top tier of the wedding cake?

Mr Finger Food Deal of the Month – 51% Saving!

Monday, July 4th, 2011

To see the deal click here: Finger Food Deal of the Month 51% Saving

The deal of the month from MrFingerFood.com.au could possibly be their best one yet! Save a massive 51%!

A Chef special deal – normally $35 now only $14.95!!

So make sure you book your finger food or cocktail party today. Your package will include 12 to 15 items per guest of the following items:

  • TURKISH BREAD WITH TRIO OF DIPS
    • Warm turkish bread strips served with the following dips:
      • Spicy capsicum
      • Hommus
      • Avovado
  • BRUSCHETTA
    • Tomato, bocconici, garnished with freshly chopped basil leaves and dizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  • CHEESE, DIPS & CAPANOSSI
    • Cabanossi, tasty cheese and a selection of dips
  • SPICY CHICKEN MUNCHIES
    • Tender formed chicken portions encased in a crunchy golden coating served in bite-sized portions – very tasty!
  • MINI CHICKEN DIM SIMS
    • Cocktail sized chicken pieces mixed with a variety of vegetables and wrapped in a traditional Dim Sim pastry casing.
  • AUTHENTIC THAI FISHCAKES
    • Authentic Thai fishcake created by mixing a unique combination of Thai spices in a traditional style fishcake.
  • PRAWN STICKS
    • 4 delicious flavours:
      • Herb & garlic
      • Crispy Thai
      • Coconut and Lime
      • Thai Sweet Chicken
  • CHEFS SPECIAL 5 VARIETIES
    • Turkey & Cranberry Bite
    • Quiche Lorraine
    • Vegetable Samosa
    • Ham, Corn & Cheddar Turnover
    • Spinach & Ricotta Puff
  • COCKTAIL QUICHES
    • Quiche Lorraine: Bacon, cheese and onion in a classic quiche mixture of eggs, cream and seasoning.
    • Spinach and Fetta Quiche: A traditional quiche mix with spinach and fetta cheese
  • ASIAN DELIGHTS
    • Vegetable spring rolls, curry puffs, vegetable samosas, water chestnut & shiitake mushrooms puffs.
  • CRISPY FISH COCKTAILS
    • White flaky fish, dipped in a delicious golden tempura batter. Oven baked.
  • MINI PIZZAS, SUPREME & VEGETARIAN
    • Ham, capsicum, cheese and tomato and/or authentic Vegetarian Pizza with a variety of vegetarian delights presented on a tasty pastry base.
  • MINI PARTY PIES / SAUSAGE ROLLS
    • 100% beef mixed with delicious flavoured gravy and encased in a light flaky pastry. Seasoned sausage rolls filled with seasoned vegetables and wrapped in a light flaky pastry.
  • INDIAN PASTRY
    • Mixed pastry platter:
      • Chicken Madras bites
      • Lentil & Veg Cocktail Samosas
      • Chicken Pesto Parcels
      • Enchilada Bites
      • Veg Curry Puffs
      • Thai Green Chicken Puffs
  • VEGETABLE SPRING ROLLS
    • Flavoursome oriental styled cocktail spring rolls filled with mixed vegetables and encased in a golden crispy pastry.
  • SPICY MALAYSIAN RENDANG MEATBALLS
    • Tasty mix of lean beef and Malaysian spices which are formed into meatballs and cooked to perfection.
  • CHEF’S VEGETARIAN SELECTION
    • For a healthy alternatively, these delightful bite size portions will surely be the way to go.

Over 200 products available see their website for more selections. New gourmet range www.MrFingerFood.com.au

To see the deal click here: Finger Food Deal of the Month 51% Saving

Or Call 1800 608 186 to chat to one of their firendly staff and discuss your requirements.

Cocktail party catering service

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Cocktail party catering service
Mr Finger Food have a great amount of knowledge and experience when it comes to providing catering for all kinds of cocktail parties. Whether it be a small private party at home to a large charity event or even VIP corporate events in prestigious venues for over 500 people! Mr Finger Food has even catered for the X Factor After Party. Call them today to book your cocktail party.

  • Everything planned right to the finest detail
  • They will make a few suggestions for a venue if they know the area well
  • Supply everything including kitchen equipment, staff, drinks, glasses, serving platters and cocktail napkins
  • Provide you with choices for your menu selections checkout their site: finger food for cocktail party
  • All food is prepared using quality ingredients
  • Good staffing levels to ensure all guests are looked after properly

Like what you see? Take a look at Mr Finger food website for some great finger food options.

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Tips for a successful 21st Birthday Party

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Mr Finger Food has provided us with some tips to help you plan a special 21st birthday party. They presume you are organising a twenty first party for 40 to 100 people. For a larger event you might need a professional venue, security and perhaps a professional event organiser. Although day time parties are commonly easier to manage. Make sure that you check that the date doesn’t clash with other friends events or major concerts!

1. Food service

With a 21st birthday party it’s important that food is served as soon as guests arrive. This will put some limit on the impact of the alcohol. Serving finger food throughout the evening works very well at reducing any over-indulgence in alcohol. Its always important at a 21st for people to mingle and finger food works great for this while keeping catering costs under control. Mr Finger Food has some great finger food party packages which will be ideal for your party.

21st birthday party cateringTHE GET TOGETHER

8 items – $10.95 per guest
Minimum 30 guests – $328.50

Just add $10.95 per guests for extra guests

Add 10% GST

  • Vegetarian spring rolls
  • Mini beef pies
  • Mini sausage rolls
  • Cocktail chicken dim sims
  • Mini pizza ham and pineapple /supreme
  • Grilled meatballs
  • Bite size chicken drums
  • Crispy fish cocktails

8 items of finger food per guest
A nice selection of finger food to please all the guests.

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2. Tips on a theme

A theme makes the night more memorable, gets people involved and makes the party distinctive. It helps with decisions about catering and music. It can be used as a means of self-expression by the party boy or girl. Are they outdoors types or intellectual types? What is their taste in TV/music/movies? Do they have a particular cultural interest or hobby that could be a theme? Use your imagination! Here are some suggestions:

  • Hollywood – Get some guests to be paparazzi outside and take photos of people as they arrive. Present a video of the guest of honour later and introduce it like a movie premiere.
  • 60s/70s/80s themes are good fun. Easy for everyone to costume and the music selects itself. The year the person was born is another possibility.
  • Fancy dress (well obviously) but note that this might not work if everyone plans to kick on afterwards somewhere else.
  • Colours make good themes, so do letters of the alphabet. Usually the initial of the party boy or party girl’s first name.
  • Casinos are a good theme because you can organise themed activities and games. Activities eliminate the boredom that mixed with alcohol leads to trouble.
  • Pool parties, cruises and discos are popular. Here are a couple of more outrageous options: wedding theme, sci-fi, car rally, sleaze, progressive party…

 

3. Preparations

Reduce stress: organise things well in advance. Book with a trusted caterer remember the sooner the better. Mr Finger Food has some great finger food deals which will be ideal for your party so book quickly to avoid disappointment. This includes all the catering and entertainment but also things like the memory board (a pin-up board full of photos) and the web page, if you’re putting one together. A 21st blog will help build excitement and can be used to host baby photos and party photos. Get all-inclusive quotes for everything (music, food, security, entertainment, equipment hire…) in writing well before the event.

 

4. Briefing your son/daughter/parent

Successfully navigating the 21st requires parents and the 21 year old to agree terms. The best time to do this is before a decision to proceed is made. The 21yo will want the parents to fund the event. The parents will want to be sure the party does not end in the Emergency Department of the local hospital or with the Police Tactical Response Group using tasers on the guests.

 

Points of discussion usually include the number of guests, ending times, ground rules for speeches and sometimes include discussions about drug use. If the focus of the event is ‘a fantastic party with family and my best friends’ the conversation about numbers is irrelevant. It just needs a list of best friends. Hopefully your birthday son or daughter are among those mature enough to see beyond a contest to see who can throw the biggest party. The conversation about the party should be ‘how can we make this fantastically memorable without relying on alcohol or drugs’.

 

The fact is, most kids by age 21 will have been to parties with alcohol or drugs, so if their 21st is to be special, it should be different to the normal parties they go to. The real difference is, this party is about them in particular, about their special friends and about becoming an adult.

 

5. Security – Minimising risks

Invitations are a necessity. They should be produced at the door. Names should be crossed off a list. Alternatively, send a security bracelet (a tamper-proof security band) with the invitation. This makes it easy for someone to control admission and drinks service. If you consider the security risk high, engage a professional security outfit. Ideally they would employ ex-police officers who understand how to handle conflict resolution. Invitations should specify a closing time. Remember that if you specify midnight, people will generally leave between then and 1AM.

  • Lock all doors.
  • Remove valuables from sight
  • Keep the entertainment going. Tips: dancing is great. Karaoke is great. Videos of the 21 year old are great. Gather everyone in for the speeches. Then let them spread out, then gather them in again for the cutting of the cake. It sounds mean, but regular interruptions reduce the risk of people getting up to mischief.

 

6. Choosing a venue

Home is cheap and may be your preferred option. But professional venues do clean up and they have a fixed closing time. It’s harder to get people to leave a domestic premises. Some venues will allow you to use your own caterers; others will insist you use theirs.

 

7. Tips on managing emotions

There are two sets of emotions to worry about here. The parents and the 21yo. Parents are often pre-occupied with the preparations of the event but on the day, when it comes time to give a speech, they are sometimes unexpectedly emotional. If you are uncomfortable with that, ask your 21 year old if you can practise your speech in front of them. Doing it privately a day before the event will let you be emotional without the onlookers and on the big day you’ll be less likely to break down. As a caterer for many twenty firsts I frequently see the birthday girl in tears at her own 21st birthday party. Before the event, she needs to read this:

 

It’s a party, it’s not a test of your popularity. It doesn’t matter how many people turn up; it doesn’t matter who fails to turn up or who turns up with who’s boyfriend. The significance of this event is your adulthood. If anything goes wrong, you get to handle it like an adult, smile like a princess and move on to the next admirer. It’s not about THEM, it’s about YOU.

 

8. Formalities

The Key

The handing over of the birthday key is a 21st tradition, symbolising the freedom to open new doors and accept new responsibilities. You can get a fresh key cut and put it in a nice presentation box or have one set in a necklace. Some people do the birthday cake in the shape of a key.

 

The Gift

Sometimes parents arranged a birthday gift and want to surprise their child at the event. The presentation would normally be made at the time of the speeches.

 

The Speeches

This lends a sense of occasion and again, makes the night stand out as something special. These days the format of the speeches is often less formal. It doesn’t have to be a long speech and should only be that if the parent is a very good speaker. One of the parents may want to mention the achievements of their child, what makes them special, what made the parents proud and publicly congratulate them on making it to adulthood, say that they love them and that they’ve done the best job they knew how as parents. It’s not necessary to tell funny stories. If the twenty one year old is sensitive about what might be said in the speech they should make that clear before the night. The birthday girl or boy should respond (brief is okay) by thanking the parents for emotional, financial support.

9. Drinks Catering

It’s time to party, you bring the guests – On Tap Beverage Catering will bring the drinks! 

Drink catering packages are now a very popular choice as hosts look to remove a few of those headaches when organising private catering for their function. Impress your guests and be the envy of your friends by having professional bartenders serve drinks in your home, hall, park, beach, surf club, front yard, back yard or roof top! Get a Drinks Catering Quote Now!

10. Volunteer helpers

One thing people often do at twenty firsts is enlist family and friends as support in the food service. There’s no doubt this is a great way to lower costs and it helps people mix. Passing around a tray of food gives the older generation an excuse to get to know some of the younger people. But here’s what happens: the family have three volunteers and hire one professional staffer through the catering company. The volunteers get caught up in conversation and because they’re volunteers, don’t worry too much about passing around the finger food! The professional staffer is run off her feet and guests complain about the food being absent or cold. If someone volunteers, get them to agree to work certain hours at 100% or hire an extra catering person.

 

11. Remember to have fun!

Employ professional people where you can afford them, plan well in advance, have clear communication with each other up-front and trust each other’s intuition. Congratulations!

 

More questions??

Just checkout Mr Finger Food website to make a birthday catering booking and a member of their professional team will assist you Mr Finger Food has some great finger food party packages which can be adapted for your party.

Sydney caterer has the x factor

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

party food catering

Top Sydney party finger food caterer has recently catered backstage at the Australian X Factor show. It was a huge success and they are always proud to provide excellent service to their clients no matter how big or small the event is.

Take a look at a sample of their finger food menu:

  • Vegetable spring rolls
  • Tasty beef pies
  • Mini sausage rolls
  • Chicken dim Sims
  • Pizza – Ham and pineapple/supreme
  • Grilled meatballs
  • Mini chicken drums
  • Fish cocktails
  • Filo hot dogs
  • Mixed volavants 3 types
  • Thai/crab cake
  • Marinated pork fingers
  • Cheese and spinach triangle
  • Tempura chicken pieces
  • Cocktail samosas
  • And more

Give your next party the x factor…

… and book your party finger food with http://www.mrfingerfood.com.au/

MrFingerfood caters for all types of events

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

From arranging the correct lighting to sourcing the appropriate props and scenery, we can assist with any theming idea that you may have since we have seen it all before. Here are just a few examples of occasions that we have catered for:

– Promotions & Product Launches
– Weddings & Celebrations
– Exhibitions
– Christmas Parties
– Awards Ceremonies
– Conferences
– Family Fun Days
– Charity Balls

However quirky your event may be, we have the knowledge and expertise to make the catering for your event a success! Check out Mr Fingerfood’s menu options and start planning! Some of our customer’s hot platters finger food favourites are:

Chicken Satay Skewers

Chicken thigh oven baked in tasty home-made satay sauce and served on skewers. Beef, pork, lamb also available on foil platters with dipping sauces.

Heat your self $39 medium $59 large or delivered hot just add $8.00 per platter.

Mini Chicken Dim Sims

Cocktail sized chicken pieces mixed with a variety of vegetables and wrapped in a traditional Dim Sim pastry casing. On foil platters with dipping sauces.

Heat your self $39 medium $59 large or delivered hot just add $8.00 per platter.

Chicken Bites with Garlic

Delicious golden crumbed breast chicken with cheese &garlic centre

Heat your self $39 medium $59 large or delivered hot just add $8.00 per platter.

Spicy Malaysian Rendang Meatballs

Tasty mix of lean beef and Malaysian spices which are formed into meatballs and cooked to perfection. On foil platters with dipping sauces.

Heat your self $39 medium $59 large or delivered hot just add $8.00 per platter.