Planning a birthday party can be a lot of fun, however it can also be highly stressful if you do not have the right food and beverage services in place. Your choice of catering can set the tone for the entire party. From sit down dinners to casual hors d'oeuvres, there are many styles of service and food options to choose from.
At The Butler Pantry, chef Natasha Butler specializes in a wide range of catering styles, all of which are entirely customizable to your event requirements and personal preferences. Below we have broken down the most popular birthday party catering ideas in San Fernando Valley, CA.
Custom, multi-course menus
A sit down meal is a great option for those looking to host a formal birthday party in an elevated atmosphere. This is ideal for smaller groups looking to chat and connect in an intimate setting over some beautifully plated dishes. At The Butler Pantry, our clients are welcome to request their own custom menus, taking into account the food preferences and dietary restrictions of all guests. If you need assistance selecting your courses, we are also happy to provide a list of options.
If you would like to enjoy a sit down lunch or dinner without the formality of serving multiple courses, a family-style meal may be the best choice for your birthday party. This is a popular option for birthday parties with elderly guests who may prefer to spend the evening seated with their loved ones. At this type of catered event, guests can pass around large platters as they please, just as if you were sharing a home-cooked meal with your family. As is the case with a custom, multi-course meal, this is best achieved with a smaller group so that everyone is able to sit at the same table.
A cocktail catering style is the perfect choice for larger groups or parties where the goal is to get people on their feet, mingling with the crowd and hitting the dance floor. This way, your guests can enjoy floating between different groups and eating at their own pace as the waitstaff passes through the venue with a selection of hors d'oeuvres. This is, unsurprisingly, one of the most common catering styles for birthday parties. Another benefit of cocktail-style catering is that guests can also arrive at various times without missing out on the food.
Another casual catering style that works well for birthday parties is a buffet. This is perfect for those who would like to offer their guests a sit down meal without arranging seating and limiting opportunities for guests to mingle. This way, party-goers can help themselves to a range of dishes, and either walk around the venue or take a seat while they enjoy their meal. This also gives guests the flexibility to arrive at different times, reducing some of the stress that comes with planning a timed, multi-course lunch or dinner.
A signature cocktail is a fun addition to any birthday party catering service. Party hosts can get creative and select a cocktail recipe that reflects the guest of honor. This is a unique way to get the party going and add an unforgettable element to your event. Signature cocktails can either be served at a bar where guests can come up and ask for the drink, or they can be passed around as part of a cocktail service.
The earlier you get started on your catering plans, the better. Contact us today to find out more about the best birthday party catering ideas in San Fernando Valley, CA.