PARTY TIPS: The Cake – Pizza Catering Sydney
“Should I have a cake ?”
The birthday cake dates back to the 17th century and was used only by the wealthy and upper classes as they were hand made by artisans using expensive ingredients. Today a cakes come in most price ranges, shapes and sizes.
Nothing says event like the cake, it sets the tone, the importance and the significance of the gathering.
Think of the cake you might use for a quick get together in the park with some of the kids from school, verses the cake you might use for a wedding or formal event.
One might be purchased off the shelf from the local supermarket and one planned weeks in advance and with a healthy cost.
WHEN SHOULD I CUT THE CAKE?
We love our job catering at special events and parties, so we get to see lots of different ways the cake ceremony is done. So should it be in the Beginning the Middle or the End of the party?
We like to think of a party as 3 stages.
the first 45 min from when guests are invited – because everyone has different ideas about whether or not to arrive ‘fashionably’ late, e.g. party starts at 6.30pm, but won’t really start until most people arrive at 7.15pm
When guests arrive they will get comfortable – where is the bar, will there be snacks, will there be food, who is invited to this thing, how many people will I know ? This stage quickly settles down quickly, once a guest finds a familiar face and maybe a drink
STAGE 2: Party time
Say….7.15 guests arrived to about 9.15 – 9.30pm maybe 10pm
Guests have arrived and settled in, everyone knows were to get a drink, they know if there will be food or just snacks, and mostly guests will have ‘found a friend’
The music should be on in the back ground setting a mood, and slowly the chatter will get louder and louder as everyone becomes relaxed and comfortable and generally louder.
This is a good time to move around the snacks or the food.
Friendships are made, stories are told, old relationships rekindled.
By around 9.15 – 9.30pm guests with kids, and the older guests will be looking for the door.
Before anyone leaves the premises…..cut the music gather the crowd and get the speeches underway.
After the speeches time for the cake, with or without candles,
Cut the cake and either leave for self service or a nicer way is to pass slices around on either plates or napkins
The formal part of the event is now complete and those that need to leave can leave knowing that they didn’t miss anything important
STAGE 3: Time for Cake
Time to turn up the music, clear some space, turn down or off some of the lights and “Let the Party Begin”
I hope some of these tips will help with your party planning