Last week we catered a special event fund raising party featuring casino games, silent auction tables, a special guests and some great food and beverage. Since the purpose of the event was to raise money, providing casino games as part of the cocktail party like setting was a great way to entertain the guests and keep them there.
Since this was an evening event, a dinner buffet was also provided featuring some donated pasta dishes that we complimented with Parmesan crusted chicken tenders and:here. And because casino games were brought in, the appetizer catering menu needs to be designed with the games in mind so people can grab a bite to eat while still playing a game without getting messy or requiring eating utensils.
Fresh Mozzarella and Cherry Tomatoes drizzled with our seasoned marinade and fresh basil
A delicate phyllo triangle filled with spinach, feta & cream cheese and a touch of garlic
Black olives, marinated artichoke hearts and button mushrooms surround pepperoncinis, provolone cheese, prosciutto ham and salami
The Passed Appetizers included
Rosemary Cheese Straws
Puff pastry straws garnished with Parmesan cheese and a hint of rosemary
Marinated Shrimp served with Creamy Tequila Lime Sauce
Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
Fresh Strawberry, Hawaiian Gold Pineapple chunk skewered with cubes of Muenster and Gouda Cheeses
Several bars were set up throughout the room to make it easier to serve guests as they moved around the room. Two of the bars offered beer and wine, the third served two signature drinks and all were staffed with professional bartenders.
If you're planning a special event with casino games,
here are some party planing tips:
Passing one to two bite appetizers allows the guests to eat, chat, play some games and shop the silent auction without having to carry a beverage and a large plate and fork around. If both hands are full, there's little chance people will play any games or participate in the silent auction. A simple pop-in-the-mouth bite to eat while mingling works well for this type of catered affair.
The size of the crowd and any other buffet you may be offering will determine how many wait staff you'll need for appetizer passing. Your caterer can help you determine the appropriate number of wait staff you'll need. If the entire meal is going to be made up of appetizers, then you'll more than likely need more people as you will have more things to pass. More on appetizers as a meal
Setting up beverages and bar stations throughout the room and as near to the silent auction and gaming tables as possible allows your guests to easily get a drink but more importantly to participate in the silent auction - the very purpose of the event.