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How to Plan a Catered Graduation Party

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! This is a momentous occasion and a great opportunity to celebrate with your family and friends. Planning a graduation party can be challenging, especially if you want to have it outside in Michigan. Here are some helpful hints to make your party a success and memorable.

Potential Challenges and Remedies:

What happens if it rains at my graduation party? The weather is the most significant challenge when planning an outdoor graduation party. Michigan's weather can be unpredictable, so it's essential to have a backup plan in case of rain or extreme heat. You can rent a tent or canopy to protect your guests from the elements. A backup indoor location is also a good idea. The great news is Crank's Catering is prepared for anything!

How much catering should I order for graduation party? You want to order accurately for your count. An open house style event you have guests coming and going while some don't eat, some will be at your graduation party long enough to eat twice.

I don't have room at my house for a graduation party: You have more room than your probably think at your house! You can consider having a tent set up in your front yard, back yard, and even the driveway. If you can fit 6 - 60 in round tables you can seat 60 people. The nice thing is there is not a set dining time at graduation parties. That is why we call them "Open Houses"

Where should I set up my graduation catered food?

We have seen many people clean up the garages and set up their buffets there. It is out of the sun so it a little cooler. We suggest having 24 feet of table space to set up the ideal catering buffet.

Bugs! What do I do about bugs?. Mosquitoes, flies, and other insects can be a nuisance, but there are remedies to fix them. You can use citronella candles or bug spray to keep the bugs away. You can also by some fly covers on amazon! (search food, fly covers)

When it comes to menus, you have two options: barbecue or traditional buffet. A barbecue menu is perfect for a casual, outdoor party. You can serve burgers, hot dogs, and grilled chicken. It really sets the mood and the feel of Summer. A traditional buffet can be more formal and can include dishes like chicken Alfredo, baked ziti, or beef tenderloin. We say, leave it the graduate!

Graduation Party Set Up Tips: When setting up your party, make sure to provide plenty of seating for your guests. You can rent tables and chairs, or you can use picnic tables and benches. One thing worth noting if you have 100 guests you do not need a 100 chairs. Not all guests will be sitting at the same nor will they be coming at the time. 60-80 chairs would be good for a party of 100-120 guests. As I mentioned above you want 3-8ft tables to set your catered buffet on. Don't forget about the decorations! Balloons and streamers can add a festive touch to your party.

What should be for beverages? If you do not have coolers to put sodas and waters in, you can buy garbage (Less expensive) cans and fill them with ice, and when the parties over you can fill them with garbage. You can also serve a signature drink, like lemonade or iced tea. In conclusion, planning an outdoor graduation party in Michigan can be challenging, but with the right tips and tricks, it can be a success. Choosing Crank's Catering is the best choice for graduation catering because they are experienced and prepared for anything. They can provide as much or as little as you want, and they can help coach you on any challenges you may face. Contact Crank's Catering today to start planning your perfect graduation party!


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