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Equipment & Supplies for Do It Yourself Catering
When you cannot afford a professional caterer, here are some items you will want to make sure you have for yourself.
COFFEE: Are you equipped with all you need for coffee? The urns to make and serve, filters, the ground coffee, the half & half or milk, the sugar, the substitute sugar, the stirrers, the tea and the lemon wedges for tea? Remember it takes 1 ½ minutes per cup to perk the coffee so don't wait until dessert to start it. Consider putting someone specifically in charge of beverages.
DISHWASHER: Are you equipped with the proper dish washing elements? Sponges, dish soap, paper towels, dish towels, drying racks? Or if you are planning an outside reception, or don't want the mess, consider going with disposable items.
BUFFET: serving platters, large bowls, small condiment bowls, cutting boards, serving spoons, forks, tongs, cake plates, bread/roll basket, cookie platter, cake cutters, carving knives? Some people find it easiest to take them out and label them all beforehand. Make sure your knives are SHARP.
Miscellaneous - Meat thermometer, heavy duty garbage bags, clear garbage bags to identify linens (to not throw away by mistake!), saran wrap, foil, zip lock bags and containers for leftovers.