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Are you Hosting a Communion Party?

The month of May is traditionally the time when young boys and girls make their First Holy Communion and it is a time for celebration and family. An increasingly popular way to mark the occasion is to hold a Communion Party.

The idea of the Communion Party became prevalent during the Celtic Tiger but it is a trend which has remained. There is increasingly a lot of pressure on parents to entertain visiting relatives and costs can easily add up.

If you wish to go down this route, you have two options; host a party in your own home/rented location, or head to a restaurant for a family meal.

For parties in the home, your best option is to hire a caterer to look after the food. Parents might underestimate how busy they will be in the lead up to the special day and the last thing they need is the stress of making countless dishes.

Find a caterer to suit your needs and tastes. Confirm exact numbers with relatives and keep the caterer informed about the party size.  Choose a simple menu with popular choices that everyone will enjoy. If you get the caterer to cover the main dishes, you can easily bulk it up with a few home prepared salads and bread rolls.

Alternatively, if your guests are close friends and relatives, consider asking them to help out by bringing a dish. A couple of lasagnes and pasta salads can act as staples and you can add shop bought sliced meats, vegetables and deli coleslaws etc. Kids will be just as happy with the party reliable of cocktail sausages, wedges and chicken tenders.

If it is not possible or practical to host guests in your home, liaise with your local hotel or restaurants to pick a cost friendly option. Most places will be glad of the business and offer to create set menus etc.

If the weather permits and you are inviting many children, a bouncy castle is always a welcome addition to a party. Similarly, if your gathering is small, an outdoor bbq is manageable.

Have a couple of tricks up your sleeves to occupy your child and their friends/cousins/siblings such as DVDs, Wii games or similar, Karaoke machines, a piñata or  a trampoline.

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