If you are planning to celebrate at home, consider these unique caterers who can whip up some nosh on-site.
This boutique event-styling company stands out because of its romantic vintage style. The sweet treats – macarons, tarts and cupcakes – from their cafe arm, the ever-popular Carpenter And Cook, are already dreamy on their own, but the finishing touches to the dessert display are the most beautiful we’ve seen. Their collection of vintage props and trinkets is also available for rent. From $1,000 for a small dessert table (for 40 people).
This live catering service provides sugary fun by letting guests choose toppings for their ice cream, then watch as the service crew mixes them all on the spot on a marble slab (packages start from $950). But if ‘static’ ice cream is all you want, the Basic Serve-it-yourself package (from $500) will suffice – it serves 120 people with four basins of ice cream and includes cups, spoons and napkins.
If you can’t take all your partygoers to the bar, bring the bar to the party. This mobile bar comes stocked with premium alcohol, mixers and champagne, and has bartenders to concoct bespoke cocktails – served to you by hired models. Choose from three packages, from $1,500 for 10 people to $5,000 for 45 people.
For a truly gourmet addition to any catered buffet, order the Spit Roast Baby Lamb with Mint Sauce ($750) or Roast Beef with Black Pepper Sauce ($650), cooked and carved on location by chefs in spiffy whites. Each serving is good for 50 people.
Hire a prata man to fill guests’ tummies – they can pick from 11 varieties like paper, egg, cheese, and chocolate prata. The package includes biryani, masala chicken, mutton curry, fish curry, fried lady’s fingers, pappadum, honeydew sago, lime juice and teh tarik. Minimum of $450 for 30 people, $15 for each additional person.
Add a little French flair with a mobile crepe station, where a chef will whip up made-to-order sweet and savoury crepes with toppings like chicken ham, mushrooms, Nutella and strawberries. Each person gets two crepes. Minimum of $300 for 30 people, $10 for each additional person.
Choose between a pop-up pushcart and an ice cream scoop bar – the latter gives guests the option of having ice cream in cups or cones ($3.50 each), or wedged between cookies ($5 each). You can request as many of their available ice cream flavours as you like, although they recommend a maximum of 3. Minimum order of 50 ice cream sandwiches ($250) or 70 scoops of ice cream ($245); additional $250 for rental, set-up and one-hour service.
This is an on-site barbecue service that comes with a satay man and charcoal pit set-up. It specialises in pork, chicken, mutton and beef satay, and also caterscchicken wings, sambal stingray and prawn skewers. Minimum order of 300 satay sticks and/or otah ($120).
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By Rachel Xie, Simply Her, November 2014