There's nothing like entertaining friends and family at a party or event. The laughter, the memories, the good food— it's all part of the fun.
Unfortunately, with all the hustle and bustle that comes with entertaining, it's easy to let food safety slip through the cracks and the last thing you want to worry about is food poisoning.
But by taking a few simple precautions, you can rest assured that your guests will enjoy their meal without getting sick. So how do you ensure that your party food remains clean during events?
Make sure all of your utensils and surfaces are clean before you start preparing the party food. This includes washing your hands thoroughly and sanitising any cutting boards or counters. This is especially important if you have been handling raw meat or poultry.
When it comes to food poisoning, cross-contamination is one of the biggest culprits. This occurs when bacteria from raw meat or other contaminated food items come into contact with ready-to-eat food.
To avoid cross-contamination, keep raw meat separate from other party food items, both in storage and while you're preparing meals. Use separate cutting boards for meat and produce, and don't hesitate to wash them (and your hands) in between uses.
Other than keeping food separate, be sure to cook food properly. Whole meats ought to be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 65°C, minced meats cooked to at least 70–75°C, and poultry should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 74°C.
If you don’t have time to prepare the party food, consider getting pre-packed ones such as pre-packaged popcorn or pre-packed candy floss. Convenient and hygienic, they can be kept fresh for weeks. Simply open the container and enjoy these satisfying treats when you’re ready to eat without any mess or fuss.
Or how about hiring live food station caterers? These stations offer a unique and interactive dining experience as guests can watch as their food is prepared right in front of them. They can also help to speed up service. Your party guests can place their orders and then move on to another activity while their food is being prepared.
Once cooked, serve your food promptly and don't let them sit out for too long for more than two hours.
Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. If you're serving buffet-style, make sure to keep food covered as much as possible. This will help to keep dust and other airborne contaminants from landing on the food.
Be sure to inspect your disposables for any dirt or debris before passing them to your guests. If you're serving finger foods, consider using toothpicks or small forks to help guests avoid contact with contaminated surfaces.
Do also be on the lookout for signs of spoilage such as mould or a bad odour. Any food that appears to be spoiled or has been mishandled should be thrown away immediately.
Bacteria and other contaminants thrive in warm, moist conditions, making it easy for them to multiply and contaminate the party food after more than two hours. Leftovers should be refrigerated within two hours of being served.
If there are party food leftovers, store them properly and keep them at the appropriate temperatures. Refrigerated items should be kept at 4°C or below, while frozen items should be kept at -18°C and below. Party foods that are particularly susceptible to bacterial growth, such as meat and seafood should also be wrapped tightly and stored in the freezer.
No one wants their event to be remembered for all the wrong reasons, so keeping your party food clean is essential. If you're the one hosting the event, there's also a lot of responsibility that comes with it.
By following the above five simple tips, you can make sure your next event is enjoyable–and safe–for everyone involved.
The Carnival Fair is the ultimate birthday event planning company in Singapore. We provide various party food and live food stations for hire, from sweet treats such as cotton candy, churros, and popcorn carts to classic must-haves like cup corn, hot dog buns, and chicken nuggets.
Keen to have a themed party? We also have different types of birthday party packages that take the hassle out of planning. Take a look at all the successful parties and events we have hosted or get in touch with us to find out more!
Socialite Kim Lim famously went all out to throw the ultimate birthday party bash for herself and her son called “Kandy Karnival” earlier on 24 July this year.
Born in the same month of July–Kim turned 31 years old while Kyden turned five years old – the billionaire heiress decided to combine their birthdays to host the event at The Barracks Hotel Sentosa.
Source: Kim Lim’s Instagram
Kany Karnival was attended by 250 of Kim’s and Kyden’s family, friends, and guests. Even local actors and actresses such as Zoe Tay, Aileen Tan, Hong Huifang, and Cassandra See were spotted at the event. Media influencers such as Jianhao Tan went too. And who can forget one of Kim’s best friends, Xiaxue?
Known for her regular philanthropic work, Kim had also opened Kandy Karnival to charity guests from SSO@Tampines, Boys’ Town, and North East Community Development Council, allowing the children to have a memorable time while enjoying the company of their friends.
Source: Kim Lim’s Instagram
Kim’s and Kyden’s party was famously known to have a 30-feet tall 1,000kg bouncy castle, 3,000-feet drapes, 72 rainbow doors, 10,000 toys and balloons that took ten full days of construction.
The Carnival Fair was one of the main organisers of the Kandy Karnival birthday party and provided the following attractions and entertainment:
When it comes to birthday parties in Singapore, carnival games are always a hit. Not only are they a fun and interactive way to keep guests entertained, they also promote competition and friendly rivalry among guests, adding an extra layer of excitement to the party. Carnival games included at Kany Karnival were Lobster Pot, Roll A Ball, and Giant Gachapon.
Arcade machines provide a perfect blend of nostalgia and fun, and they're sure to be a hit with guests of all ages. When choosing arcade game machines for a birthday party, it is important to consider the age and interests of the guests. For example, younger children may enjoy simpler games like Whack A Frog, Mario Kart Racing Arcade Machine, Bishi Bashi Arcade Machine, and Basketball Arcade Machine.
Even better, these machines can be easily customised to fit any party theme. Whether you're planning a '80s-themed bash or a retro-inspired celebration, incorporating some classic arcade games is sure to make your party in Singapore one to remember.
If you're looking to add an element of fun and sophistication to your next birthday party, you may want to consider having live food stations. Seeing their favourite dishes being prepared right before their eyes can make for a truly memorable dining experience. Over at Kim’s and Kyden’s birthday party, guests had enjoyed the Popcorn Live Food Station and Candy Floss Live Food Station.
Birthday parties are a time to let loose, have some fun, and feel like a kid again. No one can deny that Kany Karnival is the perfect way for both mother and son to celebrate another year in style.
Looking to plan a birthday bash like Kim’s and Kyden’s? With plenty of experience planning and hosting both large and small birthday parties and events in Singapore, The Carnival Fair can help you do so! Feel free to contact or WhatsApp us to find out more about our equipment, services, and birthday packages now!
When it comes to birthday parties, food is always an important consideration. After all, no one wants their guests to go away feeling hungry. Here is a comprehensive list of ideas for birthday party foods that are sure to please!
There are plenty of options when it comes to birthday party lunch ideas.
Finger foods are always a hit at parties. They're easy to eat for both kids and adults alike. They also don't require any utensils, which can be handy if you're short on time or space.
Finger food can also be customised to suit any theme. For example, if you're throwing a princess-themed party, you could serve small sandwiches shaped like crowns. For a pirate-themed party, mini pizzas or sandwiches wrapped in "bandanas" would be perfect.
For dinners, you can be a bit more adventurous with your menu. You may also offer a more substantial menu with entrees and side dishes.
It is always a good idea to have some dessert options on hand, as birthdays are not complete without a sweet treat or two!
Pre-packaged candy floss and pre-packed popcorn are a convenient treat for those who like to prepare their birthday snacks or favours early. Both can be stored in an airtight container and kept fresh for weeks. When ready to eat, simply open the container and enjoy. No mess, no fuss.
Whether you're looking for something refreshing, fruity, or exotic, there are plenty of birthday party drink ideas to choose from.
One of the most important considerations when planning a birthday party is the food you will serve.
A good rule of thumb is to offer a variety of options, including both sweet and savoury items. By taking the time to plan ahead, you can ensure that your birthday party is a delicious success.
If you’re serving a larger group, you may wish to consider catering or engaging live food stations to help prepare and serve the food. At The Carnival Fair, we provide various live food stations for hire, from sweet treats like popcorn and cotton candy carts to classic must-haves like hot dog buns.
As the ultimate birthday event planning company in Singapore, we also have different types of birthday party packages that take the hassle out of planning. Take a look at the successful events we hosted or contact us to find out more!
When it comes to planning birthday parties, games are an essential part of the fun. They help keep guests entertained as well as provide a chance for everyone to socialise and let their hair down.
Begin planning the party by deciding how much you're willing to spend. Starting from $200 onwards, game booths are typically more expensive, while tabletop games are more affordable, costing from $100 onwards. Stick to your budget to ensure that you keep your party costs under control.
The next most important factor to consider is the number of guests. Birthday parties are always more fun with family and friends, but sometimes it can be difficult to predict how many people will show up. It is essential to plan and confirm the number of birthday party attendees in advance. By doing this, you can ensure that there will be enough activities and games to keep both adults and children entertained. This is when game booths and tabletop games come in handy.
If you have a lot of guests, bigger is definitely better. Game booths might be the better option as they can accommodate more people at once and there's plenty of room for everyone to join in the fun. Challenge your friends to different competitive games, such as Break the Teeth or Bowling (Game Booth).
However, too many people and activity booths can make the party feel cramped and chaotic. It’s vital to ensure your space can fit both the games and guests. Sometimes, a small party with a few simple tabletop games may be more enjoyable than a large gathering.
Other than reviewing your budget and guest list, you’ll want to make sure that there's enough room for all the guests and activities when planning a party. A spacious area will allow you the flexibility to set up different zones, such as a designated area for gifts and a place for the kids to play.
Game booths are larger, usually requiring a bigger space of at least 3m x 3m x 1.5m(H) and more. If you’re throwing a birthday party in a school hall, bungalow, or wide outdoor space, we recommend going for popular game booths, such as Lobster Pot, Ping Pong Roll Down, and Balloon Dart.
Some individuals may prefer a smaller space as it is more intimate and easier to manage. As its name suggests, tabletop games can fit on a table, occupying less space, and. If you’re holding a birthday party in an apartment, Community Club (CC), or condominium clubhouse in Singapore, we recommend going for tabletop games, such as Coin Toss, Fetch, and Wild Wild West that only require a 1 x 1-metre table. Throwing a traditional-themed birthday party? Consider these uniquely Singapore tabletop games such as Five Stones, Pick Up Sticks, and Congkak.
When it comes to birthdays, the party atmosphere is everything. What better way to add some extra excitement than by renting game booths? The sheer size of the booths, bold colours, and bright lights are sure to make your birthday party in Singapore one to remember.
However, that doesn’t mean that tabletop games are not exciting for the guests. Your guests can interact with each other easily in a more casual and intimate setting over tabletop games like Feed the Monkey and Bullseye.
No one likes set-up or teardown time for parties. It's always a mad dash to get everything done before the guests arrive, and then you're left feeling exhausted at the end of the night.
Be prepared to put in a lot more effort if you’re renting game booths due to the sheer complexity and scale of the event. Individuals who prefer less hassle should rent tabletop games instead.
For those who prefer not to worry about the logistics of planning a party, consider booking one of our Birthday Packages. We offer different types of themes, from unicorn-themed to superhero-themed parties.
Planning games for a birthday party can be a lot of fun, but it's important to choose the right ones to keep everyone entertained.
At The Carnival Fair, we have many different types of party games for rental, with variations for both tabletop and game booths so no one has to miss out on the fun. For example, our milk can toss game is available in Milk Can Toss (Tabletop), Milk Can Toss (Game Booth), or even Milk Can Toss (Inflatable) style! For fans of shooting carnival games, how about choosing Shoot the Duck (Tabletop) or Shoot the Duck (Game Booth)? Also, all our equipment are sanitised before being delivered to you. Contact us at 9099 4415 and get your birthday party in Singapore started with us today!