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Gino Spano

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Is your son or daughter’s Communion or Confirmation coming up? The spring and early summer is a busy time of year for both events. Make the day easier by catering the meal. 

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Caterers deliver quality food everyone will enjoy, leaving you to enjoy the day with your children and family.


Pick a caterer who understands the diverse needs accompanying your particular audience. Unlike a wedding or corporate function, these celebrations are all about the kids. A caterer specializing in Communion and Confirmation parties understands the additional stress placed on parents during this day, and they work to ensure a seamless transition as you head from the ceremony to the party. 

If you’re catering in your home, they’ll provide the utensils, menu, and recommendations. If you’re catering in a hall or party room, they’ll ensure the food arrives on time and they’ll handle any prep work as necessary. Whether you’re choosing between hot versus cold items or wondering how to create menu ideas that every guest will love, these caterers have the suggestions and expertise to answer all of your questions.

Book Early

Communion and Confirmation ceremonies make the spring a busy season—and that’s without any early weddings. Most of the local churches will have multiple ceremonies in a weekend from schools in the surrounding area.

There are many party ideas to help you plan a seamless day a First Communion or Confirmation. Start thinking about your menu early, taking into account the number of guests you’re feeding, what you want to serve, and when you need the food delivered. You’ll need to research different catering businesses far in advance to ensure you can book the company you want.

Design a Menu for All Taste Buds

Expect a diverse crowd of hungry guests in the afternoon. The older audience, such as the grandparents, aunts, and uncles, will likely be looking forward to a refined meal. The younger ones—your children, nieces, and nephews—likely just want simple food that tastes delicious. 

Meet both groups in the middle with a catered meal that pleases everybody. Do you have both vegetarians and carnivores on the menu? Incorporate vegetarian ideas that keep carnivores happy. 

Popular options include a mix of hot and cold dishes. Menu ideas can include veal or chicken parmesan with lasagna, with salads on the side. If you’re eating later in the day, introduce cold appetizers, such as antipasto and vegetable platters. They’re easy to prep yourself and act as a good mingling snack for everyone. 

For dessert, bring out treats, such as cake and a fruit platter, or cookies with coffee and juice. Everybody could use a sweet snack after the meal, and these options are sure to please everyone.

Set the Decorations

Work with a caterer that offers more than delicious food. See if any of the caterers include themed cutlery or napkins with the meal. If they don’t, head out to your local grocer or dollar store to pick up these items yourself.

Setting the table with coordinated plates and cutlery signify the special day, tying it all together. Regardless of whether it’s a Communion or Confirmation, you can incorporate the celebration into your entire day using items such as linens, cutlery, white tablecloths, and glassware. These small details add a sophisticated touch without going over the top.

Enjoy the Day

Once the food is served, guests are fed, and dessert has been devoured, sit back and enjoy the rest of the day. Your child only celebrates this special occasion once, and you’re no doubt proud of the person your little one is becoming. The hard part is done—now you can relax and enjoy the day.


Gino Spano

Starting with roots in a kitchen at 14 years old, he worked his way up the ranks and by the young age of 17 was responsible for daily events of 50 to 600 people. Gino continued to use his talents to work in catering, banquet and restaurant kitchens across the GTA. His love for Italian, French and Asian cuisine paired with his wide variety of knowledge brought him success in his new venture at Seventh Heaven in 2001. Over the past 12 years, he has cooked many meals for social events, corporate events and government officials. His love for new challenges brought him into corporate sales where he and the Seventh Heaven team won Best Catered Event for Canadian Linen’s “The Great White North” – Facility Grand Opening in 2009.
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