My granddaughter's 5th birthday is barely a month away and we are faced with two options regarding food preparation. Should we prepare the food or shall we have it catered? We have already identified the kind of food that would mostly likely be eaten by kids her own age. If we prepare the food ourselves, cook them home and prepare them in individual containers, we know that we could have more with a small budget. However, there is going to be a lot of work involved from the cooking to the placing of the food in styrofoams. We know the hassles of doing all these. If we have it catered, we'll be paying more for less food but the headache and hassle will be removed from our turf. We will be able to enjoy the party more and attend to other details of the kids' party which we have decided to hold in their school. Family members and friends will have their own celebration in the evening at some fancy restaurant I hope. My granddaughter's 4th birthday was big and we've spent quite a fortune for that occasion so this year we want to make it as simple as possible.