Catering Project

  • Let’s Party!


    Brief Description:

    Have you ever been invited to a party and wonder how much the host spent on the party? In this project, you will be applying mathematical standards to discover how you can plan and budget for a birthday party, while working within a fixed budget.



    Your catering company is bidding on a job to plan a birthday party for a 13-year old.  Given a budget of $400, you will submit a party proposal for 30 guests that include a budget spreadsheet, written description of party and events, menu, map of room, and an oral presentation.


    Common Core Standards:

    6NSApply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions.

    • Interpret and compute quotients of fractions, and solve word problems involving division of fractions by fractions, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem

    Compute fluently with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples.

    • 3. Fluently add, subtract, multiply, and divide multi-digit decimals using the standard algorithm for each operation.

    • 4. Find the greatest common factor of two whole numbers less than or equal to 100 and the least common multiple of two whole numbers less than or equal to 12.

    6RP Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.

    • 1. Understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities.

    • 2. Understand the concept of a unit rate a/b associated with a ratio a:b with b ? 0, and use rate language in the context of a ratio relationship. For example, “This recipe has a ratio of 3 cups of flour to 4 cups of sugar, so there is 3/4 cup of flour for each cup of sugar.”

    • 3b. Solve unit rate problems including those involving unit pricing and constant speed. For example, if it took 7 hours to mow 4 lawns, then at that rate, how many lawns could be mowed in 35 hours? At what rate were lawns being mowed?

      • c. Find a percent of a quantity as a rate per 100 (e.g., 30% of a quantity means 30/100 times the quantity); solve problems involving finding the whole, given a part and the percent.

      • d. Use ratio reasoning to convert measurement units; manipulate and transform units appropriately when multiplying or dividing quantities.


    National Educational Technology Standards (NETS):

    • 1. Creativity and Innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

    • 2. Communication and Collaboration: Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

    • 3. Research and Information Fluency: Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information

    • 4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making: Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

    • 6. Technology Operations and Concepts: Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.


    • Convert between fractions, decimals, and percents.              

    • Analyze and solve real-world problems with whole numbers.             

    • Analyze and solve real-world problems with decimals.             

    • Analyze and solve real-world problems with fractions.               

    • Analyze and solve real-world problems with percent.             

    • Create scale drawing using scale factor.            

    • Use advance features and utilities of spreadsheet software to perform calculations and create graphs. (Microsoft Excel)


    Time Required:

    • Project will take 3-4 weeks from introduction to presentations. If necessary, time will be adjusted.


    Materials Required:

    • chromebook with Web Browser

    • Graph Paper

    • Drawing tools: Rulers, pencils

    • Google Spreadsheet

    • Calculator

    • Google Drive account and email

    • Presentation materials (depending on your team decisions)

    • Group Responsibilities:

      • Team Contract

      • Party Proposal Rubric

      • Budget Spreadsheet

      • Presentation Rubric

      • Scale drawing


    • Individual Responsibilities:

      • Recipe Activity

      • Journal Prompts

      • Math Journal Rubric

      • Peer Collaboration Rubric

      • Student Reflection Evaluation

    • Procedure:

    1. The class will be divided into teams (3 students per group). You will be provided with a Party Requirements handout with requirements.

    2. Decide on a name for your catering company and plan the party based on a theme of your choice. 

    3. Write a Team Contract. Divide group tasks among the team members.

    4. Research expenses for the party. I have provided a list of websites to assist you in finding the prices of party supplies, food, entertainment, activities, favors, and miscellaneous expenses. Record all findings.

    5. Calculate the expenses for decorations, food, entertainment, consumables, miscellaneous, as well as, the money that was not used. Use the Budget Spreadsheet on Google Sheets to assist you with the calculations. (Google docs)

    6. Find the percent of each category in the budget (with your group) and create a paper-pencil circle graph. Create a computer-generated circle graph using Google Sheets

    7. Complete the Recipe Activity. (Individually)

    8. Use Microsoft Word to write description of Party Proposal and recipes. (Google docs)

    9. Create a scale drawing of the room using graph paper.  Include food tables, guest tables and chairs, gift table, activity areas, etc.  Note: create a map key or label pictures on map.  Also use the scale 1 cm = 1 foot.

    10. Create a presentation for your party proposal. Your team may select any presentation style to best sell the party ideas.  

    11. Share your presentation with the class. Show your scale drawing, circle graph, and explain your party proposal.

    12. Complete Peer Evaluation. Each team member will evaluate the other member’s contributions.

    13. Submit Final presentation materials to Google Classroom.

    14. After all presentations, teacher will announce which team won the bid.


    • Notes to keep in mind:

    • Teams will keep all work (i.e. project requirements, contracts, checklists, documentation) until due date.

    • You will respond to a variety of Journal Prompts. (will be graded)

    • A Group Observation Checklist will be used to check teams progress.

    • I will complete a Teacher Reflection Evaluation, which will allow reflection on the entire project and note areas to improve.

    • Mini-lessons will be available to students who need additional assistance. 


    • Evaluation:

      Students will be graded on:

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