If you're not so sure, no worries: we're doing a Food Safety 101 course the rest of this week to keep you and your guests happy and healthy.
First up: how long can you leave food at room temperature?
Leaving Food at Room Temperature: Four Hours
Four hours is a good rule of thumb for most buffet foods. After four hours, the potential for you to get sick from eating food left at room temperature increases drastically. If you're throwing a party and afraid you might forget, try setting a timer to remind yourself when four hours is up.
Ice cream and other frozen foods are of course another story - try putting those back in a little sooner!
And we cannot dispense medical advice - take these as rules of thumb and read up on food safety along with us.
More Food Safety 101
• How to Defrost Frozen Meat
This is by Emma, who is up for one of our new writer positions. Welcome Emma!
(Image credit: Skippy's Catering)