Have you ever been so frustrated that you have just wanted to yell and scream when planning for a large party or event? It can be so stressful that you just want to pull out your hair. Whether the event is a wedding, cocktail party, business function, or bridal shower it seems that there is so much to do and it is never-ending. Probably the most stressful part of planning a large scale event is the food. Let catering companies oversee the food preparation so you can focus on the important stuff: having fun! Follow these 4 tips to ensure your party is a complete success.
Taste the Food Beforehand
Make sure that you choose a caterer who will allow you to sample the food beforehand. The last thing you want is food that you do not particularly enjoy being served at your party. Show up at your appointment hungry! You’ll want to taste all of the delicious options that will be available for you to choose. It is not necessary to eat everything that is put in front of you. Most catering companies will box up the leftovers for you to take home.
Your caterer will do much more than just prepare your menu. They will help coordinate the timeline of your event as well as provide linens, table rentals, and much more. There are a list of questions you may want to ask your caterer depending on what you want at your event. These are helpful questions to ask your caterer beforehand:
- Does the catering company have a liquor license? (if alcohol is going to be served)
This is important because it is against the law to serve alcohol without a license
- Does the catering company have a business license?
This is necessary because this means the caterer has the necessary licenses and permits to handle food and operate a business.
- What is the average price range and are packages available?
This is important to ask because many times the packages will offer more options and value than purchasing food by the item.
By getting price quotes from different companies, you will be able to determine your budget. Getting a quote from a caterer does not mean you have to choose them as your final caterer. It is important to meet with the caterer beforehand to discuss your goals for you event to see if they are a good fit. It is important to get quotes to compare and have an initial consultation to decide if the caterer can help you throw the party of the year.
Knowing How Much Food is Enough
Depending on the meal you are having catered will determine exactly how much food you need. If you have having appetizers, a few choices are necessary. However, if you are planning a dinner you usually need to plan on appetizers, soups and salads, main course with 2 sides, beverage and dessert options. It is important to have enough food, but you do not want to waste money either.