There’s nothing better than throwing a wonderful party sans hiccups, but that rarely happens. For many people looking to throw a party, there are lots of tips online for party newbies. Here are just a few of those tips on how to work with a caterer to throw a great one.
First off, you’ll want to ask these questions to help determine what type of party you are looking to have.
- What type of event are you planning? Birthday party? Wedding? Engagement party?
- How many guests have you invited?
- How long are you planning the event to be?
Type of Food
Next, you’ll want to determine what types of food you’ll want to serve at your event. If you decide on a cocktail party, you’ll want to make sure and have either an open bar or signature cocktails for everyone, along with small hors d’oeuvres. If you also want to serve dinner, you’ll want to make sure that you have enough time to serve small bites and cocktails beforehand and then have time for a full dinner.
If you are looking to serve lunch, you’ll want to determine what type of lunch to serve. If you want a business lunch to impress your attendees, you may want a sit down meal, but if you want something more casual, you’ll want to try box lunches or sandwiches. For a wedding, you’ll want to decide between a buffet, hors d’oeuvres, or a sit down dinner. For all of these types of events, you’ll also want to make sure that the type of food fits with the event. Buffets are typically easier for some events, while sit-down dinners may be easier for other events.
After you determine the type of event, you’ll want to determine the numbers you expect at your event. If you are organizing a business event or a meeting at work, you should expect most that are invited to attend. If you are planning a wedding, you’ll want to expect about 66% to 75% of people to come. With that, you can generally predict how many people will come so that you can give your caterer a correct number.
Finding a Caterer
After you determine these simple facts of your event, you’ll want to move on to finding a caterer. Here are just a few of the questions you’ll want to ask your caterer.
- How will you run the event?
- What are the types of services you offer?
- How many people do you typically serve for an event?
- What’s a cost estimate for this type of event?
- Do you have any testimonials I can read?
After determining all of these things, you’ll have the start for a great party. Working with a wonderful caterer will make all of the difference, so be sure to contact Art of Food for any catering event.