5 Tips to Plan a Successful Catered Event
Planning a catered event can be a daunting task, but with the right guidelines and some expert help you can accomplish your task without stress.
Following some simple ideas, such as making a headcount or thinking ahead to avoid some potential obstacles, will go a long way toward making your event a resounding success.
Make Sure You Understand your Guests
Before you take on other aspects of your catering event, ask yourself some questions to make sure you understand your guests and even the event itself. Is the event formal or informal? What are your guests’ culinary preferences and points of reference? If you have a good grasp of the character of the event and a good understanding of your guests, the other stages of your plan will be easier to execute.
Make a Headcount
The second step is to estimate how many people will attend the event. As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to err on the side of caution and overestimate your headcount to allow for last minute additions to the attendee list.
Once you have determined the approximate number of guests, you can start considering other details to ensure that attendees will be seated appropriately and comfortably. Try to avoid setting up too many guests at the tables, so as to make them feel more relaxed and less constricted by space.
Set a Budget
The budget is another of the basic aspects to consider when planning a catered event. Make sure all the parties involved understand what should be included, and don’t forget to account for items such as linens or table centerpieces.
Select a Menu
Now that you understand your guests and have a budget, it’s time to select a menu. Of course, the range of your choices will vary depend on the type of event you are planning (i.e., breakfast, lunch or dinner), but an expert caterer can offer appropriate suggestions for each case.
When planning your menu, try to gain knowledge about any dietary restrictions your guests may have. Special considerations may include food allergies, religious requirements or dietary choices such as vegetarianism.
Hire an Expert Caterer
The caterer you hire can be a key component in the success of your event. To find a dependable caterer ask some relevant questions, as you did at the beginning of the planning process. How long have they been in business? Where do they operate from? Do they have references? The answers to these questions will help you make the right choice.
At Creative Ideas Catering we believe that our customers’ needs are of the outmost importance. We’ll be delighted to assist you every step of the way in the planning of your catered event, since our team has the experience and the drive to meet and exceed your expectations time after time.