Party Planning 101: 3 Handy Tips For Working With A Catering Service

What is one thing that most parties and events have in common? Food. While you may be a fantastic cook, you probably don't want to spend the entirety of your event stuck in the kitchen. Luckily, you don't have to. You can hire a professional catering service to do all the hard work for you.

However, you'll need to communicate and work with the caterer to ensure your event goes smoothly. This might sound simple, but there is much more to it than simply picking the menu. So what should you know about working with a catering service? Here are three helpful tips:

1. There Are Different Dining Options

When it comes to catering, there are many different dining options available. The three most common options are: seated, buffet, and appetizers only. The type of "format" you choose will largely depend on your budget and event. For example, if you are on a strict budget a seated dining option is a good choice. This is because with the seated option, the caterer knows exactly how much food will be needed. Buffet and appetizer options are great for more casual events, but they are more expensive as there is essentially no limit to how much food is served.

2. You Can Taste The Menu

If you are like most people, you probably don't think that you can actually sample the menu beforehand. However, most catering services will allow you to taste the menu before the actual event. This is very handy, as it allows you to make last minute changes should you not like something. So if the catering service doesn't offer a tasting menu, ask for one.

3. Be Open To Menu Changes

Finally, don't get hung up on having the perfect menu. If the caterer suggests that you change something on the menu, don't discount the advice. The catering service is experienced, so they'll have a good reason for suggesting menu changes. Some foods might sound like a good idea, but wind up being difficult. Ice cream, complex dishes, and other menu items might just be too difficult to serve in a quick manner. So keep an open mind and seriously consider any menu suggestions or changes that the caterer gives you.

An event catering service is a fantastic way to enjoy your event, while ensuring that everyone gets fed. So if you are planning on hosting an event or party, keep these tips in mind.