Tips on Planning the Perfect Catering for a Party

Posted on November 21, 2013


Perfect Catering for a Party

Winter is coming and along with it are several holidays and holiday parties. The most important part of any party you attend is the food. When planned correctly, the food you serve your guests will be talked about for years to come.

If you are planning out any event that needs to be catered in the coming months, here are some things to keep in mind before making your food order:

Plan For the Event

The food must coordinate with the event that you are celebrating. For example, religious holidays should serve different food than New Year’s Eve or the Super Bowl. Christmas and Chanukah should have more of a full meal, such as steak or ham (no ham for Chanukah) with potatoes, vegetables, salad and desserts. It is also good to have a wide variety of sweets, such as cookies and cakes.

Parties for New Year’s and Super Bowl are usually a bit more informal. Snack type foods are better. Stuff like pasta, chicken wings, or mozzarella sticks work great. You can also get a plethora of desserts for these parties. It’s never a bad time for cake.

Provide Options

It’s always good to have alternatives for guests in case people have allergies, are vegetarians, are trying to eat healthy, or just flat out don’t like certain foods. Having multiple entrees to choose from will eliminate these problems. Also give people options with sides, desserts, and salad dressings if possible. People will always be impressed by a wide variety of options.

Know Your Guests

It helps to know your demographic. Older people tend to stick to more traditional food, whereas younger crowds enjoy spicier foods. Many Jewish people may require food to be Kosher. As mentioned earlier, many guests may not eat meat. Also, make sure to ask your guests if they have any specific allergies such as a peanut allergy.

These next couple of things to consider if you are going to rent a venue or hall for your event:

How Will You Serve Food

Although the most important part is the food itself, presentation is pretty huge. You need to decide how your guests get their food. If you are giving your guests choice of entree, the meal should be presented in courses, such as salad, entree, and dessert. If you would like your guests to have anything, a buffet would work better.

Be Familiar With Time

If you only have a set amount of time, you need to know how long things will take so that everybody has plenty of time to eat everything. If you plan on having a cocktail hour, make sure there is plenty of time to get people seated and eating their dinner. Buffets usually take an hour, whereas plated meals generally take a little more, maybe 90 minutes.

Hopefully all of these tips will help you be better prepared to plan whatever party that you are hosting.

Author Bio:
Jude Roppatte is a professional caterer and owner of Richfield Regency, a catering and event venue located in Verona, New jersey.