Are you hosting an upcoming catered event? Hosting a catered event can be incredibly stressful, but it can also be so rewarding when your event is a success and your guests leave happy.
For some tips that can help you successfully host your next catered event, keep reading. Make sure your event is one your guests will remember by being prepared with this guide.
1. Make Sure You’re Taking Your Guests Into Consideration
When deciding what to serve at your catered event, it’s important to take your guest list into consideration as well as what kind of event you’re having. The menu offerings for a business event will likely be quite different from the food you serve at a small family gathering. You want your food offerings to stand out while also making sure you have food options everyone can enjoy.
If you’re hosting a business event, it’s important to remember that many business professionals travel and attend networking events. Many of these events offer the same food which can be easy to get sick of. You should also make sure that your food offerings match the formality of the event.
2. Offer Alternative Options
Offering alternative menu options is a great way to make sure everyone can find something they can eat at your event. Think about the dietary restrictions of your guest and offer various appetizers, entrees, or buffet options to meet your guest’s needs. For example, you should make sure your food can be eaten by both meat lovers and vegetarians.
You should also offer healthy options for your health-conscious guests. When possible, make sure that condiments are separated from your food items so that you can meet your guest’s preferences. You should also offer multiple condiment options, such as salad dressings, to make sure your guests can customize their food to their preference.
Find out if any of your guests have dietary needs that you will need to make your caterer aware of such as food allergy or intolerance. Consider both religious requirements when it comes to your guest’s diets as well as voluntary diet restrictions such as veganism.
3. Be Conscious of the Seating Arrangements
Your food isn’t the only thing your guests will enjoy during your event. To make sure everyone is enjoying their meal with great company, you should ensure that your guests are seated appropriately. You want to make sure seating is arranged in a way that will be comfortable for your guests while also allowing for a clear flow of traffic.
You should also make sure that your seating is arranged in the best way for your event objective. When in doubt, order more folding chairs for your event than your guest count. This will allow you to arrange seating in areas where your guests can socialize away from their table as well.
Tips for Hosting Your Next Catered Event
When hosting a catered event, the enjoyment of your guests is the top priority. Make sure you allow your guests to enjoy delicious food and great company at your next event with these helpful tips.
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