If you are hosting a party or event of any kind, you will need to think about what catering option you are going to go with to make sure every one of your guests is adequately fed. Because you are serving a large number of people (more than your average dinner party), you will need to try and find an option that is satisfactory for as many of your guests as possible.
Let’s take a look at 3 things you need to consider when choosing a catering option for your party.
1. Food allergies and dietary restrictions
The most important consideration when organising any form of catering is whether or not there are dietary restrictions or allergies that you need to account for amongst your guests. For example, you may have several Muslim or Jewish guests who can’t eat pork, or you may have guests who have allergies to specific food like peanuts.
Of course, it’s extremely important that you account for these dietary restrictions and/or allergies so that you don’t put anyone’s heath or lifestyle choices in jeopardy. The last thing you would want to deal with is a lawsuit from someone who had an allergic reaction at your event because you failed to cater for or warn them.
2. What’s the vibe going to be like?
The type of party you are throwing should have a lot of influence on what kind of catering option you decide to invest in. If you are hosting a formal, classical style wedding reception then you would go with a catering option that was more elegant and serving appetizers rather than a big, smoky barbeque grill.
If you are hosting a Spanish fiesta themed party, then paella catering is the perfect option as the dish comes in large pans perfect for sharing. These kind of catering options also come with the novelty of how they are prepared (cooked live in front of guests) which can add a visual spectacle to your event that your guests won’t soon forget.
3. What’s your budget?
Catering can easily add up to be one of the most expensive parts of any event next to the venue hire and entertainment. Do yourself a favour and make sure you look for something’s that’s good value for money, especially if you have a lot of mouths to feed.
Take a look at other parties to get a sense of what type of catering they supplied vs the number of guests they had. Try and get a sense for your crowd and what they are going to expect as a bare minimum so that you can make sure it’s included.
There you have it, 4 important considerations to think about when you’re organising catering for your next event. It’s essential that you follow the above tips in order to ensure that you don’t endanger anyone and that your event is a success people are going to be talking about for weeks, perhaps years or even decades to come!