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Event Catering Ideas For Self Catered Events

Jul 13, 2008
No matter how organized you may be, hosting an event is not only challenging but can also by overwhelming. One of the biggest challenges is food - do you hire a caterer or provide it yourself? If you choose to supply the food you have to plan which types of food to serve, how much needs to be purchased, asking for assistance with the preparation and cooking, and coordinate the serving of the food. But don't think hiring a caterer is the easy way out. While they might have a few catering ideas, they will expect you to make all of the decisions and coordinate the activities.

Organization is key to any project but particularly when planning a party or event. Always consider your guest list first so you can plan appropriate space for the group. Choose your menu based on the specifics of the event. The style of the event will dictate the menu in many cases. For example, a sit down meal would be more appropriate for a wedding but a casual barbeque may be just as successful for a graduation or anniversary party.

Regardless of what kind of affair it is, you will need to have the right embellishments, serving apparatus, china, stemware and other items like napkins, candles, floral arrangements, etc. If you are using a caterer, they will undoubtedly handle most of the arrangements for you. But if you are doing the work yourself then you will most likely need to find a local party store and determine what items you can rent for your event - dont be afraid to ask them for their own catering ideas as far as supplies go.

If you have decided to try and set up yourself, or hire a caterer, then plan far ahead of time. Sometimes the better catering services expect you to book their services a year or more in advance, so the sooner the better. Even if you're planning on doing your own catering, you probably will want to consider asking some friends or family to help out. To be polite, you should ask them for their help in advance too.

A timetable is invaluable when planning a catering event . It is a good idea to get a calendar and start your planning a month in advance , such things as sending invitations should be the first on your list . Buying the food for the dishes you can prepare and freeze as far in advance is also a good idea . A daily task list is also a good move as the event approaches there will be more and more tasks to be accomplished .

The preparation for a large event can be demanding, but being well-organized and methodical can help things run smoothly and ensure that the affair will be a big hit. Keep these catering ideas in mind and you're sure to succeed!
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