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Should You Have Your Next Event Or Party Catered?

Are you planning an event or party and wondering whether or not you should have it catered or not? 

Here are four things to consider when deciding! 

1. What Is Your Budget? 

Whether you prepare all the food for an event yourself, or you have it catered, it will cost money. 

Most people believe that catering is more expensive rather than providing the food yourself, but that is not always the case.

After buying all the ingredients and accounting for the time it takes you to prepare it, you could easily spend more than have it catered. 

The trick is to decide which option works best with your budget and your timeline. 

Depending on the size and formality of the event, if your budget is extremely limited you could consider making the event a potluck.

A potluck is where everyone on your guest list brings a different dish or drink and you make the event buffet style. 

2. What Is The Event For?

You should take into consideration the formality and the purpose of the event. 

If you have a high-end guest list you will want the food to not only taste but look the part.

However, if you are having a smaller gathering with family a potluck or home cooked meal is probably the way to go. 

If you are planning a wedding, charitable ball, business lunch for potential clients, or a baby shower, catering could be the best way to ensure your food matches the theme of your event. 

3. What Is The Size Of Your Guest List? 

Are you feeding ten people or one hundred people?

The bigger the crowd the harder it will be to buy and prepare food for everyone. 

Realistically if your guest list gets above fifteen or twenty you should start looking into different catering options. 

4. Do You Have Previous Party Planning Experience?

Catering companies have experience providing food for and serving large numbers of people. 

They know what they will need and most likely always have extra resources in case of an emergency. 

If this is your first event to plan, you may want to hire a professional to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch. 

If you are experienced with party planning and are expecting a smaller crowd, then planning and preparing your own food may be the way to go! 

Need help planning your next event or party? 

Let us help you choose a menu that your guests and clients will love!

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