When you want to host a truly special party and would like to enjoy it more yourself, hiring a caterer to handle the food is a great way to do just that. Choosing the right caterer can take a large portion of the party planning off your shoulders. You will be able to relax and mingle with guests instead of worrying if they are getting served enough food and drink. There are a few basic considerations to keep in mind when making a catering hire.
Some Basic Questions
There are a few questions you need to ask yourself before searching for a caterer. Once you've established these basics and find a caterer, they will need to know these things:
Decide on your guest list and set a budget. A caterer generally charges per head, so have a good estimate for the number of guests in mind. Pick the place where you will be hosting the party. Decide the type of foods you want served. Do you plan on serving alcohol? Most caterers will not allow you to serve your own for liability issues. You can, however, provide the alcohol for the caterer to serve. Are there any guests with special eating requirements such as vegetarians or diabetics?
There are many ways to find a caterer. It is generally a personal preference or a matter of time and resource for finding the right one for your party. Here are a few ways to find one:
Ask friends and associates for references. If you attend an event and like the catering, ask for the caterer's contact information.If you have a favorite restaurant, ask if they provide catering services. Check the local telephone listings. Search online directories. You can make enquiries in shops selling cheap party supplies. Usually, they would have tie-ups with good catering companies.
In order to establish a caterer's reputation and abilities, you will want to check references, see the work they do and verify their qualifications.
Ask for a list of references and call to inquire about the caterer's level of service.Ask to visit any upcoming events the caterer will be working.Verify that they are licensed and insured.Arrange a tasting consultation so you can sample their food.
Once you've selected a caterer, begin the planning process by accomplishing the following:
Confirm they are available the date you require. Meet with your caterer at the selected party venue so they can become familiar.Have them prepare a proposal, including samples of the proposed food. Find out what, if any, table decorations they will provide. Ask about any added costs for linens and gratuities. Confirm set-up and clean-up procedures. Establish a dress code that matches your party theme or style.
Once your catering hire is set in contract, you can plan the rest of your party. You need not worry about the food and serving. However, do call a week prior to the party to ensure that everything is in place. Then call the day before the event to make sure everything is on schedule. Come party night, you will be free to mingle, have a few laughs and enjoy your party.