If you're planning a large event with lots of guests and you've decided to have it catered, it can certainly help to alleviate some of the stress. On the other hand, when you let the catering company do all the work in food preparation and planning, you may feel a little bit out of the loop. Here are a few ways you can make the most out of your next catered event so that you can relax and have a great time while still maintaining some control.
Taste The Food
Before your guests arrive, try a small sample of everything you've had the caterers make. If the steak isn't done properly or the appetizers seem to be too salty, now is your chance to try and get it corrected. Just take a little piece of every single thing on the buffet and check to make sure that it's prepared the way you envisioned. If not, let your caterer know immediately so they can take steps to fix it before everyone shows up. You'll also feel more confident about what you're serving to your guests after you get confirmation that everything tastes delicious.
Get The Facts
Before you decide which catering service you want to hire, make sure you get all of the information you need regarding what services they provide. Some companies will include setup, plates and utensils, while others will just cook and transport the food to your event location. A full-service catering company will not only craft amazing food, but they'll also be there to set up, serve, and even clean up afterward. While full-service options can cost more, it's definitely worth the added price if you want to be able to sit back and relax with your guests. If budget is not an issue, a full-service caterer is highly recommended so all you need to worry about is having a good time.
Be Clear About What You Want
In order to have an enjoyable time at your next catered event, it's important that everything goes as planned. This applies to the catering service you choose just like it would the disc jockey or decorators. Let the catering company know exactly what time they need to arrive, how many guests will be attending, and even what types of plates and silverware you'd like to use. The more details you can give them, the better your presentation of food will be and the more you will be able to enjoy the event worry-free. Meet with your caterer a week or two before the big event so you can hash out anything you feel may have been left out so that you can serve everyone delicious food with confidence -- and have a memorable time yourself, too.