Some folks think catering is only for expensive dinner parties and special events. While there is some truth to this statement, it doesn’t have to be the case. As catering costs have decreased substantially over the past few years, almost any party or event can be catered.

Your Private Party

Simply said, catering is a tradeoff between your time and money. You can spend a lot of time planning, shopping and then cooking or you can call upon a catering company to do anything from total event planning to food catering for you.

Think about this point for a minute. If you have ever thrown a party, you already know how exhausting it can be. While you may have thrown a great get together, you most likely didn’t get to enjoy much of it if you handled all food and drinks yourself. Hiring a professional lets you offer your guests good food and the unlimited pleasure of your company.

Business Catering

Catering for the office is popular. And for good reason. How many companies have the facilities to cater their own food? Very few. And besides, in most cases, time spent on the task or in the meeting is far more important than the cost incurred for a catered breakfast or lunch.

If you’re on a tight budget you can save a few buck by picking up your order on the way in to work or order nearby for low delivery costs. If the catering company charges for extras like cups, disposable plates, and napkins, you may consider getting your own.

Saying that, there really isn’t any way around catering a corporate event. I can just see the office staff trying to prepare a BBQ cookoff, or a gourmet meal for hundreds of their colleagues. This is just unrealistic. The best advice I can offer for this situation is, get three catering quotes and compare them. You’ll soon understand which catering service is offering you the best catering.

Wedding Reception Catering

Your special day is coming soon and you want everything to be just right, including the food. But your nervous about the cost of the catering because, we all know, food is the largest expense for a wedding besides the honeymoon.

There are many ways to cut costs for your wedding without making it look cheap. The highest infrastructure expense for any caterer are the chefs and staff. Limit the serving staff or get rid of them entirely and you can save a lot of money. How?

Having a buffet instead of full service catering instantly makes your wedding reception less expensive. Consider taking it a step farther and see if your brother, sister, teenage niece, nephew, or cousin will take on the task of serving food or keeping it looking clean. This really cut expenses.

One Last Word Of Advice

Having catered a lot of parties, events, companies, and private parties, the the biggest misperception about catering lies in price. If you are looking for catering service that can cater your event within a reasonable budget, they exist. Like I said beforehand, ask several different catering companies to give you a quote and you will have a better idea.

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