An upcoming event will require serving food to the guests. That means making arrangements with a local catering company to ensure there is enough on hand for the guests to enjoy. Since there is a limited budget to work with, it pays to consider a few ways to keep the overall cost of the catering a little lower. Here are some ideas that will help depending on the nature of the event and how many people are expected to attend.
While there are exceptions, the time of day that the event will be held has a lot to do with the type of food you will serve. Generally speaking, a mid-morning event would call for providing a menu that is ideal for a brunch. That ranks as one of the most inexpensive options.
An event that takes place in the afternoon may require serving mainly appetizers, especially if things will wrap up before the dinner hour. Keep in mind that if the event will take place during the dinner hour, people generally expect a full meal. The latter will be the most expensive in terms of preparing the right type of foods and ensuring there is enough to go around.
Buffets do have the potential for being less expensive, but don’t assume that will be the case. This is especially true when the event will take place in the evening. Before working off that assumption, get some quotes for a per plate cost based on including an entree, a couple of side dishes, a bread, a dessert, and a beverage. Compare that to what it would take to stock a buffet and go with the option that is more affordable.
Is is possible the guests to serve themselves? If so, this eliminates the need for the caterer to include wait staff in the total cost for the catering. Generally, more casual events work fine by having staff who arrange the food on serving tables and make sure empty dishes are replaced with full ones as the guests come back for seconds.
Take a good look at the type of event that’s coming up and decide what sort of catering arrangement would work best. Talk with a local caterer and see what can be done to keep the expense within a certain budget. Many caterers have ideas that do eliminate some cost and still ensure everything looks and tastes great.