Are you hosting an event that requires a wonderful array of food? If so, you might be a little stressed out over the details. Don’t worry, that’s natural. Anyone planning a significant event, from a fundraiser to a wedding, can become anxious over ordering exactly enough food. Aside from offering quality catering service, Jo’s Cakes and Catering also has you covered with these three useful catering considerations for your next event.
Know the Exact Number of People
If you are hosting an event that requires a RSVP or response of some sort, urge your guests to follow up in a timely manner. This will provide you with a nearly exact reference for how much food to request. As a standard, try to assume that:
- Each guest will drink between 2-3 drinks
- Each guest will consume 1 entrée
- Each guest will consume between 3-5 pieces of an appetizer
Although this is a low estimate, it is always a best practice to round up when ordering food. This allows your guests to consume to their heart’s content without causing you to run out of food half way through the event. Even better, you’ll have leftovers to consume later or distribute to interested guests.
Remember, some guests tend to eat more than others and some guests will consume less than others – it’s all a matter of preference. Although you cannot possibly determine the exact amount that each individual will eat at your event, just know that it all balances out in the end.
Think about the Type of Event You’re Hosting
The type of event you are hosting will dictate the catering service you require, and can potentially save you money in the long run. For instance, let’s say that you are hosting a professional business breakfast. In comparison to a wedding or any type of event occurring at night, you won’t have to include alcohol or large meal options. Instead, you can serve coffee, juice, water, tea and other beverages along with a classic breakfast arrangement. The type of event you intend to host will help you select a menu as well. It’s common sense not to serve shrimp or even french fries at a breakfast event!
Length of Event
The length of your event, no matter the theme or type, will also influence just how much catering service and food you require. A two hour cocktail party will not require as much food and beverages as a wedding reception or conference. Essentially, the longer your event is, the more food you will have to order.
Be sure to take these catering tips into consideration when planning your next event.
Are you in need of a reliable catering service for your upcoming event? Jo’s Cakes and Catering provides superior catering services for events across Middle Tennessee. Contact us today for more information on our various catering menus, dependable service, and elite customer satisfaction reputation.