Catering at your event – Food ideas to wow your guests
Serving food at an event can have a massive effect on the mood of your guests,
particularly if it’s a corporate event where people aren’t necessarily keen on coming along
for the social or entertainment aspects. If you’re planning an event where people will be for
more than a couple of hours you’ll probably be expected to feed them, so here we’ll take a
look at some important things to consider.
The time and venue of your event will both help you to decide what kind of food to offer your guests. You could serve a casual buffet during the day, whereas at an evening event you might be expected to provide something more substantial. Think about your venue
layout too – if there’s not enough space for everyone to sit down and eat you’ll need to adjust
your catering, it’s not possible to stand up and eat with a knife and fork! If you do plan an
extravagant evening meal you’re best off telling your guests this on their invitations so they
know what to expect.
Another important reason for clarifying the menu on the invitations is to give your guests the chance to inform you of any allergies, intolerances, or dietary requirements. It’s common now to provide a vegetarian alternative automatically, but other less common requirements should be requested in advance. Also, make sure you have options available for toddlers and younger guests who might not like the main menu.
The final thing to plan is the food itself, consider fancy canapés that will become a talking point while your guests mingle before the main event. Whether it’s a sit-down meal or a
buffet you can have a theme that connects all the different options on offer and also ties into the season. Providing a specially selected wine to accompany the meal is an extravagant touch that will go the extra mile to impress your guests.
Whatever your event and whatever your budget it’s possible to offer food that will be the
finishing touch on an amazing event.