Getting help for small parties can seem counterintuitive. Still, if freeing yourself up and joining in the fun on the day of an event is important, delegating the important tasks of serving guests and cooking food is helpful - and often cheap. Below, we share tips that will help delight other people with catered food. More Isn’t Always Better Expensive, fancy providers shouldn’t necessarily be your number one choice. Conversely, cheap catering isn’t necessarily bad. Look beyond prices if you want to find an optimal provider for a small group of guests. The same is true of portions. Unless you have something you can do with leftovers, be wary of ordering too much of identical or similar dishes for a party. In case you’re worried about running out, add new, inexpensive options in lieu of extra servings - or consider side dishes. Planning Ahead Predicting the exact dishes and drinks people will want, as well as their amounts, can be difficult. As a rule, consult your caterer to make sure there’s more than enough for all guests - but be prepared for surprises at the party. --- As an extra tip, remember that any specific dishes you pick aren’t just meant for you. Guests appreciate the thoughtfulness, and few things say “thoughtful” like hosts who plan carefully.