Planning events can be complicated; especially when expecting guests in large numbers. Catering services can help save time and money; below, we share some of our top tips for succeeding in both departments. Plan Ahead Catering to large groups of guests can be overwhelming. Wherever possible, minimizing the number of on-the-spot decisions that need are required during an event is never a bad idea. The same is true as far as finding out guest numbers, dietary restrictions and seating preferences in advance is concerned. Also, be careful to make sure that everything necessary is on hand ahead well in advance. Ask your service provider how many power outlets they require, whether they need a fridge for food storage, etc. Buffet Setups & Serving Stations When serving large groups, organizing plated meals can be somewhat difficult. Consider offering a single buffer - or a number of food stations. This way, guests will be able to choose the meals they want while making everything easier for you as well. The same applies to drinks. Just ask your bartender(s) to stock buffet tables with pre-mixed punch bowls, soft drinks and wine, as well as jugs of fruit juice or water - and organization will quickly become much easier. Think Flow If you want to delight everyone, plan your evening’s flow in advance. Big groups of people can be hard to serve, so you’ll help your caterer by deciding on a strategy that makes it so... Guests don’t have to wait for the dishes they want. Tight spaces don’t make people feel boxed in. The dishes on offer are compatible with all common dietary restrictions. Careful planning, an awareness of your event’s flow and prioritizing buffets over other catering types will make life easier for party hosts as well as party guests. If you’re interested in learning more about catering or our services, visit us at catery.co.uk.