Planning an office party but don’t know what sort of catering should you pick? Specifically for corporate events, everything from seating to food needs thorough planning. Our guide below covers some key decisions that need to be made with office catering. Plan in Advance If you want to pull off a fun yet organized office party, there are numerous things you’ll need to take into account. First of all, stay on top of the estimated headcount and don’t forget to give regular updates to your caterer as the event gets closer. As a general rule, it’s always better to overestimate in case you have last-minute attendees. Make sure budget specifications are set in advance so that the catering service can create a list of dishes within this range. Don’t forget that costs will include serving plates, silverware, table clothes, and more (unless you choose to opt for disposable serving tools). Get the employees involved in the planning, too. When you send out the invite, asking everyone to indicate whether they have any food preferences or not. That can make the process of putting together menu items easier, and you will become aware of any allergies or dietary restrictions at hand. Buffet or Multi-Course Meal? Picking the catering style for an office party depends on what you want the format to be. If your goal is to get people to communicate with one another as they’re eating, a buffet lunch is the ideal option. It will also help you save money on waitstaff and seating arrangements. If, however, you are hosting a formal event in the evening - popular with offices within the London area - choose a set dinner menu. These usually include a handful of appetizers, soup or salad, main course and 2-3 side dishes. Don’t forget dessert - it’ll save you money and cutting hassle; choose sweets that are perfectly sized per person, such as muffins or cookies. Main points: Opt for fun, buffet-style catering for a casual event. For formal corporate dinners, select a multi-course menu consisting of appetizers, a main and dessert. Plan ahead - make sure you know everyone’s food preferences and attendance status before discussing the event with a caterer. Request a consultation with us on catery.co.uk; we would love to discuss our terms of service with you.