Hosting large events can be challenging. From dietary restrictions to seating arrangements, there’s a lot to think about. In the guide below, we’ll help you plan ahead by going over some key decisions to make before getting catering for 50 people (or more). Buffet or Plated Meals? For groups this big, picking an appropriate way to present your food should be top of mind. Buffets are usually fine, and they’re also cheaper - but formal event guests will expect sit-down service. There are exceptions to this rule. You can host a black tie event with a hors d’oeuvres buffet, for example. What matters is that main meals at formal events have to be served seated. Other Considerations When hosting a buffet, choose stations and plates that are easy to refill. This way, popular dishes won’t run out in the middle of a party. Consider talking to a caterer to see which options tend to run out first, or ask your guests for their preferences. If planning a seated dinner, be mindful of everyone’s allergies and restrictions. Otherwise, you may not have enough suitable meals on the day of the event. Choosing a Caterer A quality provider will have experience serving parties of 50+ people; offer a menu with both cheap and fancy dishes; recommend optimal seating arrangements and popular food options. --- In summary: When hosting formal events, lean towards plated meals. Be mindful of guests’ dietary preferences. Choose providers experienced with large parties. Look for menus that have a combination of cheap and expensive options. To get a free consultation and learn about our terms of service, visit catery.co.uk.