Vegetarian options have become more popular even when catering for large, fancy banquets. Not only are they more budget-friendly, but chances all your guests will be able to eat all the food regardless of their dietary restrictions. In the guide below, we will walk you through food options for vegetarian meals; how to budget; and more. Dish Ideas Hosting a vegetarian event does not mean you need to limit yourself in terms of menu variety. There are delicious meat/fish alternatives that would impress even the biggest steak lovers. When building a menu for a veg banquet, consider that there still needs to be a range of appetizers, main courses, and dessert. Here are some options for each menu section: Appetizers - avocado-pomegranate bruschetta; vegetable spring rolls; roasted veggie skewers; pita chips with hummus/goat cheese dips. Main courses - pasta with mushroom ragout; vegan lasagna; artichoke mac ‘n’ cheese; cauliflower tacos. Side dishes - baked sweet potato; cauliflower with lemon mayonnaise; quinoa with almond butter served on rocket. Dessert - nut milk-based ice creams, chocolate vegan cake pops; chocolate-dipped strawberries or banana pieces, depending on the season. Most top-quality catering services provide both vegan/vegetarian options, so don’t worry about your menu options. Make sure you give the caterer enough time to build the menu, though, and specify any other allergies, such as nut or gluten. Budgeting Tips If you’re looking to host your banquet or meal without spending too much money, we have some budgeting advice that will help. First of all, decide on the format of your event and consider hosting a buffet or self-serving stations rather than a sit-down dinner. Hiring waitstaff is an additional fee, and not a small one at that. Wages per person start from £10 per hour, and most caterers recommend having one waiter for every 10-11 guests. Further, consider buying a bulk of wine bottles rather than choosing expensive alcohol. If you prefer not to compromise on the bar, ask guests to contribute to the event and bring their own beverages. This is a common concept, especially if the event is an intimate gathering with friends. When it comes to the dessert menu, skip the expensive options like cake. Instead, set up a dessert stand and offer guests a range of vegetarian and vegan sweets, such as vanilla-coconut brownies or vegan chocolate mousse. Large cakes, especially vegan ones, are usually very expensive, and more often than not, you need to supplement the cake with smaller options to give your guests variety. Other Vegetarian Ideas Hosting a veg meal does not mean you cannot get creative and use themes. Consider incorporating international food stations or hosting a meal with one cuisine only. Vegetarian Indian meals are great, especially if you have any Indian guests who are attending the party. Make sure people you’ve invited are not intolerant to spicy, or ask your caterer to eliminate peppers from the recipes. Indian cuisine is perfectly suited for vegan or vegetarian occasions because many of them do not include meat, eggs, or seafood. Chinese veg catering also offers an array of no-eggs, no-meat and no-dairy options. These usually include alternatives such as tofu, mushrooms, and roasted vegetables such as broccoli. Moreover, Chinese spices and sauces make all dishes taste interesting; you can’t go wrong with sweet and sour vegetables. Another option, though not as popular, is raw dishes. These are suitable for vegans who only eat raw foods, however we suggest combining both cooked and raw dishes to make sure your guests leave the dinner party full and satisfied. -- Main points: Almost all caterers offer vegetarian or vegan options; hosting a meat-free dinner can be delicious as well as healthy. Save money on service; opt for buffets or self-serving stations. Other vegetarian/vegan options include Indian-style foods, Chinese dishes or raw meals. Make sure you consult your caterer in advance about dietary restrictions or allergies.