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There are a number of events and celebrations that require the help of a caterer. They include weddings, victory parties, birthday parties, campaign fundraisers, corporate events and other get-togethers. Each occasion or event requires different preparations, different types of food and different types of decorations. A good caterer can help you with all the preparation, plus guarantee you a delicious menu that your guests will not soon forget.

Planning and hosting any major event is not a simple task because there are number of things that need to be considered to make the event run smoothly. One of the first things to consider is the type of food service that will be provided. For example, do you want a sit down meal or is a buffet more appropriate. If you opt for a sit down meal, there are appetizers, salads, entrées, and desserts to think about. A buffet can offer a variety of choices arranged on long tables, or you can choose to go with stations where some of the food is prepared as a guest waits (spaghetti dishes are a good example). Each has its advantages and disadvantages and the host should be able to determine which one is the most appropriate to use.

Any caterer that you hire will need a lot of space to work in, so make sure that the food preparation area is large enough to accommodate the caterer and the staff. Also, make sure that the banquet area is large enough to accommodate the number of guests who will be attending the event. There is nothing worse than a crowded room, with tables that are too close and too many guests at each table.

Always sample a caterer’s menu and make sure that you get quotes based on the number of people who are attending your event. This should include items like alcohol. Determine ahead of time if the bar will be “open” (free drinks) and whether or not there will be wine bottles on each table. Keeping all these details straight with the caterer will afford him or her the opportunity to realize your expectations, as well as prevent any conflicts in the final bill.