3 Factors to Consider Before Hiring a Caterer

Catering is arguably one of the most important and most memorable part of any event. Food plays an important role in most people’s lives, and the same goes for the success of an event, whether it be an extravagant wedding or an outdoor corporate cook out. So it is important to make sure the catering plans you’ve made are the best fit for whatever event is approaching on your calendar.

The greatest full-proof method to making sure your food plan is delicious, sufficient, and within budget, is to hire a professional caterer. But before you hire a caterer, it is wise to consider a few factors first. These factors will set the tone, budget, and plan for the entire catering process, and give you the tools necessary to create a beautiful event everyone will talk about for years!

Continue reading to learn about these factors and where to begin planning the catering for your special event.

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❶ Type of Event

The first aspect to consider is the type of event you are catering. This will also help you narrow down the type of caterer you want to call. For example, a wedding will require a fancier menu, alcohol service, wait staff, prep and breakdown services, specific time schedules, and a caterer that specializes in wedding service catering. Whereas a corporate picnic might require a more relaxed food and beverage menu, buffet-style service, a caterer that specializes in large-scale outdoor catering. See our blog, “Types of Occasions Perfect for Professional Catering Service” for help with your party’s leitmotif and more.

❷ Budget

Your budget is one of the most important aspects of the catering planning process. This is the number that will place you in a particular bracket of service that best fits your type of event. One good tip for setting a budget is multiplying the number of people expected to attend the event by a personally-selected number “per head.” So for a nicer, upper-scale event, you might decide that each attendee is $50 a head. Multiply that number by the number of expected guests, and you have a base budget for catering. You may need to inflate this number just a bit to be more realistic with catering costs and needs. This is an area to discuss and customize with your caterer as well. See our blog, “Cost Saving Advice for Catering a Party.”

❸ Wait Staff and Service

Will your event require any type of wait staff? There are a few different types of service a caterer can provide in terms of bartenders, waiters, cocktail waitresses, food carriers, buffet attendants, and more. You can select a certain level of wait staff as well, from basic bartenders and tray carriers, to full-service formal wait staffs, and everything in between. See our blog, “How to Hire the Right Caterers for Your Event” to get started on the right track.

✨ Once you have all three of these factors planned out, you can contact your local catering company and begin bringing your plan to life!

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Halloween Catering Ideas That Will Make Them Scream!

Are you planning a big Halloween bash this month? To frighten even the most apathetic guest, choose these spine-chilling Halloween catering ideas that are sure to please the palate and make you scream at the same time!

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SCARY BEVERAGE IDEAS

👻 A Blood Fountain

Serve your guests a chilling beverage with a decorative blood fountain! A delicious fruit punch concoction is tasty and mimics the veiny substance very well! Add a bit of flare by opting for a fog machine to create an eerie ambience!

👻 Creepy Crawly Ice Cubes

Add novelty items and party favors to your ice trays to create creepy crawly ice cubes! Use bugs and worms, eye balls, fingernails, and other scary props. Just be sure they are large enough so there is no risk of choking!

👻 Blood Bags

Serve beverages at your Halloween party inside a fake blood bag! Attach the straw I.V. and drink them up like a juice box! These are fun and can be purchased at any party store or online retailer. Just be sure to serve them to a more mature crowd, as the long straws can also pose safety hazards to children and pets.

👻 Syringe Gelatin Shots

For an adult Halloween bash, incorporate some alcohol-infused gelatin shots, but serve them in plastic party syringes! A lot of people are scared of needles, so this will surely cause a fright! You can also fill these with Bloody Mary, red wine, and anything else that looks creepy!

SCARY APPETIZER IDEAS

🎃 Tiny Brains

Take your favorite Chinese dumpling recipe and toss them in a Chili pepper sauce to create a bowl of little icky brains! Serve them with a standard Asian dipping sauce, or with something that mimics gooey blood!

🎃 Jack-O-Lantern Dip

Use miniature pumpkins in a new and decorative way by hallowing them out and filling them with your favorite dip. Although it’s not the scariest idea, it’s just too cute to pass up! If you want to creep them up a little, let the dip ooze from the carved out eyes, nose, and mouth!

🎃 Old Scabs

Everyone loves bacon, but when you roast it up just right and serve it in small pieces, it looks just like scabs! Serve them in a bowl with a brown sugar glaze so your guests can enjoy an oozing scab or two!

SCARY MAIN COURSE IDEAS

💀 Roasted Fingers

Carve out a nail bed (or use a piece of cheese) and some knuckle lines on raw hot dogs, and them grill them up, and they look just like cooked fingers! Place them inside the bun and top them with some ketchup to really gross out your guests!

💀 Rack of Ribs

Mimic a scary dead body ready for eating! Just place a doll’s head (or skull) at the top of a serving tray, put a heaping pile of sausages on the tray to mimic organs, and then position the ribs on top of the pile of meat!

SCARY DESSERT IDEAS

🕷 Amputated Hands

Grab your go-to pastry dough and cherry pie filling to create an amputated hand dessert. Simply form the dough into the shape of a hand, top with filling, top with another hand, and press the edges together. Once cooked, use a large knife to butcher them in half and serve on a tray to your guests!

🕷 Cake Head

Ask your bakery to custom create a cake that looks just like a human head. When your guests cut into it, they will squirm, squeal, and screech! Consider red velvet cake for an even scarier and realistic experience!

Halloween Party Catering in Georgia

Call Food for Thought Catering at 678-340-0510 for Halloween party catering in Newnan, Georgia. We offer a wide range of catering services for all industries, occasions, events, and more. Choose from our popular catering menu, or work with our catering coordinators to customize a menu according to your particular needs and interests. We can also provide assistance with décor, themes, vendors, and more! Call 678-340-0510 to learn more about our Newnan catering services, or to request a free estimate, today!

Food for Thought Catering 678-340-0510
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