Four Tips to Catering Your Office Holiday Party


partyThe holidays are a great time to show appreciation for your employees. One of the most common ways is through throwing an office holiday party. This time, designated to celebrating, socializing, and relaxing, is a great way to let your employees know the work they do is appreciated.

To make your party planning that much easier, one of the best things you can do is hire a caterer. With a caterer, your party will stay classy, you’ll have scrumptious food to consume, and you’ll cut down most of the work of the party planners. To get the best out of your catered experience, here are four easy few tips to follow.

Tip #1 Book Early

The best caterers will book up fast during the holiday season, so you want to make sure you call them early. That way you can be sure to get the date you want. Many catering pros recommend booking as early as January for the following holidays. If that’s not possible with your schedule, make sure you call as soon as your date and location is confirmed.

Tip #2: Get Creative With Your Dates

The most common time for a holiday party is a Friday or Saturday night. Consequently, many caterers have the ability to be selective on which parties they choose as well as charge premium prices. If you pick an off-night, such as a weeknight or even a Sunday afternoon, you have a better chance of getting the caterer you want at a reduced price.

Tip #3: Know Your Attendees

One important step in having a successfully catered party is knowing what type of food you can and can’t serve. Are there food allergies in the group? Vegetarians? Vegans? Celiac disease? Send out an office email poll before talking to your caterer to know what sorts of dietary restrictions or limitations your attendees have. Let your caterer know these restrictions or limitations up front so a proper menu can be planned.

Tip #4: Have Clear Expectations

There is a wide range of catering companies that provide a wide array of services. Make sure the details of your contract are completely clear as far as what the company will provide (i.e. food, service options, service equipment, decorations, etc.) and when. The last thing you want is to have the food arrive too early or too late and to not have the proper serving utensils. By having everything clearly laid out you can ensure that the event will be a success.

After this, all you really have to do is sit back and enjoy the holidays (and the food!).

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