With any important party or special occasion, professional catering can impressively boost the theme and ambience for your guests and guest of honor. Whether it is a birthday, graduation, Bat Mitzvah, or other type of celebration, hiring a skilled catering company can be extremely beneficial for the host.
If you are still unsure whether or not catering is right for your event, continue reading to review some frequently asked questions about party catering to help you make an informed decision.
Do I Need a Caterer?
Professional catering companies offer infinite menu ideas, themes, services, food, and more. You can customize your catering at a professional company because they retain the ample resources and training to provide the ultimate catering experience. Whether you are looking for something intimate and small, or plan to cater for an entire football team, professional catering services can make it happen at a price that pleases.
How Much Does Catering Cost Per Person?
The total cost of catering services are unique to every client. It all depends on several factors, including guest count, menu selections, bar and alcohol service, and more. It also largely depends on your chosen amenities, such as décor, tables and chairs, linens, cutlery, plate ware, wait staff, tray service, delivery, cleanup, and more. On average, you can expect a small to medium-sized party to cost anywhere from $20 to $70 a head, depending on the type of catering style you choose. For example, cocktail parties with minimal food service may cost less than a large family reunion. And a buffet style service may be cheaper than a 5 course plated dinner and wait service. The total cost really all depends on you and want you want for your party.
What is the Difference Between “On-Premise” and “Off-Premise” Catering?
When you are having your party at a venue that will also be preparing and serving the party’s food, you are paying for “on-premise” catering. On-premise catering is food preparation and service facilitated on the premises of the venue location. The opposite applies to “off-premises” catering. Off-premise catering occurs when a professional food service company (your caterers), prepare the food at their own commercial kitchen headquarters, and then transfers the food to the location of your party.