Catering can be one of the biggest expenses when planning events or parties. It can quickly add up and consume a significant portion of the budget leaving less room for other important aspects. The good news is that there are several ways to save money on catering without sacrificing the quality of food and services. We explore five tips to help you save money on production Catering for your next event.
Plan your Menu Carefully
The first step to saving money on catering is to carefully plan your menu. Consider the type of event you’re hosting the number of guests and their dietary restrictions. Choose a menu that is easy to prepare, cost-effective and appealing to your guests. Avoid expensive ingredients and opt for seasonal produce which is often less expensive and of better quality.
Shop around for the best deals
Shop around for the best deals on catering services get quotes from several caterers and compare their prices and services. Choose the one that offers the best value for your budget. Don’t be afraid to negotiate or ask for discounts, as many caterers are willing to work with their clients to accommodate their budget constraints.
Go for buffet-style or family-style service
Buffet-style or family-style service is often more cost-effective than sit-down service. It allows guests to serve themselves and reduces the cost of staff and equipment needed for sit-down service. Buffet-style service also provides guests with more options and allows them to control portions, which can help reduce food waste and save money.
Opt for simple, Non-alcoholic beverages
Beverages can also add up quickly when catering. To save money, opt for simple, non-alcoholic beverages such as water, lemonade, iced tea or soda. Avoid offering expensive drinks like specialty cocktails which can significantly increase your catering bill. You can also consider having a cash bar for those who want to purchase alcoholic drinks.
Choose a venue with a kitchen or catering facilities
Consider choosing a venue that has a kitchen or catering facilities. This will save you the cost of renting equipment and allow you to use the venue existing equipment to prepare and serve food. Additionally, some venues offer catering services at a discounted rate for events held in their space so be sure to ask if this is an option.