Top 10 Ways to Save on Event Costs in 2014— #3 Cater the Menu

We previously discussed venue selection (#2 Choose Your Office, Small or Outdoor Venue), which has implications on how you cater the menu. Let's take for example an outdoor venue.

Being outdoors, makes sit down tables optional and allows for a simpler and less expensive menu such as barbecue, boiled crabs, pig roast or deep fried foods.

Some more casual venues also allow greater event flexibility for the caterer to theme it — think pizza party or make-your-own taco stations or smoothie stations, which bring together fresh seasonal fruits with premise made ice cream.

Regardless of venue, the food budget line is all the more palatable if it doubles as the decoration budget line. Think whole fresh fruit centerpieces, craved fruit bowls, or cake pops in pseudo-floral arrangements.

“Visually stunning, enhanced hors d’oeuvre trays, such as texture-filled shadow boxes and even larger hawker-style carry trays, make for an exciting presentation of finger foods and smaller bites,” says Warren Dietel, president/owner of Puff 'n Stuff Events and Catering, Orlando, Florida.

The caterer selection is important. Attention to detail, food quality and visual appeal, exceptional service and range of capabilities are what make your choice truly full service. Some caterers event assist clients with a range of services including hiring servers and entertainment, renting equipment and arranging for floral, lighting and other décor.

If you're looking for additional catering menu ideas, reach out to an executive chef, event planner or rental resource for support and inspiration. Check out The Party ReduX Showcase in Pottstown and tell them that Jeff sent you.