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How To Cater For Birthdays, Weddings And Other Large Events

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Whether you are planning to cater for a wedding or family get together or have been put in charge of the company party; catering for a large event can be an extremely stressful process. Consequently, there are many things to consider and you know all eyes will look to you if it doesn’t go exactly to plan, so always remember the 5 P’s (Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance).

That being said, with good preparation, catering for a large event can be much easier than you think. Once you have a plan in place and have sourced all the food, beverage and seating requirements, the rest is down to how well the invitees enjoy themselves (but of course they will if there’s alcohol and food involved).

So if you’re lucky enough to have been graced with such privilege, then rest assured, because here at EatBig we’ve got you covered with some handy hints and tips to ensure that your large event goes off without a hitch. Simply follow these tips and you can be certain that all of your guests will enjoy your event and be talking about it for years to come.

Planning, planning and planning

Your first step in catering for a large event is planning and preparation, as this is not an occasion where “winging it” is going to work. Make sure that you have a good idea of how many people will be coming to the event and make sure that your plan caters for a few more than expected. That way, you won’t be caught out if a few extra guests do turn up unannounced on the day, which is probably more likely than not. Bearing this in mind, make sure the venue you have chosen is big enough for you to have plenty of room for your catering supplies – as well as the guests. 

Consider whether your guests will be having a seated meal or a buffet and what types of drinks will be served, as this will dictate how much space you’ll need to accommodate the served food and drink. Will it be table service or more of a “help yourself” type of event? Once you have a good plan in place the rest should simply fall in to place.

Food and drinks

Keeping your guests fed and watered is very important, especially if your event is a long one, so stocking up on items such as tea, coffee, biscuits and sweets, will keep your guests more than happy at your event. It is a good idea to buy these items in bulk to save you money and also to ensure you have plenty to go around. Here at EatBig, we specialise in supplying groceries such as these in bulk to a broad range of consumers and businesses and offer quick dispatch times, so even if your event has been sprung on you last minute, we can still get your items to you in plenty of time. We also offer some of the most competitive delivery prices on the market, so we can work with you to supply you with exactly what you need at the lowest cost.

Plates, cutlery and cups

So you have to food and drinks sorted but don’t forget your guests will need something to eat and drink from, and paper plates and plastic cups just won’t cut the mustard. As such, you may decide to hire glassware and crockery from a catering equipment company or go all out and purchase them, which is likely to turn your event into an expensive occasion unless you shop carefully, so be sure to check out our range of home and kitchen products. Ultimately, it all depends on the style of your event; just don’t forget to get in enough for everyone and a few extras too.

Catering for a large event needn’t be as stressful as it first appears, so get in touch with us today at hello@eatbig.co.uk to discuss your bulk food buying requirements!

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