Catering is a great way to make any kind of planned event a huge success. When people hire a meal prep service, they get the chance to work closely with experts in the field. At Foodini’s, we know how to ensure your guests have lots of things they’ll truly enjoy eating as your event continues. If you are planning a catered event in NJ, there are a few things you’ll want to do before the catering begins. It’s best to pay attention to all those little details at least a few days in advance. This way, everything will flow even more smoothly.

The Site of the Catering Event

It’s imperative to pay close attention to the site where the party is being held. The site should be in good working order before the meal delivery service arrives. Have a close look at each part of the space. You want to make sure that everyone can get in and out with ease. Chairs should be spaced apart to allow for easy access as the event continues. Consider the season. During the winter, it should be free of drafts. If you’re holding the event during the summer, you’ll want to make sure guests are enjoying a cool breeze.

Seating Arrangements

Seating arrangements can vary from event to event. You want to make sure that guests can find seating they like. If you’re holding the event outdoors, you can put up different kinds of seating. People can sit down on a folding chair or bench. When indoors, make sure the seating is clearly visible. Think about the kind of tables you’re going to use. Small, scattered side tables allow people to put down when they’re eating in between bites. Larger tables make it easy for people to gather together and get to know each other as they eat.

Eating Utensils

Ask about the kind of utensils you’re going to use during the party. Plastic that can be recycled is a good choice that allows each person to pick their own favorites. Plates can range from small to large. If you’re serving soup, you want bowls that are easy to carry from the buffet to the seating area. Think about utensils that are easy to use for all people of all age groups. Smaller sizes can be gripped by little kids. Servers can also help by cutting up the food you’re serving for your guests before they start eating.

Catered Food Storage

Events take place in many different kinds of venues. If you’re planning on a catering company for help, it’s a good idea to ensure that all food you’re serving is served at the right temperature. Contact the venue in advance. Find out what kinds of food storage they offer for guests. You can also ask about issues such as what kinds of foods are allowed to be brought in from outside. If you’re holding an event outdoors, it’s a good idea to find out how to get to the site and what kind of facilities are already present.

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