Hosting the perfect event…

You can do it all yourself, but should you?

We have all been there.

At some time in our lives, we have all said to ourselves, “Hey, I’m going to plan this party all by myself! How hard could it really be?”

Then, it happens – disaster strikes. There’s not enough food, or there’s too much food, or the food isn’t up to the level of quality you thought you could produce. Sure, it may not seem like a huge issue to your guests, but deep down in your heart, you feel it. You wanted the event to be perfect, and when you worked so hard to achieve it, it’s a letdown when it’s not.

Sometimes, it’s the little things. Other times, it’s the big things. It’s the venue you booked that has their own caterer, and doesn’t allow outside food. It’s the sudden downpour when you’ve forgotten adequate cover for your outside event. It’s the missed opportunity to ask one of your guests about a food sensitivity, or worse, a dangerous food allergy.

Even if nothing goes wrong, there’s still the planning of the menu, shopping for the food, preparing each menu item, storage until the event, pre-heating/cooking/refrigeration/freezing of the various items, making sure the items are presented at the right times, and the list goes on, and on.

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Even the smallest, most personal event can benefit from having a professional caterer involved. A simple dinner party for a few friends, planned and catered, will allow you to relax, and to interact with your guests without having to worry. If you’ve ever planned an event, you know how fast the time goes, and how little time you seem to have to spend with your guests, when you’re trying to manage every aspect of your guests’ enjoyment.

Taking the time for yourself, to relax and enjoy your own party, is something we all too often take for granted. When have you ever thought, “how hard could it be?” that it wasn’t harder than you thought it would be? (Seriously, think about it!)

Surprisingly, it’s as easy as picking up a phone, and speaking with a caterer to discuss your plans. It’s uncommon to find a caterer who won’t ask questions you didn’t know you needed answers to. When you’re done, you should have a lot of information, showing you all of the jobs you will need to do, that will inevitably take you away from your guests for much of the party.

Instead, you could choose to hand off all of the hard work to your caterer, and give yourself the time to actually relax and enjoy your event with your guests.

In the end, it’s up to you to make the decision… Can I do this myself? Should I?

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