Planning a special event, such as a wedding, birthday party, or corporate function, can be very exciting and stressful at the same time. The food selection for the event is likely to be one of your major concerns. The choice of hors d’oeurves is particularly important since this is often served as the guests arrive before the main event begins. The right choice of hors d’oeurves can help set the tone for the entire event. Here are some tips to help you make the right food selection for your special event.
Set a Budget
The first thing you want to do before selecting any food for your party is to set a budget for the event. This will let you know how much money you have available to spend on hors d’oeurves and prevent you from overspending. It will at least give you a good price range to start looking at for your food selection. You can readjust your budget later if you need to, but at least you will have a guideline to start with.
Time and Place of Event
You need to consider the time and place for your event. Parties planned around the lunch hour can be a little more informal than those held in the evening. You also need to think about the venue for your event and if it offers a formal or casual atmosphere. In addition, you need to determine if the hors d’oeurves will be available as the guests arrive, or they will be serves as the first course after the guests are seating. This will help you determine if standards hors d’oeurves would work well, or if you need to select from a fancier menu.
Who is Invited?
When making the selection of hors d’oeurves to serve at your event, you need to consider what type of guests are going to attend. You want to have food available the will please everyone at the event. You will need to take into consideration that some people may be vegetarians, so you will need to have at least one selection of food available for them. If children are invited to the event, you may also need to have a kid-friendly alternative available, as well. Try to select a variety of hors d’oeurves, such as starches, proteins, dips, vegetables, and snacks, to serve at your party.
The best thing to do when making a food selection for your event is to sit down with a professional caterer and explore your options. Your caterer can take all of your needs into account and assist you in selecting the perfect hors d’oeurves for your specific event. You may be able to sample some of the food options to ensure you made the right selection. A professional catering service may also be able to provide you with several food options that you have not considered before and ensure that you have a variety of foods on hand to meet everyone’s needs.
If you are planning a special event in the Los Angeles area, it is important to start preparing early. This will give you time to get the venue you want and have time to properly plan your event. Working with a professional caterer, who has experience in event planning in Los Angeles will make it easier for you to select the perfect food options for you event. They will work with you to make sure you pick the hors d’oeurves that set the tone for your event and gets the party started right.
Written by Joel Boardman of Food Fetish, a LA-based catering company specializing in production and corporate catering as well as gourmet food catering services.