Always try to think outside the box when planning the centerpiece for your next event. Make it colorful and beautiful.
At one of our recent events guests saw this centerpiece right when they walked in the room. It was an unique concept and tied nicely into the station since it was at a painting event.
#1 Choose the Right Date and Time
Most guests attending a corporate event appreciate when the event is during the week (preferably Tuesday or Wednesday) and when they can be home by 9 p.m.
#2 Choose the Menu
Does your event call for a sit down dinner or is it a cocktail party? Small plates provide something unique compared to the typical small bite hors d’oeuvre.
#3 Think about the Bar
Guests appreciate a bar with a short line. A simple way to get that is to have a signature drink served when your guests arrive so they don’t have to go straight to the bar. Also choosing one white and one red option makes the selection process faster.
#4 Hire In Good Taste Catering & Events by Stacey to create a beautiful atmosphere for your event along with amazing food that your guests will remember!
#1 Prioritize your Wants
A number of couples start thinking about their wedding day and think they have to replicate everything they see on Pinterest. Since most couples are on a budget, make a list of what each of you really want on your big day. Is the cocktail hour most important or the 5 tier wedding cake? Once you make a list of what you and your fiancé really find the most important it’ll make the rest of the decisions much easier.
#2 Set your Budget!
If you haven’t been involved in planning a wedding you may end up being very shocked at the prices today. Once you’ve made your list of priorities then go through and put a number next to them of what you think you’d want to spend. Realize that probably all of those numbers will increase once you start getting quotes. But you need to have a base to start with when getting quotes of what you are willing to spend. Remember you always have the power to negotiate a little with a vendor you may really want. Think of something to ask for to show them you’ll lock them in over their competition if they come through with the small gesture.
#3 Dissect your Different Catering Quotes
All catering companies do not do things the same way. The different proposals that you receive may be very different. Some do not include all of the fees in the first proposal. There are a number of caterers that will give an initial price and then the day of the wedding give another bill of the items that weren’t included. You have to make sure you are comparing all line items when comparing caterers. In Good Taste Catering &Events by Stacey does give you a very transparent quote. All fees for rentals, staffing, and food are given up front.
#4 Schedule a Tasting
To know what the food will taste like on your big day, you need to schedule a tasting with the caterer you’ve chosen to move forward with. Most caterers won’t do a complimentary tasting unless you’ve confirmed they will be catering your wedding. It ends up not being cost effective to give every potential client a complimentary tasting. But once you are confirmed make sure you taste everything that they will be serving the day of the wedding so you and your fiancé are very happy with your choices.
Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life. Make sure you hire the vendors that make you feel that way. In Good Taste Catering & Events by Stacey is a full service event company handling the catering, rentals, and event planning. Contact us today!
For your next poolside picnic, try one of my absolute favorite recipes – Thai Pasta Salad! Check out the recipe below.
Thai Pasta Salad with Peanut Dressing
1 pound of Spaghetti
1 bunch Scallions
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Pepper
1/3 cup Soy Sauce
1/3 cup Thai Peanut Sauce
1/3 cup Thai Chili Sauce
1 Tsp fresh Ginger
1 Tsp fresh Garlic
½ cup Juliane Carrots
1 each Julienne Red and Green Peppers
1 small bag Sugar Snaps
2 cups Broccoli
1- 2 cups Julienne Nappa Cabbage
1 small bag Bean Sprouts
Boil the pasta al dente. Blanch the Sugar Snap Peas and Broccoli. Mix Salt, Pepper, Soy Sauce, Thai peanut sauce, Thai chili sauce, fresh Ginger, and fresh Garlic in a bowl. Combine the pasta and vegetables and pour dressing over them. Top with crushed peanuts. Enjoy!
I have been with In Good Taste Catering & Events by Stacey for almost a year. I feel like I’ve learned a lot coming from the nonprofit realm into the for profit side. Since I had always been the one hiring the caterer I feel like I had a different perspective when I came on working with Stacey. I could understand being the client and being the business representative. I thought I knew already what catering would be like but I was wrong. Catering is hard work! Starting with recruiting the client, to discussing menu options, trying to figure out what sort of budget we are working with, and preparing for the actual day. I ran across a number of clients who flat out don’t want to tell me their budget because they want to see what price I’ll give them. I can understand wanting the best deal but it really makes a difference to share the budget if you have one. When Stacey creates an unique menu for each client the budget tells us if we can serve them a Skirt Steak or Filet Mignon (Tenderloin). The more specific a client can be the easier the process of getting them what they want.
Preparing for the day isn’t only ordering the food but it’s calculating how much food and beverage we will need for the number of guests. Stacey and her team work tirelessly in the creation and preparation of the food, sometimes into the late night hours. Her design team is thinking weeks out about how we can decorate your buffet table and what flowers to order to make the table even more beautiful. They decide which colors go with the linens and what will last in the environment that the event will be in. The day of the event is when the staff is packing the truck with all of the food and décor items. Once we arrive at the event, Stacey’s team is great at organizing all of the supplies so the prepping and decorating go smoothly. We try and think about the whole process from A to Z beforehand so the host is stress free and guests are very impressed.
So the next time you hire us, remember that this is Stacey’s passion in life and she’s been blessed to have a great team around her to elevate her success over the years. We are here to make your event unforgettable!
Director of Catering & Events