Are you ready to put your corporate event on the calendar?
We have a few tips for you.
These are all very important if you want successful results.
- Set a Budget For The Specific Corporate Event
Starting a budget is the most important thing to do before the planning phase begins. Most small businesses and companies of all sizes work within a budget. Before you start event planning, you need to determine how much you must spend in your budget. Break it down into categories and plan how much your company can spend on an event venue if you don’t have a business location, catering service, event theme or decor, and other details. You don’t want to spend time looking at venues and planning things that are not in your budget.
- Have a Set Number of Attendees Before Booking
You likely want a good turnout with all your guests invited in attendance. When you contact venues and caterers you will be asked the number of guests to get a price and to confirm they can accommodate your size crowd. You don’t need to know exactly how many people you will have, but at least have an idea.
- Select a Caterer
Plan a few different menus before calling a caterer. Catering for corporate events successfully will be based on the caterer getting the food if you want a specific menu. A catering company like The Gourmet Machine and Catering will provide you with their menu if you do not have one, and work with you on your menu. Also, you want to take into consideration your guests. Staying with general foods is a safe option so you don’t end up with waste. You probably don’t want your caterer trying something brand new at your party. Have a couple of variety of menus and be open to working with your caterer in designing the perfect menu of appetizers, main dishes, sides, and desserts.
A great catering service will be able to design a menu that works for your event.
- Do You Want A Bar or Beer and Wine?
Caterers will sometimes offer to handle a bar or wine and beer. It may be more expensive. If possible, you may want to have a company employee go to the local outlet and buy beer and wine and plan a way to serve it. You can also purchase it and have the caterer serve it. This is an area that can use a lot of money from your budget. A cooler with popular beer and pre-poured small wine glasses usually works well at an event.
- Enlist Help
You may want to enlist help to assist in the decor or setup. Anything that will not fall under the responsibility of the caterer will be the responsibility of the host. Have a clear agreement on who will be setting up and tearing down. Usually, an event venue will have everything to your specification except for decor.
Comment below if you would like more tips or have catering questions.