Today’s Tip: Buffets
When planning an event people often think that they need to do a buffet because it is more affordable and that is all that will fit into their budget. Well did you know that a buffet can be more expensive, not less? It seems counter intuitive because a plated meal seems nicer, however, when you have a buffet, you have to have more food. There is no saying how many times Uncle Steve will go back to the buffet and you do not want to run out of food, so the caterers have to be prepared for that.
So, don’t rule out a plated meal if that is what you want, it may actually be more in your budget than the buffet!
If you need to cut your food budget, there are plenty of ways to do so. You could consider a cocktail reception with heavy hor'dourves instead of a plated meal. You could making your timing a little later and host a dessert reception or push your timing up and serve brunch. Any of these options could be fun and different and still offer you an amazing event while shaving a little off of your food budget.