Professional catering is a great way to make your baby shower or gender reveal party a success. And, when you don’t have to worry about shopping, prepping, presenting or refreshing the food, you can relax and enjoy the festivities.
Although you should always base your food menu on the specifics of your event – time, location, theme, budget – these ideas will help make your event as smooth as it is memorable.
Offer One-Bite Finger Foods
By offering one- or two-bite finger foods, you accomplish several helpful objectives. You eliminate the need for plates and flatware – reducing both your cost and the amount of trash your party creates.
You’ll also be able to offer more variety for your guests. As a general rule, plan for five to six different foods and two of each item per guest. That will average out – some guests will eat more, some less – to plenty of food for your guests, even if you hold your event near mealtime.
Spread the Spread Around Your
To keep the party flowing, place food stations or platters scattered throughout the space. Your guests can grab interesting looking items as they pass by or as they chat nearby.
By spreading the offerings around the room, you can help avoid the logjam that tends to build up if you offer your food all in one location. You’ll also discourage the reclusive plate pilers and help ensure you have food available throughout the event.
Vary Your Food Offerings
The likes and dislikes of your guests will be varied and, in many cases, dietary restrictions will be a consideration. Be sure to offer a variety of items so everyone has plenty to eat, even if they can’t eat everything.
Start by talking to the mom-to-be about her dietary restrictions. Chances are, she won’t be able to eat certain foods like soft cheeses, some types of fish, any raw or undercooked fish, meat or eggs, etc. Use your judgment but, if she’s restricted from anything she particularly loves, you may want to consider not including those items in your menu out of consideration.
You may also have guests who follow special diets or have dietary restrictions for medical reasons. Consider having at least a few vegan or vegetarian options too.
Go Easy on Food-Related Kitsch
You’ll see countless blogs, articles and pins with ideas for pink and blue food and even for foods that do the gender reveal themselves. As cute as these might look, bear in mind that they’ve been staged by a food stylist and photographed by a pro.
Your caterer can probably handle whatever food items you’d like but, in most cases, your guests will appreciate having high-quality food items that haven’t been made unappetizing by the addition of additives and colorants.
When you choose an experienced caterer – like Brown Brothers Catering in Provo, Utah – you’ll have all the help you need to plan a buffet, light reception, hors d’oeuvres or whatever type of menu you prefer.
Contact us today to learn more about these and other catering options – like chef stations, chocolate fountains and more – for your upcoming baby shower or gender reveal party.