Tips for event catering at Christmas
It’s November which only means one thing, Christmas is around the corner! We love getting in the festive spirit at Robert & Victor, and we make our catered events extra special during this time of year.
If you’ve landed on this page, it means you’re unsure how to cater for an event at Christmas. Well, there is no need to worry, we have everything covered for you below.
Before any catered event at Christmas, it is essential that you plan ahead so you can prepare for any possible encounter. For example, for any event, you must consider compensating for different dietary requirements as not every guest will be able to consume the same food. So, during the lead-up to the event, it’s a good idea you gather a list of all the dietary requirements from each guest so you can cater for each person without any hiccups.
Also, by planning ahead you will understand how many people you need to cater for and the budget you’re working with. Both are key components of a successful Christmas event, so ironing out these details as quickly as possible can give you a much-needed head start. Fully understanding the budget is vital as you will know how you can spread the cost across many departments, such as staff, drinks, food, venue etc.
Your organisation skills need to be on point throughout the planning process. Communicating with staff thoroughly will lead to a successful catered event, but mistakes can happen from miscommunication. There is no need to panic if an issue does arrive, as it shouldn’t ruin your event. Keep in close contact with the caterer just in case, but the likelihood is the problem will be dealt with accordingly.
Once these two factors have been established, you can continue planning ahead for your Christmas event, but as soon as this is out of the way, you must consider what your guests will enjoy. Keeping your guests happy from start to finish is the heartbeat of a catered event, so providing everything for them is the key to a successful night.
Find a venue
A big part of a catered event at Christmas is the venue as this is effectively the poster for your event. It’s one of the key selling points of your event so it’s crucial that you choose the right one as this will have a big impact on the guests. The beauty of an event during the festive season is the ability to go crazy with the theme and decorations. There are almost endless styles you can choose to personalise your event, so we encourage you to get creative with it as guests will be attracted to unique and original venue themes.
Before you go crazy with your styling, you must choose the right venue that will best suit your catered event. You need to consider how big or small the setting needs to be, as you don’t want to go overboard with it. Having a good location is great, but it’s frowned upon when you choose unnecessary places for the sake of it. The venue you choose needs to have easy access so people of all ages can reach the place without any hassle. Along with styling, this is arguably the biggest consideration.
Furthermore, if you’re unsure which venue might be best for your catered event at Christmas, we recommend you get in touch with us. At Rober & Victor, as well as catering we can advise which venue could be best suited for you. We’re based in Manchester City Centre, so we can offer our catering services to the best locations throughout the city.
An exciting and original Christmas menu is the flagship for your event, and it’s what sets you apart from the rest. If you order the best possible food you’re guaranteed to win your guests over and leave a great lasting impression. As well as the food being made of the highest quality, you should design and create a menu for when your guests take their seats at your event. You can get creative with this by adding vibrant, bold colours to make your main meals catch their eye straight away.
Attention to deal is a necessity when it comes to the menu, it needs to resonate with your guests as this is the final message they’re taking away from their experience with you. So, make sure you choose wisely the food you’ll be serving at your catered event. During the festive period, you can’t cater an event without a proper Christmas menu, and there is nowhere better in Manchester to look than us, Robert & Victor.
Our Christmas specials menu is filled with wonderful food which is guaranteed to make your guests ask for second helpings. Our extensive menu ranges from pigs in blankets, chicken and stuffing, gammon and apple compote ciabatta, mini mince pies plus much more. There’s more where that came from, and if you would like to find out what else is on there, get in touch with us today!
Once you’ve devoured our delicious treats we’re sure you’ll feel thirsty, and we can help you here too. We also offer a huge selection of alcoholic beverages that can help wash your food down too, so ask one of our friendly staff, and they will be happy to serve your refreshing drink.
If you’ve found our tips useful or you would like to choose Robert & Victor as your preferred event caterer this Christmas, get in touch with our friendly team today and we will provide you with a bespoke quote.