Choosing Food for a Party (That People Will Enjoy)

One of the most difficult parts of party planning can be the food. It may sound simple at first, but once you actually get into the decision-making process, you’ll quickly realize you’ve been deceived.  

Everyone’s tastes are different. Their favorites are different. The things they hate are different. And, of course, there are those people who don’t really like much of anything. 

That’s why, before we begin, there is a fact you’ll have to accept. It’s true for virtually all elements of party planning. 

You Will Never Please Everyone 

No matter how many options you offer and how carefully you plan, someone will always end up disappointed. It’s not your fault. Some people are just that way. 

So do your best, and ignore the rest. 

Once you have that mindset, you can think clearly about what food to offer. 

The Expectations 

The first thing that needs to be set is the quality of food you’re serving, as well as the type of meal it is. Are you planning for a simple cocktail hour with light snacks or appetizers? Perhaps just deserts? Or do you plan to provide a full meal. 

Consider the time of day the event is at and the expectations people will naturally form because of it. Once you’ve decided, make sure the people attending the party understand what to expect. 

One of the hardest things to combat is surprise disappointment. A person walks in expecting a full meal, and though you have some fantastic appetizers, they’re let down by the lack of sustenance. 

Variety Helps 

When in doubt, provide a variety of options. You don’t want to be too thinly spread, or you’ll quickly run out of popular items, but it’s risky banking on just one or two options. Balance uniqueness with simple crowd pleasers. A menu of foreign/ethnic food might seem fun, exotic, and bold, but it can quickly alienate or intimidate people.  

Provide healthier options along with less-healthy choices. Also consider people who may be vegan or gluten intolerant.  

Make Sure You Have Enough 

Selecting the perfect food options doesn’t really matter if you run out of food to serve. Plan for the worst. It is always better to have too much food than not enough. Always. You don’t want to be wasteful, though. 

If you’re not sure how much food you need, a caterer can help. Speaking of…. 

Let a Professional Help 

Food is one party item you shouldn’t have to stress too much about. Instead, trust in a professional to do the heavy lifting. At Rudy’s, we offer a wide array of catering for events of every size and style.. From box lunches to fine dining to barbecue catering, we have you covered. Contact us today, and take the challenge out of choosing food for your party. 

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