Should You Cater Your Own Event? Probably Not.

Having a party/event/wedding on a budget is a balancing act. You want the best quality for the most affordable price. You look for ways to shave cost without compromising on the experience. Because of this, many consider catering their own event.

In theory, it makes sense that catering your own event would be the cheaper option. But is it the best option? Should you cater your own event? Does it really save that much money when it’s all said and done?

Probably not.

Here’s why catering your own event isn’t as great as it sounds:

Prepping Food is a Lot of Work

Purchasing, cooking, moving, and serving a large amount of food is not easy. Especially if you’ve never done it before. It takes time, patience, knowhow, and care to pull it off. Before you can even start making the food, you’ll need to go and purchase everything you need, down to the seasonings and tools.

Then there’s the cooking. Unless you have access to a commercial kitchen space, you’ll likely have to rotate the preparation of certain items, using what room you do have.

Unless you’re preparing it all the day of the event, you’ll need a place to store it.

And finally, once it’s all ready to go, it’s up to you to get it to the event and serve it. Tired yet? There’s more.

There’s a Lot of Things You Don’t Have

Depending on what you’re survey, as well as the quantity of the food, you might not have all of the pots, pans, utensils, dishes, etc., that you need. Do you have pans and trays to serve the food on when it’s ready? Because you’ll need that too.

Many people who try their own catering realize too late just how under equipped they were for the job.

You end up buying so much stuff that you don’t really save any of the money you thought you would.

Many Things Can Go Wrong

When you’re preparing any amount of food, things can go wrong quickly. Something is left on the stove or in the oven too long. A desert doesn’t rise like it’s supposed to. The list goes on.

The more food you’re preparing, the more likely it is that something will go wrong. Especially if you’ve never prepared a large amount of food before.

And should something go wrong, it’ll be on you to fix the situation. A caterer, on the other hand, adds an extra layer of liability.

Your Guests Want to Attend Your Party

Many party planners expect to cater their events with the help of family and friends. While those loved ones might be willing to help, they probably also want to just be a part of the party. The more people you have assisting with your catering and serving, the more people you have missing the fun.

You Won’t Regret Getting a Caterer

Things no one says: I really wish we had bought and prepared all of this food by ourselves instead of hiring a caterer.

When the day of your event comes, and the caterer comes in with all the food ready to be served to your guests, you’ll know you made the right decision. Assuming you chose the right caterer, of course. If you’re in need of flexible, affordable catering that provides a high-end caterer experience, look no further than Rudy’s.

No matter the size or type of event, we can deliver the results you’re looking for. Contact us today.


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