The holiday season is fast approaching. With it comes a plethora of holiday parties and gatherings. Everyone knows that the best way to have the best party is to have the best food! That’s where your oh-so-talented and handy caterer comes in.

The holiday season is fast approaching. With it comes a plethora of holiday parties and gatherings. Everyone knows that the best way to have the best party is to have the best food! That’s where your oh-so-talented and handy caterer comes in.

So many parties, dinners, gatherings, programs and other holiday fun times are packed into a couple of months. We frequently find ourselves short on time. Using a catering service allows you to spend your energies where they are most valued--with your family, friends and employees.

Planning a large office party? An intimate gathering of friends? A holiday open house? Family holiday meal? Your full service caterer is your easy source for all gathering sizes: from a sit-down dinner, warm foods, finger foods, dessert station, carving station and other specialty delights. Your caterer can provide a full service staff to make sure your food remains fresh, platters filled and warmed or chilled. Or, they will simply take care of your set-up or make your order available for pick up. A full service catering company can customize everything for you.

Need a simple dish for that potluck dinner ? Whether you are taking a main dish, side dish or dessert dish, your catering service can make that dish the hit of the party.

Many people have no experience dealing with a caterer. Even if you do, here are some helpful tips to smooth the process and relieve the stress. Before you contact a caterer, figure out your budget. Keep in mind that the caterer provides the food, saves you the headaches of planning and the time consuming shopping, cooking and cleaning. Decide what kind of menu you want, home in on the time of day and the venue, estimate the number of people and what they will be doing. Working with the caterer to handle all these activities will give you peace of mind and leaves you with the time to arrange for speakers, entertainers, and other event activities. Finally, you can receive your guests without worrying about food.

When you call or email your caterer, make sure you know the date and time, how many people, whether you are having finger foods or a sit down dinner, and whether or not you will need staff service for your party. If you have something specific you want to serve, now is the time to work that out with the caterer. Then, you and your caterer will be able to plan a menu that suits your needs perfectly.

Keep one last thing in mind. There are many parties and dinners being planned at this time of year. It is wise to schedule as soon as possible.

Catering isn’t just for weddings and corporate events. Catering is for you and your needs. Big or small, catering can help you have the best, less stressful holiday season. We wish you a happy {eating} holiday season!

Every special occasion deserves homemade bread and pastries from Lucky’s Artisan Breads & Pastries (I don’t have her card to double check the name of the business, but if you will double check that and insert her logo & contact information with this caption, I would appreciate it.)

By Rebecca Gibbons, Co-owner, Stirred Catering & Coffee
Photos by Sarah Treece

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