Wow! Your child has just graduated high school! Congratulations! Now it’s time to celebrate their achievements with family and friends. The perfect way to make it special, is to hire a professional catering company that provides excellent food, drinks, and setup, to make a stress-free party for you as well. Here are the basics of planning a graduation party, and how to find the perfect graduation caterer for your event:
This is the critical first step and will not only set the tone for the entire graduation party, but will help to determine the type of catering you can afford, as well as the kind of food. This may even help to decide on the theme you’ll plan the party around, since food is the pivot point of every party. Be sure to have a budget set before you speak with any caterers in your area. They will be able to give you a more precise quote, and even start compiling a potential menu.
Do this as soon as you can because many families book weekends for graduation parties as soon as late winter. Schedule a meeting with several caterers in your area and be prepared to discuss availability. If you leave an appointment with a caterer without scheduling anything, and you later decide to hire them, they may have already booked with another family and are no longer available for your event. As mentioned before, having great food is the key to a successful party, so it’s important to allow plenty of time to book your ideal caterer, without having to settle on a second or third choice.
A graduation caterer can usually accommodate just about any venue, however, not every venue allows outside catering so this step should come after booking your graduation party catering. Many parents choose to host the celebration at their homes, allowing for easy and free party space. Others decide to rent a legion hall, hotel banquet room, or even have it at a public beach for something extra special, or to merely accommodate all guests. Be sure to discuss your ideas for location with your graduation catering company so they can start planning accordingly, as this may effect the type of food you’ll be able to have.
You may have already chosen a theme for your graduate’s party based on the type of food you decided with your caterer. Some examples of fun party themes that easily coordinate with inexpensive food are Mexican Fiesta, Tropical Luau, or All-American. You can discuss with your graduation caterer the food that best suits your selected theme, and also discuss how the table and food displays should be arranged. Professional graduation catering companies should provide set-up services, so you can take advantage of their party-planning expertise to decide upon something that looks professional and fun, and taking the pressure off of your shoulders.
Now that you have set a budget, booked your ideal graduation caterer on the date of choice, and chosen the perfect theme for your event, it’s time to send out the invitations! Create an organized checklist which includes these 4 points when starting your party planning process, and you’ll be sure to have an event that is memorable for years to come!
For more information on Graduation Party Catering in Metro Detroit, Michigan give Sopranos Catering a call today. We have been providing graduation party catering in Macomb County, Oakland County, Wayne County and southeast Michigan since 1940.