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Catering Advice, Glasgow

Foods for the perfect baby shower

Baby showers were usually seen as a sort of 'girls only' affair. However, more and more couples now enjoy celebrating together. No matter your personal choice and preference, one of the most important decisions you need to make is the kind of food to serve.

Since these occasions are usually filled with fun and funny activities, you will most likely not have enough time for a formal meal. This is why finger foods are a top choice. These finger foods need not involve complex flavours. In fact, simple foods are often the biggest winners as far as your guests are concerned.

It's a good idea to include both sweet and savoury foods to keep everyone happy. You can offer a variety of mini skewers with vegetables, cheese, and cooked meats. Use toothpicks instead of large skewers and make sure that there are several varieties from which to choose. Mini pasxtries are also delicious but you should make sure that you keep the various flavours separate and use toothpick labels too let your guests know what to expect. Cheese platters and crackers with dips like hummus are also excellent options. You may want to keep a spoon or two handy for each dip so that your guests don't dip foods directly into the main bowl. Elegant mini sandwiches can also work very well. Choose several toppings like smoked salmon, cucumber, cheese, ham and cheese, or even egg. Mini meatballs and other small finger foods are also always a great hit. If you want a vegetarian option, you could serve falafel too.

As for sweet treats, you could serve colourful popcorn. For example, pink popcorn for a girl and blue popcorn for a boy. The same goes for cupcakes, biscuits, and other small sweet treats. Cake pops are also a fun a delicious sweet treat that will certainly impress your guests!

Don't forget about the beverages! Coffee, tea, and fresh fruit juice are all excellent. You could even allow your guests to prepare their own smoothies if you have somebody who can rinse the blender in between.

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Some of the most common catering challenges

For the most part, catering an event usually goes off without a hitch. That said, just like in any other business, hiccups can occur. The important thing is to understand, remain calm, and stay confident in your caterer's ability to handle such challenges on the fly. Here are some of the most common challenges faced by catering services and how they can be overcome.

 

Inaccurate guest count

If a couple of extra guests arrive, this is usually not a problem since a professional caterer knows to always include extra food. If a significant number of extra guests show up, your caterer could be faced with some added difficulty. In order to ensure that your caterer has enough time to remedy the situation, it's a good idea to have somebody greet and count your guests as they arrive. This way, you will know as soon as the guest count is significantly over the original number. Your caterer can arrange for some extra dishes to be prepared and served provided they have enough time. If they have any extra food back at their main kitchen, they can send somebody to deliver it before the dining begins. In a pinch, you could even opt to have some ready made salads and side items purchased from a reputable nearby shop. It's not ideal, but it's better than letting your guests go without.

Employees not showing up for work

All businesses can struggle with problematic employees. While this can prove disruptive, a professional catering service usually has extra staff they can call if somebody becomes ill or unable to work on the day. Emergencies can occur and affect anyone at anytime. It's not necessarily a reflection of the professionalism of the caterer but rather a fact of life. Provided the catering service is able to remedy this without causing any inconvenience to their client or the guests, a staff shortage usually goes unnoticed.

Forgetting something important

Catering is not just about the food, but also the tools and equipment needed to serve the food. Forgetting something as simple as a serving spoon can create unnecessary stress. To prevent this from occurring, caterers often have more than one person check the list of items that need to be taken to the event. This same list is used when packing and cleaning up. To ensure that nothing is left behind. It's also a good idea to pack extra just in case.

The key to solving and even preventing these problems is proper planning. Planning in advance ensures that your caterer knows what they need and how much they need too. Proper communication with your catering service is also a great way of ensuring success.

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Common catering pitfalls

Some might say that catering for an event is easy and catering requires no special skills or care. The reality is that preparing a meal for your family is very different from catering for several or several dozen guests. There are a few common mistakes that can occur if certain factors are ignored.

The first common mistake involves the supply of too much or too little food. Whether you choose to serve a buffet or plated meal, it's important to always have extra. You never know how many extra guests may show up. If you are serving a plated meal, the caterer should have enough food for a few extra plates. If you are enjoying a buffets, you should ask them about which foods are the most popular and likely to run out.

An experienced catering service will be able to avoid the second most common pitfall – preparation and cleaning up. An experienced caterer already has a routine when it comes to setting up. This means that they get everything set up quickly and they can easily adapt their setup to suit the venue. Cleaning up is another challenge and it needs to be done just right. Cleaning up should not be left until the end of the night. Dishes will need to be cleared in between courses. Professional caterers know how to do so without disrupting the evening.

Finally, miscommunication is the third most common mistake that can occur when it comes to catering. In order to prevent this, it's a good idea to discuss your needs with a caterer well in advance. Take notes during your initial meeting too. You should then create a written draft of everything you will need. In this draft, you should include the date and time of the event, the number of guests, the address of the event, and the foods. If any of your guests have allergies, this should also be included in the written draft. A couple of weeks prior to the event, you should confirm all the details. If any changes the the guest count, menu, or anything else has to be made, this should also be done in writing so that there is no room for miscommunication. Make sure that the appropriate staff member receives the details and communicates them to the rest of the team.

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