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Getting the catering part of your event right can help every other aspect of your event run smoother and leave your guests feeling more satisfied with their experience. Here is a guide to help you make the right menu choices and implement the best serving plan for your catered event.

What to Serve

The first thing that’ll come to mind is the “what”: What should be served at my event? Here are some things to consider as you answer that question:

 

Timing and Duration

You’ll want to consider what time your event will take place and how long it will run. These factors will determine what sort of food you should offer and possibly how much. If your event will run into dinner time, then a full meal ought to be provided. If it will also run quite late, you’ll want to consider offering a dessert later in the event or adding more courses to the meal.

 

What’s in Season

You’ll definitely want to consider what’s in season when making your menu choices so that the items you choose can actually be prepared. You’ll also want to think about what sort of dishes fit the season. For example, soups and chowders may be best for events in the Fall and Winter months, while sundaes, shakes, and other cold items can be more refreshing in Spring and Summer.

 

Guest Expectations

There’s nothing more frustrating than expecting one thing and getting something completely different. Think about the expectations your guests may have going into your event and how you can meet them. If you think those expectations may not match what you plan to offer, then make sure to communicate this beforehand to keep your guests upbeat and happy throughout the event.

 

Dietary Restrictions

For people without special dietary needs, it’s easy to forget to make accommodations for those who do. It’s important to find out who in your party has dietary restrictions and what those

restrictions are. Then you can discuss this with your caterer to see what options are available. You might be able to provide separate meals to these individuals and remain free of restrictions as you choose the menu for the rest of your guests.

 

How to Serve It

The way you choose to have your food served is just as important as what you serve. There are a few different serving options to choose from and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

 

Plated Meals

With this format, wait staff members bring out carefully crafted plated meals and serve them directly to each guest. With this formal serving option, guests can remain seated and distractions can be minimized, making it the perfect fit for an event centered around a presentation or group of speakers. It also allows for more intimate socializing among table groups for networking events. With plated meals, everything is portioned out evenly so that each guest receives the same amount of food ­ no worrying about some taking too much and others being left without. But if you plan to go with this option, make sure that the venue you choose allows for enough room for wait staff to walk among the tables and perform their job efficiently.

 

Buffet

A buffet allows guests to serve themselves. This can be especially appropriate when catering for a large group of people or when guest arrivals may be more sporadic ­ such as at a wedding reception. With a buffet, you can offer a wider variety of dishes in order to accommodate a wider range of tastes. Anyone who has ever stood in a buffet line, though, knows that it can be painful if it takes too long. Its important with a buffet to plan ahead in order to allow the line to move smoothly and quickly. One way you can do this is by providing a double sided buffet line if you expect more than 75 guests. Or you can provide a separate but identical arrangement on the other side of the room to prevent one single area from becoming too congested. For large crowds, it’s also a good idea to stay away from “build your own” style offerings as these can slow down the procession.

 

Passed Plates

With this format, members of the wait staff walk among guests carrying trays of small snacks or individual parts of a meal that guests can take and add to their plate. This is great for events where the emphasis is on mingling and socializing ­ the food comes to the guests without them needing to worry much about it or stay in one place in order to get it. You also have more control over quantity this way, which can help keep costs down.

We hope your next event is a spectacular one ­ and that you’ll consider us to help it go off without a hitch!

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At Have Party Will Travel, we love to help create memories that will last a lifetime. As a Salt Lake based events planner, we work hard to make sure your wedding day is one you will remember forever. Not only do you want to remember your wedding forever, you also want to make sure you’re not completely stressed about the day in advance. Here are some ways we keep you from becoming a bridezilla and make sure your wedding memories will last forever.

Preferred vendors

At Have Party Will Travel, we have a list of preferred vendors we work with. Since we have a list of trusted businesses, you don’t have to worry about working with businesses that won’t pull through on the big day.

 

Delicious food

At your reception, you want to make sure that your guests are enjoying themselves. Delicious food is half of the enjoyment.

 

We make your dreams a reality 

We know that many future brides have Pinterest boards dedicated to their dream day. We work hard to bring all those pins to life. We bring our connections and experience together to make sure that your special day is as perfect as possible. We take all the stress out of wedding planning so you can focus on your special day.

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When hosting an event, you want to make sure it is memorable. When you hire Have Party Will Travel, we do everything we can to make sure your event is unforgettable. Here are a few ways we make each and every event a memorable one.

 

Venue

Hosting your event at an incredible venue will help make it unforgettable. We are willing to cater an event wherever you’d like or we have a list of incredible venues we already work with. We will work hard to make sure you find the perfect venue for any occasion.

 

Food

Everyone appreciates good food. Serving delicious food will help ensure that people will never forget your event. We have a team of great chefs who create wonderful dishes. All of your guests are sure to find something that they will enjoy. Our chefs can work with your personally to create a customized menu.

 

Decor

Some people may feel overwhelmed with how to set up the venue for their event. We can provide decor that will help liven up any venue you choose.

 

Preferred Vendors

If you are unsure of flowers, photography, or music, we have a list of preferred vendors we have worked with in the past. Their services are excellent and we highly recommend them. With all of the assistance we can provide at Have Party Will Travel, your event is sure to be a memorable one.

 

 

Call us today at 8012698400 to discuss your upcoming event today!

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If you’re planning a get-together soon, Have Party Will Travel can help you figure out all the details.

Summer is here and incorporating fruit details is a must. Fruit helps make a party atmosphere fresh and natural. We’ve rounded up some ideas to help you throw the perfect summer bash.

FRUIT  ICE CUBES

Ingredients:

 

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 6 ounces fresh raspberries
  • Mint sprig

DIRECTIONS

Dissolve sugar in warm water. Stir in lemon juice. Divide fresh raspberries into an ice-cube tray. Place a sprig of mint in each cube. Add lemonade and freeze.

* Other ideas can be found here:

Cucumber-Basil Puree

Orange-Lime Mix

 

 FROZEN YOGURT BITES

Ingredients:

  • 200 g natural yogurt
  • Handful of berries
  • Handful of raspberries

DIRECTIONS

Gather together your ingredients.  Lay out approximately 12 cupcake cases or silicone muffin cups on a small baking sheet or tray.

Using a spoon, dollop some yoghurt into the bottom of each cake case until all the yoghurt has gone.

Pop a few pieces of fruit into each cup, pressing them down into the yoghurt with the tip of your finger.

Place the cups (still on the baking tray) into the freezer and leave to freeze for a couple of hours until set solid. Once frozen through, remove from the cases and serve.

COOKIE CUTTER  FRUIT SALAD

Ingredients:

  • 1 seedless watermelon
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries, quartered
  • Other fruit (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Wash fruit. Slice the watermelon into rounds. Use cookie cutter to cut out shapes and put everything in a serving bowl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Planning a corporate event is a little different than planning your child’s birthday party. While a piñata and chicken nuggets may be a big hit with the kids, they might not go over so well with the executives at your company.

If you are planning any big event such as a corporate party, a wedding, an awards ceremony or whatever else it may be, you may be wondering where to begin. It can be stressful to put together an event for so many people. So here’s a few tips that might help.

 

1) Make sure you know the purpose/goal of the event. A wedding reception is pretty obvious but if your boss tells you to put together a luncheon for the company you need to know why. Is it to boost morale? Is to give training of some kind to the employees on one big setting? Is it to announce some big news? Will there be customers there?

2) Along with the purpose of the event, begin creating an agenda. What exactly is going to happen throughout the event? What will the timeline be like? Answer these questions and put together a timeline for what will happen and when.

3) Come up with a master list. There’s going to be a lot of things you’re going to need to get done leading up to the event so keep a to­do list. You might make smaller lists for the details but think of everything that you want to include at the event and write it down. Then start working towards those goals.

4) Have a budget. Even if it’s a rough one having a budget will give you an idea of how much will be spent when all is said and done. Come up with estimation for everything that will cost money.

5) Pick a day well in advance. If you are scheduling the event give yourself plenty of time to plan it. This will also allow for plenty of publicity leading up to the event. Watch out for other events that may conflict such as other company events or holidays.

6) Once you have the date set, begin the booking process. Location, rentals and other services need to be scheduled as soon as possible to avoid risking their availability. Other things to keep in mind might include catering, tents, tables and chairs, linens, DJ, photographer, decorations, etc. Meet with these people to discuss the details and remain in contact with them as the event approaches.

7) Invite and announce. With a date finalized start doing everything you can to get people there. Depending on the event and your audience send out invitations electronically or through traditional mail or maybe even both. Send reminders if possible and build up your event as much as you can.

These tips may help you put together your event but it can still be a daunting task. Have Party Will Travel is a full service catering and events company. Our dedicated and talented team of event specialists can assist with rental items, linen packages, floral design, décor and theme accents, entertainment, bartending, day­of coordination, and so much more. Check out our website to see what else we do.

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Thank you to everyone who came to the tasting last week at Red Butte Gardens.

We loved talking with you and answering any questions you may have.

Thank you to Red Butte Gardens for having us!

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We enjoyed wonderful music thanks to Take 3,

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 Huge thanks to Kristin from Kristin’s flowers for Gorgeous floral arrangements- You never cease to amaze us!

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And last but certainly not least- Brian Smyer, thank you for taking sensational photos for us once again!

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Mashed Potato Martini Bar

Join us tomorrow for a free tasting at The Vista at Cedar Hills!

Come try our Mashed Potato Martini Bar! Then enjoy some individual cobbler, pie, or cheesecake

while talking with our Event Specialists about your event!

Hope to see you there!

RSVP 801.269.8400

or email us with your name and guest count to

info@havepartywilltravel.com

Mashed Potato Martini Bar

Mashed Potato Martini Bar