Let’s talk food. After all, it sustains us, but even more importantly, it can be the centerpiece of a party when done well—or the talking point for weeks after, if it’s poorly planned. If you have an upcoming event, a bit of planning with the right caterer can have a huge impact on how successful your event is, so it’s important to know what you need. Before you start planning a six-course plated meal for your business lunch, learn a bit more about the standard catering options and how to plan the right food for your event.


Small Bites

Sometimes, you just need some nibbles to keep your guests content through an event rather than a full meal. If this is the case, talk to your caterer about an array of different appetizers if you want to provide food without supplying a full meal. Appetizers can either be laid out in trays along a buffet table or passed on trays by catering staff, depending on the formality of your event. Buffet appetizers are great for wedding or baby showers while passed appetizers are more fitting of a black-tie event or a more formal evening affair.


Kicking Off the Party

For longer events, it often makes sense to spread the catering out across the full event rather than sending it all out at once. Get your guests ready for the full spread by starting with a few passed appetizers—this can be a great way to avoid everyone rushing the buffet as soon as the food is served. Weddings, anniversary celebrations, and holiday parties often come with a crowd of folks ready to eat, so starting with apps can help soothe the ferocious hunger and keep everyone happy.

Buffet vs. Sit-Down Meal

Generally, choosing between a buffet-style service and a sit-down meal will depend on the tone you want to set for your event. Full meals are generally expected at any event taking place during standard meal times, whether that means a business lunch, an awards ceremony, a church picnic, or an evening party. Unless you specify otherwise on your invitations, if your event happens when most people eat, your guests will show up expecting to be fed.


Choosing between buffet and sit-down comes down to a question of formality, size of the gathering, and budget. For example, a business lunch for a dozen people is generally a small enough event that a plated meal makes more sense than a buffet. On the other hand, a wedding with 300 guests may require a buffet in order to stay within budget. If you’re not sure which style will better support your event, your catering company can help guide you. Be prepared with the number of expected guests, location, and event type when you call and an experienced caterer can guide you.


If you’re searching for catering in Kennesaw, contact Elevation today! Our experienced catering team is here to help you through every step of the process, from menu planning to day-of service. If you need an event space to go with your meal, ask about using one of our party rooms and enjoy your restaurant favorites as part of your party catering. Submit your catering request online or give us a call to get started!