When it comes to catering an event, it can be stressful, especially since you want to be sure that nothing that you pay for goes to waste. It can sometimes feel impossible to determine how much food and drinks you actually need. However, there are a few tips to use when it comes to using portion control when catering. Here are a few that can help you:

  1. Use the Averages: When you are catering an event, use all of the averages to determine how many guests you should be planning on having in attendance. First off, take the number of guests that have RSVP’d and use the averages to determine how many will actually show up. Also, take into account whether or not you are hosting your event on a weekend or weekday, which can make a difference in the amount of people that actually show. On top of that, be sure that you understand that more guests will show up if the guests had to pay for tickets to get in.
  2. Cut Back on Breakfast Foods: If you are hosting your event in the morning, keep in mind that many people are aware and cautious of their intake of carbs and excess calories in the morning. This means you should cut back on the amount of pastries that you have and instead fill up on the coffee, tea, and other beverages. Besides, before leaving the house, many people eat breakfast, which means their appetite won’t be that heavy anyway. 
  3. Plated is Actually More Affordable: Many people believe that buffets are more affordable than having plated meals. However, this actually isn’t the case. When it comes to serving a buffet, more food is prepared since portions aren’t taken into consideration, which then leads to a great deal of waste.
  4. Limit the Bar Service: If you are going to have drinking at your event, you may have a difficult time determining whether or not you should have an open bar. Usually, the best option, especially if you are on a tight budget is to have a ticket system. This is where you give each guest a ticket or two for a free drink. After that, the guests will pay for their own drinks if they want more.

By ensuring that you take precautions when it comes to catering your event, you will not only save money, but cut out on waste as well.