When you’re planning a conference or event, food and beverage are essential items to plan for. Here are some tips to keep in mind when creating the menu for your special event.

Budget Accordingly

Like most aspects of event planning, the first step should always be reviewing your budget. It’s important to know your limit before you start selecting different dishes for your menu, lest you overspend. Several online budget planners can be great resources for this step.

Number of Guests

The size of your guest list is also something crucial to take into account when planning your menu. A bigger group means more meals. If you have extra room in your budget, consider an extra snack break or springing for more impressive dishes.

Serving Style

How you want to cater your meal will help determine what type of food makes it onto the menu. If you want cocktail style catering, quick eats like sliders and skewers might be the way to go. For plated dinners, the options are a bit more varied, but expensive.

Seasonal Foods

Depending on what time of year the event is, certain foods might be in season. Events in the spring might feature a menu with root vegetables and seasonal fruit. As an added bonus, using locally sourced, seasonal vegetables and fruit adds an eco-friendly twist to your menu.

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