There is a big difference between a good party and a great party, and yet bridging that distance usually only takes one small step. That is when the host or hostess of a party goes from being occupied all night long to being able to relax and enjoy him or herself with their guests. The biggest thing by far that keeps a host running is the food, and hiring a catering company to handle all the food concerns can help anyone take that small step.
One thing that makes everyone tense and on edge is when they see anyone else who already seems stressed out. It is human nature to react that way, because we want to be alert if there is a stressful situation and we need to respond. Naturally, this is a much bigger deal, say, when out taking a walk in the woods then it is when the host is concerned that the appetizers are burning or no one is touching the dessert, but it is something that is going to happen. Unfortunately, the goal of the party is for people to relax, and while most people will still have a good time in spite of a ruined soufflé, there will still be something missing.
If how the food turns out and what is and is not being eaten is concern number one for most hosts when throwing a party, then concern one-A is the fear that they are not going to have enough food for everyone. This actually happens less than most people fear, because they feared it so much they bought twice as much food as they needed. It is a common mistake; people do not normally shop for fifty of their friends at a time, but caterers do. They know what people typically eat during every type of party, which is why some of the first questions they ask include how many people, how long will they be there, what time of day and what type of event the party will be.
A professional catering company takes care of everything that is connected with presenting the food at a party. This means they will do all the shopping, prepping, cooking, plating, serving and cleaning. A caterer is not there to work with you, to be your assistant in the kitchen and - no offense - they certainly do not need your help. This is what they do for a living. They know they were hired so the host and hostess could relax and enjoy themselves. As the holiday season approaches and people begin planning their parties, call up a catering company and have them do the honors. That way you can take one small step for hosting that gives your party the giant leap from good to great.
Jack Terry is a freelance writer who has been covering the Food and Beverage industry for 20 years. http://www.osorioslatinfusion.com