CATERED DOESN'T ALWAYS MEAN "FORMAL"
Looking for alternatives to traditional full-service catering? We've got ideas for making entertaining less expensive! Catering for parties and events doesn't necessarily mean that they have to be sit-down, formal affairs with full service.
Partial catering (or "partial-service catering"), that is incorporating catered food into an event (whether from a caterer or a restaurant that caters), can be an inexpensive alternative to full service catering or doing all the cooking yourself.
Our site provides practical information about catering alternatives, from partial catering to inexpensive and fun potluck ideas. In addition to our caterer directory, Cateror.com has advice and tips to help make everyday entertaining easy, enjoyable, and — most importantly — affordable.
If you're having a special event of any size — a wedding reception for 100 people, a cocktail party for 50, a birthday barbeque for 20, or a potluck dinner for 10 — the hardest decision is who's going to do the cooking.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE?
There are four basic choices for event/party food: cook it yourself, buy pre-cooked or pre-made food and serve it, have it fully or partially catered, or host it as a potluck dinner where each guest brings a dish.
The trick is finding balance. Each option for event food has its own cost in money, time, and effort. But with a little research and some creativity, you can have the party you want at a cost you can afford.
Remember, catering doesn't have to cost a fortune, and potlucks don't have to be boring!