Creating Themed Catered Events

by on May 2, 2011 Filed under Catering Tips

Creating Themed Catered Events

Catered events should always provide outstanding food and service, but they also need excitement and drama. So, themed events are very popular. A theme party can transport the attendees to another dimension, another place and time, away from the mundane and ordinary world. Themed events create a magical space of fantasy and fun. Caterers have the opportunity to show their creativity and expertise by developing customized, one-of-a-kind themed events for their clients.

Do Your Homework

Before planning a themed event, it is necessary to know the reason for the event and who will be attending the party. The demographics (age, gender, income, ethnicity, etc.) and psychographics (lifestyles) of the attendees will influence what would be appropriate.

The bride wants a perfect wedding to remember; the association meeting planner wants a spectacular closing event to wow the convention attendees; the corporation wants to impress current and potential clients.

Some attendees may not be able to tell you what they had to eat the day before. What they do remember, though, sometimes for years to come, is creative themes, unique presentations, and outstanding entertainment. Themed events create memories.

Theme parties are events that tie in:

  • Creativity
  • Food
  • Beverage
  • Entertainment
  • Decor
  • Activities

Event elements include:

  • Fun
  • Flavor
  • Excitement
  • Action
  • Color
  • Sound
  • Entertainment
  • Showmanship
  • Surprise

A caterer should strive to involve all of the five senses: sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. The key is to involve and excite the attendees. Guests like interactive events. As themes are limited only by your imagination (and sometimes by the budget), these types of events provide great opportunities to showcase your creativity and style.

Recently there has been a trend of producing themed events that focus on regional foods and seasonal approaches. Much of this stems from the green movement on utilizing local foods and sustainable practices.

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