5 Ways Catering Can Make Your Party Planning a Breeze

Want to impress your guests at every event you host? Let Cafesano in Northern Virginia handle the catering for you.


What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “catering?” You are probably picturing a wedding or a large business meeting of some sort.  While these types of events do frequently utilize catering, there are many other smaller occasions when a caterer can lend you a helping hand.



Consider Catering for Family Events

catering for family eventsWhether it’s watching the Olympics, hosting a baby shower or celebrating grandma’s birthday, don’t hesitate to ask your favorite restaurant to take care of the food. Consider this:


Catering is not as expensive as you may think.

In fact, you often get more value for your money when you place a catering order versus buying ingredients and cooking from scratch. Of course, you have to choose your caterer wisely.   At Cafesano, our regular customers come back to us because our catering menu is not only flavorful and unique – it’s also affordable and healthy and we offer convenient and inexpensive delivery options around Northern VA. Remember, you are paying not only for the food, but also for the free time you get from not having to cook, which brings us to the next point.


Catering saves time.

Spend the night before your event picking an outfit or getting your beauty sleep – not driving to the food store to pick up more eggs because you ran out. Your daily life is busy enough without the added stress of party planning and cooking. Worry about the important things and leave the food preparation to us. At Cafesano we’ve made the process even simpler with our new online ordering system.  Check it out at www.cafesano.com.


Enjoy the party as much as your guests do.

Running between the front door and the kitchen is not anyone’s idea of a good time, is it? When you let someone else take care of the food, you get to embrace your role as a hostess rather than juggling between being a cook and a waiter the entire evening. Go mingle, laugh and be in the photos for once – it’s your party after all.


Take the guesswork out of how much food to serve.

If you entertain only occasionally, figuring out how much food to prepare is always a problem. Have you ever hosted a party where you ended up with way too many leftovers? Or even worse, ran out of food halfway through the event? A professional caterer can eliminate these worries for you, because we know from experience how to plan for groups of all sizes, ages and appetites.


Know that 100% of your menu will turn out delicious.

Have you ever had to apologize to your guests for an over-salted casserole or brownies that came out too dry? Do you recall hastily disposing of burned appetizers and pretending they were never on the menu? You’ll avoid awkward moments like these when you order catering from a restaurant that serves food you’ve enjoyed and love. Cafesano’s menu items regularly win rave reviews from our customers and if you want to order something you’ve never had before, ask for a sample – we’ll make sure you’re happy with everything before you place your order.


Call for catering the next time you host any of the following events:


Sporting Events on TV

Whether it’s NFL or NBA finals, you’ll enjoy the game more when you’ve got friends watching it with you. Go with catering and you won’t miss any important catches or funny commercials while you are running to the kitchen to check on the oven.


Our recommendations: Greet your guests with our delicious dips—our Hummus and Avocado Dip are two favorites. After they’ve worked up a big appetite cheering on their favorite team, use the halftime to serve up heaping platters of our warm Italian Meatball, Roasted Turkey BLT and Caprese Panins. Add another platter of our flavorful Wraps. Serve the Chicken Shawarma, Roasted Turkey Pesto and Hummus & Greek Salad wraps and you can bet your house will be the favorite “go to” place for every TV get-together.


Baby Showers

Give the mother-to-be a lasting memory with a book full of great advice. Purchase a blank baby-themed book in the scrapbooking aisle of your local crafts store, then ask guests to share something they’ve learned from raising their own children or from the way their parents raised them.


Our recommendations: Since many of the guests (including the expectant mom) may be watching their weight, a light meal will appeal to most guests. You can’t go wrong with Cafesano’s Signature Salad (dressing on the side), and Grilled Skewers of marinated chicken, steak or seasoned shrimp, served with our fresh Fruit Kabobs. Since cakes are a thing of the past, order up a tray of our delicious Baklava for something a little different.


Children’s Birthday Party

While most kids love birthday parties, they can be rather stressful for the parents. Reduce the stress by limiting the number of guests and setting a definite pickup time if parents aren’t staying.


Our recommendations: Keep the food simple. Most kids love pizza, so get a basic cheese pizza for the youngsters and give their parents more sophisticated choices like our Margherita, Arrabbiata or Carne Amante pizzas. (Cleanup is easy with pizza, too!)


Wedding Anniversary

To make your wedding anniversary even more special, ask your guests to bring some photos of you and your spouse (those from a while back would be most welcome). Have a special bulletin board where they can be pinned up for everyone to enjoy. Take some photos at the party, and then create a collage from both old and new pictures to keep as a dear memory.


Our recommendations. When your extended family come together to celebrate a special milestone like a 10th or 20th wedding anniversary, you want to serve food that’s warm and satisfying.  Our popular pastas will fit the occasion perfectly, whether you choose Penne Arrabbiata, Penne with Basil Pesto, Pasta Marina or our signature Lasagna. Add a Caesar and Signature Salad Bowl and end the evening with a tray of Cannoli.


Girls Night In

Skip the chick flicks and plan an activity that will get everyone talking and laughing. Ask your guests to bring a board game that they loved when they were kids (and have a few of the old favorites such as Life and Sorry on hand).


Our recommendations: Finger foods are a good choice since your guests can enjoy them between talking and playing games. Falafel, Spinach Pie, Tomato or Avocado Bruschetta and any of our dips all go great with any type of wine.


So, next time you’re planning a party, don’t make a grocery list – just call Cafesano and save yourself time and stress with our delicious and affordable catering in Northern Virginia. The possibilities and combinations are endless and don’t forget to enlist the help of our catering coordinators who will ensure your party is a success!


At what other types of events have you found catering to be helpful?


10 thoughts on “5 Ways Catering Can Make Your Party Planning a Breeze

  1. I didn’t know that we often get a better value when you place a catering order. I think that if you are trying to save money then you might want to make a plan for your event. I think that if you choose not to cater then you might want to look for good deals.

  2. We’ve been considering catering for my daughter’s reception. I agree that it’s nice to have one less thing on the to-do list because there’s always so much to worry about already! It would be nice to have someone with more experience figure out how much food to prepare. And it’s always nice to know what you’re getting before you get it when it comes to food.

    • Hi Gina,

      Congratulations to your daughter! We agree – you already have a lot to worry about when hosting a party. Catering your party is a great way to take some additional stress off your plate — and add some yummy food to your plate! 🙂

  3. I liked that you pointed out that you can get a sports event that is on tv catered. That would make watching the super bowl so much easier. It seems like you can use catering for a lot more things than one would think.

  4. Thanks for pointing out that using a caterer for you event means you can enjoy the party and focus on being the host, instead of trying to juggle those responsibilities with the food-related responsibilities. My husband and I will be moving away soon and want to throw a party with our friends before we go. I’d hate to be distracted by the food, so I think I’ll take your advice and hire a caterer for the event.

  5. I like what you said about mingling during a party, rather than worrying about the food. Hiring a catering company is a good move in order to save time spent planning and cooking. I’ll be sure to find the best catering company in my area next time I plan a large event.

  6. You make a good point when you mention how catering can save you time since you do not have to worry about food preparation. My wife wants to plan a party for some of her co-workers and wants to what kind of food she should have there. I’ll let her know that she should find a catering company so that she can focus on planning the rest of the party.

  7. I agree that one can enjoy the party and focus on being the guests when hiring a caterer service. My sister wants to plan her daughter’s birthday, and she will be inviting a ton of people. Since it will be a huge party, I will recommend her hiring a catering company to help her host the party.

  8. My family wants to start planning my sister’s baby shower that will be happening around mid-July. Thanks for point out that we might want to consider having some foods that the younger kids will like as well. It might be smart for us to talk to a caterer about foods that will be good for kids and adults. That way, there will be something there that anyone will enjoy.

  9. Thank you for sharing this information. I couldn’t agree more with hiring a caterer to save time and money. During events, we just want to focus on entertaining our guests and let the caterers do the food service.

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