Arranging a party can be a lot of hard work, especially if you're going to be entertaining a large number of guests. You can relieve yourself of some of the pressure involved by ordering prepared party platters from retailers or local caterers. A range of companies offer party food ranging from canapes and sandwiches to fully-prepared meals that can be delivered to your door or collected locally.
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Start thinking about the food you're going to require for your bash as soon as possible. Most party platter ordering services will need two days notice at the very least, but some will require considerably longer. The sooner you can get your menu organised, the better.
Check out the party platters available from large retailers such as Marks and Spencer, Waitrose and Tesco. Alternatively, take a look in your local business listings to find catering companies that may be able to supply you with the snacks you need for your do.
Assess the quality and price of the finger food on offer from different platter providers. As this can be tough going by website images alone, especially when looking at products from supermarket giants that employ food stylists and photographers, search out online reviews from people who have used platter ordering services. Some large retailers even allow customers to leave feedback on their sites. If you have friends and acquaintances who enjoy entertaining, ask them for pointers on local caterers that provide good quality party food.
Establish what delivery options your preferred purveyors of party platters offer. Most local caterers will deliver, but the options available from large retailers will depend on where you live. Some party food services from supermarkets are only available in certain areas, while others offer in-store pick-ups.
Place your order with the party food provider of your choice, making sure you're well within its booking deadline. You may need to order online, over the phone or by handing a completed order form to a member of staff at a local store, depending on the service you use. If you're expecting guests with keen appetites, you may want to take the suggested serving numbers with a pinch of salt and over-order. It will be better to have too much food than too little.
Tips and warnings
- Allow yourself plenty of time to decant your party food onto your own crockery if you'd like to hoodwink your guests into believing you prepared the delicacies on offer.
- Be conscious of the needs of guests who have special dietary requirements.
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