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Enjoy Your Own Party!
Calling in a caterer is as close as you can come to being a guest at your own party. To make the process as efficient as possible, Serena Thompson, founder of The Farm Chicks in Mead, Washington, advises: “Either have a clear idea of the direction you’d like your menu to go, or hire a caterer you trust to entirely plan the menu. If you’re indecisive or unclear, you’re going to spend a lot of time working out the details.” Also key to a smooth event: Identify beforehand what your caterer will need—the type of space, serving dishes, etc.—so the problems don’t have to be solved once they arrive. And be sure to nail down what the servers will wear, that cleanup is part of the deal, and whether leftover food will go into your fridge, or be delivered to a soup kitchen.