If you have ever had to come up with a menu plan, shop for the food, prepare the meal, and then make sure it is served on time for a birthday party or other big gathering, you will know how big of an undertaking this really is. Now think about the task of doing this on a larger scale like a family reunion or wedding. It is monumental at best. A caterer can make this process much easier as they do all of the work for you.
A catering service, or even a large catering hall, will sit down with you and talk about the type of event that you are going to be holding. It doesn't matter if it is a wedding reception, a family reunion, a business luncheon, or some other grand celebration, the catering company can help alleviate much of the stress of planning the food. They will also give opinions according to their experience and expertise.
The catering service will also take care of all the food preparation. This means that they will shop for the food, plan the menu, prepare the food, and even serve it if that would be your desire. Of course, a catering company will also set up a buffet style presentation is that is also desired.
While these reasons are alone enough to hire a catering company for your next event the biggest plus is found in what happens after the meal. Most catering companies will clean up the dishes, the tables, and the linens and take them away to be cleaned at their business site. Also, if you are holding a large event at your home, the catering company will do most of the preparation off site to minimize clutter and cleaning at your house.
Hiring a catering service or renting a catering hall will be a tremendous help while you prepare for a big event or party. The costs can be negotiated, but is also going towards the time you save for not having to prepare everything.