Planning an event and looking for some top tips on how to make it a success? Working closely with a number of clients across an array of industries, we guide them through the event planning mind-field focusing on every element from menu theming to providing posh tents outside should it rain at your summer gathering. There’s a lot to think about and for the novice or even experienced party planner it can be daunting. Every venue is different. Every guest will have a different set of needs and expectations. So how do you keep everyone happy?
Here are our top 3 tips to help you plan a memorable event:
- Keep it simple not boring – event catering is very different to restaurant dining. A hot, fluffy, perfectly risen soufflé is fine to do but it’s a bit of a different ball game for 500 guests… Keeping menus simple ensures the quality on large capacity events is still achieved. Cold starters work really well as they can accommodate impromptu speeches while also looking absolutely beautiful! How about our ‘Kent cauliflower panna cotta with Cornish cured lamb, summer leaves and flowers, black olive crumbs, seeded flatbread and olive oil’ anyone?
- Make sure it tastes good – use fresh and seasonal ingredients, not only are you doing the planet a favour but they also taste considerably better. Tastings should always be done with your event manager ahead of any large scale event as it gives the opportunity to play around with different flavours and cooking techniques. Our recent addition of a Sous Vide (effectively a water oven) has been a total game changer for many of our meat dishes.
- Tweak ‘standard’ menus to fit in with current trends or theming – event food is cool, so keep it current and creative with your own tweaks and touches to fit in with your branding.
Below is a perfect example of theming at its best. We recently covered a Sicilian themed 21st birthday at Holland Park. Check out the gorgeous use of colour in these 3 dishes and how it really conjures up the true Italian spirit from The Med. It really served to evoke memories of home for the guests.
Organise, organise, organise!
Organisation and starting your prep early is the real key to successful event planning. We usually meet with our clients several weeks in advance so we can gain a true understanding of the requirements. This then gives our team an insight into what you want. We can then recommend venues from our list, arrange tours, draft menus, prepare tastings and ensure everything will be at its best for your occasion.
If you want to hear more about our approach to event planning or arrange a tour at any of the venues listed here, please contact the team today on 0207 731 5282 or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credit goes to Matt Chung for the photography featured above.