How To: Organize Like a Caterer

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from hosting dinner parties with my mom and sister is to organize like a caterer.

How To Organize Like a Caterer

Here’s how you do it in three simple steps:

How To Organize Like a Caterer

1. One week before your party, go through your dinnerware to make sure you have enough plates for your guests, and don’t forget about dessert plates! Have a backup plan if you don’t have enough. I like to use large Chinet paper plates in a pinch for large crowds.

How To Organize Like a Caterer

How To Organize Like a Caterer

2. Polish your silverware and glasses so that they’re sparkling clean. That way you are not running around like a mad woman the day of your party polishing and tending to the kitchen!

How To Organize Like a Caterer

How To Organize Like a Caterer

How To Organize Like a Caterer

3. Lastly, and most importantly, plan which platters and serving utensils you need for each dish on your menu. Place them on the buffet table from which you will be serving. For fool-proof buffet service, stick a post-it note on each dish so that you and other family members/sous chefs know where every food item goes.

I hope you are inspired to host your own dinner party. Cheers!

-Meg // peaches & cake

How To Organize Like a Caterer

Bonus tip! Enjoy a glass of wine before guests arrive! You deserve it! 🙂

8 responses to “How To: Organize Like a Caterer

  1. Great tips! Especially the bonus tip!!

  2. I’m never organized enough when I have dinner or cocktail parties, so I take all the advice I can get! These are fabulous tips 🙂


  3. Love these tips! Totally inspired to host a dinner party. It’s one of those things I’ve been longing to do, but the prep work always intimidates me. Bookmarking this post 🙂

    Saguaros & Stilettos

  4. Um you are the cutest ever in that dress and heels. So ladylike. Love this organized post — I could use some of these tips myself!! xo


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