To sit or not to sit, that is the question! Deciding the best style of catering for your special occasion may feel a little daunting. To help relieve the overwhelm, and replace it with some clarity, we’ve come up with a list of the upsides of seated and cocktail dining so you can get down to the fun part of creating your dream menu!
A Captive Audience: During a seated service, your guests are a captive audience, which provides greater control over the timing of your event, allowing you to schedule precisely when your guests will receive their food, and allocate time for any speeches, toasts or presentations.
Formal Elegance: Choosing a seated dining concept for your function imparts a feeling of elegance and formality, which is sure to create a lasting impression for your guests.
A Comfortable Seat: Offering guests the comfort of a seat while they enjoy their meal means they’re not on their feet for the duration of your event. This is especially important for events such as weddings or conferences where guests may appreciate the chance to rest after a long day, or before hitting the dancefloor!
Creative Dining Options: A traditional plated service will never go out of fashion, but that’s not the only option. Shared table banquets (see our Garden, Grill & Guilt menu) are also a popular choice. This style of dining offers great variety for guests, adds a more casual feel to a seated service, and encourages conversation across the table as everyone passes and shares the dishes on offer.
Party Atmosphere: Stand-up dining is a fun and social way to enjoy a meal and suits a variety of occasions. Cocktail style celebrations allow guests to mingle and enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed atmosphere.
More Guests: Without the need for as much furniture as a seated function, cocktail service means there’s more room to accommodate your guests. This also relieves you of the unenviable task of creating a seating plan!
Easier On The Budget: With less staff required to coordinate and run a stand-up function, costs are generally lower, depending on your final menu choices.
Variety: Cocktail menus offer a greater variety of dishes to your guests, providing exciting colours, flavours, and textures, to cater for varied and individual tastes.
Switch It Up?
If you can’t decide between the two, why not choose both? Integrating a period of cocktail service is easy, and a great way to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Welcome canapes are a fabulous way for guests to enjoy a period of cocktail service on arrival, which can tame their initial hunger, and provide some time to circulate prior to being seated.
Or perhaps you could offer a roving dessert, which could be a selection of sweet canapes, or a version of your chosen plated dessert presented in a stand-up friendly dessert jar. This is often a great alternative for those arranging a wedding, for example, who would like to maximise time on the dance floor, but still see their guests enjoy a delicious dessert.
Our menus are flexible and interchangeable meaning there are countless options for creating your dream menu. Our focus is on listening to your requirements, and working closely with you to design a menu and timeline that is in keeping with the style, mood and theme you envisage for your special occasion.
For more information, or to obtain a quote, please contact us. We look forward to cooking for you!