This is the weekend when the events staff is allowed to show their skills and their talents. From organizing the gumbo cook off at the tailgate before the big game to making sure that all of the preordered tshirts are ready for the attendees, the events staff is getting ready for one of the biggest weekends of the year.
Homecoming on a college campus often involves football games and tailgating. What many people do not realize, however, that these events also require a level of planning that includes corporate catering for distinguished alumni and plans for events productions that can include everything from parking logistics to parade routes. Making sure that you have all of the pieces in place before the crowds arrive can help you make sure that you are ready to both impress and enjoy.
If you are part of a very small staff, you might want to consider outsourcing some of the planning, especially the meal planning and catering.
Are You Hosting a Big Event in the Upcoming Months?
Finding the right catering company can be a challenge if you are new to event planning. Understanding how to calculate how much food that you need and making sure that you have allowed plenty of time for check in of guests and walking or driving time between events can be a challenge for someone who has never tackled this before.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the planning of catered events and the impact that these services have on the U.S. economy:
- 18 million events and meetings are organized in the U.S. every year.
- As a whole, the U.S. spends more than $122 billion every year in the meetings industry.
- It may come as no surprise that more and more companies are taking the dietary needs of their employees in mind. In fact, 78% of corporations include vegetarian options at their corporate events, according to a Dinova survey.
- 64% of corporations include gluten-free options at their corporate events, according to a Dinova survey.
- 2.6 million people are employed by the U.S. catering industry.
- 74% of respondents said that company holiday parties boost employee morale, according to a survey of 3,600 job seekers from the career network Beyond.
Whether you are looking for catering for a small corporate gathering of 30 managers or you are planning a gumbo tasting tailgate party for hundreds at a football game, knowing when to ask for help is often the difference between a great success and a complete failure.