A party is incomplete without food. Since your event will be for only one day, you don’t have to buy the caterers equipment. All you need to do is to visit the local caterers equipment rentals and place your order.
Just like when renting other party supplies, start your research early enough (at least three months before the party date). This way, you will have enough time to visit different companies and see what they have.
The catering equipment you need for your party varies depending on the type of party you are having. While this is the case, there are several equipments you need for the party to be a success, and they include:
Your table setting should consist of both functional and decorative elements. If catering a sit-down meal, you need bread plates, dinner plates, and salad plates. If you are serving a soup course, have soup bowls in place.
You will also need wine and water glasses if serving wine and coffee cups if serving coffee. Other things you should have include: water carafes, bread plates, and cutlery if you want it set.
You won’t be placing the equipment on a bare table so you will need napkins, tablecloths, and centrepieces. It’s also wise to include a few extras such as sugar, pepper, and butter.
For a great experience, display the equipment attractively. Remember, it’s common for guests to come over with their friends, so it’s always wise to have a few extra items. Wine and water glasses also easily break, and you have to replace them.
If having your event in a buffet style, you need to have buffet equipment. Some of the equipment you need include:
- Chafing dishes and fuel cells to keep the chafing dishes going
- Match or lighter to get the equipment started
- Tongs and large spoons for serving
- Sharp knife
- Cutting board for ham, roast beef, or turkey
- Serving baskets
- Serving utensils and dishcloths
- Dinner plates and rolled silverware
You should note it’s common for items to drop and break when setting up a buffet so always have a few extra items in hand. Also, remember the buffet tables need decorations. Choose those that match the party theme.
Beverage bar equipment
For you to ensure efficient handling of drinks, you need a beverage station at your party. The equipment you need include:
- Air pots for coffee
- Iced tubs for cold beverages
- Decaf backups for those that don’t like caffeine
- An assortment of coffee cups, glasses, or mugs
- A variety of cocoa, sugar, tea, and dairy packets
- Jugs and straws
- Napkins and basket
Don’t forget to place a tidy wastebasket in a nearby area for guests to toss their trash.
Serving equipment makes it easy for you to distribute drinks and food for the guests. The equipment you need include: bus bins, serving trays, and water pitchers. If having plenty of guests over, you need extra bus tubs to hold the dirty dishes after clearing each serving.
Sometimes you need additional equipment for your party. You need Cambro or other types of insulated container to keep the hot foods hot and the cold food cold regardless of whether you are serving indoors or outside.
When serving cold food, consider having a cooler in place.
Don’t forget to take along garbage bags to hold disposable containers and dirty linens. You also should have paper towels, hand sanitizer, tin foil, and plastic wrap.
What should you consider when hiring catering equipment?
For you to hire the right equipment, you need to consider plenty of factors that include:
Quality: How the catering equipment looks has a great impact on the look of your party and the experience you give your guests. For a great experience, ensure the equipment is of high quality. In addition to the equipment giving your event an elegant look, it also doesn’t break.
Quality products are always associated with quality companies, so ensure the party rentals Rockland NY company you are renting from is reputable and has good quality products.
Insurance: It’s common for glasses and other delicate party items to break during the event. To avoid paying hefty amounts of money to replace the broken pieces, work with an insured company. This way, you are sure that when a given item breaks, the company will take care of it.