MERIDITH'S CORPORATE BUSINESS CATERING
BUSINESS MEETING PLANNING ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS
By Stu Leventhal (Philadelphia Restaurant Consultant)
Spring is in the air Philadelphia and that means it is corporate event season in the City of Brotherly Love. Meridith’s Catering has been feeding employees at company events for eleven years through good times and the recession so they have seen a lot and learned a lot. The following event planning tips will help any company pull off a better meeting, convention or awards banquet even on a tight budget!
These coming months are the busiest in Philadelphia for company outings, trade shows, educational seminars and award banquets. So, the first Meridith’s Corporate Catering Tip is to be sure to set your date and time then reserve everything you need early! This is also wedding season and graduation time so if you need a special day and time reserve now! Reserve any equipment or rooms, order your catering early and announce the function to all you wish to attend so people commit to your event before someone else’s comes up.
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Sure during the summer months banquet rooms and meeting room facilities are discounted because people can use the great outdoors for a lot of functions. But, if your meeting or conference is important you do not want to wait for that small off season discount. Remember, summer time is when most people go on vacation. You want clients and crew members to attend your function otherwise you would not be going to all the trouble of planning an event. But only the really dedicated will cancel or bother to reschedule their cruise for a company gathering!
Meridith’s Corporate Dining and Catering Tip #2
If your employees hate going to meetings, you and your company are not alone. Heck every professional has attended company meetings that are a drag and considered a complete waste of time by most. Employees want to attend meetings that are meaningful and that means you as host or hostess have to change the itinerary up now and gain to keep their attention spans. Mix in some things that are unique and unexpected to keep everyone alert and stimulate their minds. When you have important info to relay to your troops, it is worth the extra effort to take the time before hand to really plan out something special that shows you are serious about this gathering. Show you put some extra thought into it this time and they will notice!
One of the easiest ways to get your team’s attention, win over their appreciation and have everyone looking forward to every meeting you host is to treat them to Meridith’s Catering! A healthy pre-meeting breakfast spread will assure everyone arrives on time. Tasty, healthy refreshments mid-meeting will perk everyone up and put the smiles on their faces especially after a lot of serious number crunching discussions. Following the first half of your meeting itinerary with a delicious, nutritious luncheon shows how important you feel the gathering is and more importantly sends a message that you really value your guests and attendees!
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Now that we have talked you into treating your employees and guests to the best corporate catering in Philly; Meridith’s Corporate Catering and Business Event’s would like to share their successful event planning blue print with you. Because, Meridith’s Catering wants your business meetings and events to be successful, that is how Meridith’s business grows!
4 Key Ways To Ensure That Your Event Will Go As Planned
When you are trying to plan a great event, you want everything perfect so that it all goes as planned. You have to plan where you are going to have the event, the theme, the decorations, the food, the caterers (Meridith’s), entertainment if necessary, the supplies and the budget. You need to make sure that you stay within a budget, but still get everything done. This may not always be easy and in fact you will have to work hard at it to make sure that your event does go the way that you are hoping and there are no hitches.
If this is your first event planning, you are probably already all worked up. But, as long as you have the right materials and the work ethic to do this, you and your guests are going to have a great and successful time.
There are four essential ways to ensure that your event will go off smoothly and everyone will enjoy themselves just as you have planned. You will first want to make a budget. Once you know how much you can afford to spend on this special occasion, you will then be able to plan out all that you have to spend on your purchases. This will give you some kind of start so that you can follow through on it. It is very important to stick to your budget so that you are not forced to go over and have to find ways to pay the extra cost.
Once you have the budget in place you will want to make a list. This is the second way to ensure that everything goes as planned. Once you have the list of all the materials and things that you need to plan out, you will then be on your way to making the most of your special occasion. You will want to figure out the different things that you will need and then go from there. This will be the best way to make sure that you are getting good deals on all the things that you are in need of.
Make sure that you are checking things off of your list as they are done. You will want to do this so that you are not forgetting to take care of something and this will help you leave nothing undone. You will find that planning out your event will go a lot easier and quicker when you have a great plan to move along with. This will be a very good way to stay organized and on track.
The third way to ensure that your event goes as planned is to make sure that you have a lot of help. Ask for volunteers! You do not want to take on all the challenges of running an event yourself. You want to have as much help as you can so that you are able to make the most of your special day. You want to have friends and co-workers help you out as much as possible as well as even hiring some extra hands to get everything done perfectly for you.
Your assistants will also help keep an eye on things at the event. They can watch over and make sure that all is running smoothly and if there is a problem, they can try and fix it before you even find out about it. They will be your support and also take some of the stress off of you when show time comes.
The fourth way to make sure that you are succeeding with your planned event is to have a lot of patience. You do not want to get yourself worked up too much. You want to make sure that you are calm and collected so that you can handle any problems that may come up during the event. You will feel better and be able to relax when you are in control of the situation. This is something that a lot of people do not do and they will find that they have no fun at their own party!
One pitfall to avoid, is relaxing too far in advance. A lot of people will plan an event so far ahead that they think that they can take it easy the day before or even the day of the party or event. You need to realize that is when most of the hardest work needs to take place. When you find extra time to relax, make your phone calls to your helpers. Make sure that everyone is on the same page so that when show day comes you are not all running around like a chickens with their heads cut off. You want the day of the event to move at a relaxed, well organized pace because you were on top of things the few days before.
You did all this planning and hard work and you should be able to enjoy it as much as you can. Calm down and have patience. Things are going to go wrong and there is nothing that you can do about it. All you can do is work through it and hope for the best. Have confidence in yourself and your helpers.
Don’t skimp when planning a business related meeting or gathering!
Meridith’s Catering offers many affordable options for large corporate gatherings. You want people to listen during your meeting, appreciate all your hard work and take things seriously and that can only be accomplished by you taking your attendees and guests seriously and appreciating them. Upgrade your events! Show your clients and colleagues how much you appreciate them! Call Meridith’s Corporate Caterers today to book your next corporate catered meal!
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