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  • Writer's pictureLorna I. Robins

It's August & Festive Party Planning Season: Now is the time to start booking Christmas Parties

People at a Christmas Party Clinking their glasses together in celebration
Christmas Party Catering

It sounds mad doesn't it and every year it feels like Christmas is in the shops long before we want to really think about it. But the Festive Season is the most important part of our religious calendar for many religions, not just Christian faiths. Even people who are not religious will still celebrate the season, gift giving and tree trimming and the like and of course indulging in festive delights, the kind we look forward to all year. Are you planning a Christmas party or festive soiree this year? Do you think you'll buy your catering the week before your party? Here is why you should get your booking in now.

So, when should you book your Festive Parties:

When it comes to booking your Christmas party catering, "the sooner, the better" is the way to go. Don't wait and certainly don't expect to get the caterer you want at a moment's notice during the busiest catering season of the whole year. As the holiday season approaches, caterers' schedules will fill up quickly due to such high demand. Waiting until the last minute will lead to limited options and a lot of stress. To secure the caterer of your choice, it's best to start your search and make a booking as early as possible. Many caterers begin accepting bookings several months in advance, so don't hesitate to get in touch and discuss your requirements well ahead of time. Bookings on the first of January for the Next New Year's Eve is not unheard of.

Popular festive dates:

Certain dates during the holiday season are exceptionally popular. These include weekends in December and dates close to and on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. As you can imagine, these dates tend to fill up rapidly, leaving you with fewer options if you delay your booking. If you have a specific date in mind for your Christmas party, mark it on your calendar have a conversation with your caterer now, today and get your date in the diary.

Christmas Fairy lights backdrop and in the forground a steaming turkey on a bed of green and christmas decorations surround it
Christmas Turkey Dinner

Securing your best choice:

Caterers that specialize in holiday events start receiving bookings in July, August, or September, clients are essentially reserving a spot on the caterer's calendar while they still have availability. This is when well-organised party planners get their dates booked as it gives them access to a wider selection of caterers, allowing them to choose the one that perfectly aligns with their preferences, budget, and they get to book their favourite menu. It also allows them to secure preferred dates without the constraints of the busy December calendar.

What do you do if you left it late:

Still ask the caterer if they have availability, every December is different, we have 4 delivery slots on New Year's Eve and 2 years in a row one slot was open, it's unusual but it does happen and you just might get lucky.

This was a short and sweet ramble as to why you shouldn't wait, but it's because as a caterer I see time and time again our calendar booking up in August, September and October and everyone who are last-minute planners missing out on their desired dates and this has led to people booking a year in advance so they don't make the same mistake the following year.

Blog post by Lorna Robins at Buffet Heroes,

a family catering business in Stockport.

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