That's why we're here! We're experts in making sure that everything works together. From choosing the right caterer, to enhancing the decor and atmosphere, to determining the perfect menu and the best way to serve it. Contact one of our special event coordinators to get started planning your flawless event.
Consider the caterer's specialty. Impressions Catering specializes in larger scale events and has the equipment and expertise to professionally handle larger numbers of guests and the challenges that come with catering at our area outdoor venues and barns. We also provide a full range of decor and event rentals and enhancements all under one roof, making your planning even easier. We bring our expertise and personal touches into your smaller, more intimate events; Cocktail Parties, Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Political Events.
At Impressions Catering, we're not just food! We have a wide selection of tables, chairs and linens available for your event at competitive rental pricing. In addition to these more common event rental needs, we also stock a large inventory of event décor, buffet enhancements, and display pieces to fit the theme of our event. Coordinating these items through your Special Event Planner streamlines your experience and saves you hours of planning and set-up on your event day. Click Here To Get Started:
WHAT DOES A CATERING BUDGET INCLUDE?
Understanding the many components that make up your catering cost is the first step in building an effective event budget. We understand this can be an overwhelming process, especially when your first event planning experience may be for something as personal as your wedding. That’s why our team of seasoned Special Event Planners are here to help! Explore our Budget considerations below, and Contact Us with your questions. Every event is unique and receives special attention from our team.
Your primary considerations include the time of day and how many courses and options you’d like to offer your guests, as well as the style of the meal. Your menu selections, including hors d’oeuvres, first course, main course and dessert, often make up the largest piece of the budget pie. Impressions Catering cuisine is often recognized as the best in our area. We think you’ll agree!
Determining the type of beverages you would like to serve is the next step in the budgeting process. Common offerings include a full bar, beer and wine bar, or non-alcoholic selections only. You may also consider coffee or tea service, depending on the style of your event. Naturally, including alcoholic beverages on your menu will increase this portion of your budget.
SERVICE STYLE & STAFF RATIO
Our reputation is built not only on amazing restaurant quality food but also providing outstanding service to your and your guests, especially on your special event day. Your event is executed by a varied team of event professionals including chefs who prep your menu in our commissary, operations staff who manage your event logistics and deliver and set-up your event, as well as the event chefs and service team who personally serve your guests during the event and clean up after a successful event. The type of service style you select will impact your budget by determining the staff-to-guest ratio required to successfully produce your event; the more complex your menu is, the more staff it requires. For some full-service events, labor costs may compose up to half of your catering budget, while more simple events require significantly less staff.
Your event duration has a direct impact on your budget. Evening wedding receptions are typically 4-5 hours in length, so choosing to party later into the night will increase your hourly service costs and extend your food and beverage service. Mid-day receptions, however, require less food offerings as well as less event staff needed to execute the event successfully.
At Impressions Catering, have a wide selection of tables, chairs and linens available for your event at competitive rental pricing. In addition to these more common event rental needs, we also stock a large inventory of event décor, buffet enhancements, and display pieces to fit the theme of our event. Coordinating these items through your Special Event Planner streamlines your experience and saves you hours of planning and set-up on your event day.
Gratuities for excellent service are greatly appreciated by your event staff, however they are completely at your discretion. Many clients offer $50-$100 per service member in thanks for wonderful service. The kitchen facilities at your event location may limit the food selections or service styles we can offer, or require the set-up of a mobile kitchen space. Impressions Catering is well-equipped to cater from any location, however rental fees may apply depending on the type of set-up you desire.
CUISINE STYLE OPTIONS
Depending on your event and menu, your service could take the form of hors d’oeuvres, chef bars, buffets, or served (sit-down) meals.
As is customary, you can add our Passed Hors d’Oeuvre selections to any style of service as a tasty preview to your meal. If you want to create movement, variety, and a seriously social atmosphere, go heavy on the hors d’oeuvres, add chef bars, and let them take the place of dinner altogether.
For the perfect complement to our other service styles, look into our Chef Bar events. Sprinkle these stations around for a fun, social atmosphere that gives your guests an exciting eating experience with many choices.
Can’t make up your mind? Then go for a traditional or family-style buffet. Both offer a down-to-earth feel and, more importantly, lots of choices for those finicky eaters in your party.
For a more elegant atmosphere, consider one of our served sit-down lunches or dinners with a formal menu. In this instance, you may choose to offer your guests one entrée or dual entrées, prepared with the utmost care and attention.
DELIVERY & PICK-UP ORDERS
Not interested in a full-service event? Your Special Event Planner can assist you with selecting delicious food that can be delivered to your event or picked up at our commissary.
Are you a Social Butterfly, a Diva, or a DIY-er?
Are you a Social Butterfly, a Diva, or a DIY-er?
Celebration Menu Style: What Kind Of Impression Do You Want To Make?
Plated Dinner –
Who should choose it: Events or Couples who want a quieter, more formal atmosphere and to make a grand impression.
Who should avoid it: Minglers / Social butterflies. Dinners take time – spent eating, not dancing or chatting with anyone outside your table.
Buffet / Performance Stations –
Who should choose them: Those who want to offer several entrees with a free-flowing vibe. Anything goes, from Mac ‘n cheese and sliders to a carving, pasta station or an impressive mashed potato bar. Think about Dessert too and add a Blowtorch S'more or Creme Brûlée station!
Who should avoid them: Couples with limited spaced. You’ll need several buffet tables or stations to keep lines from forming.
Cocktail Party –
Who should choose it: Minglers / Social butterflies and those who want multiple food stations with a variety of menu items. A heavy hors d’ oeuvre menu provides guests a meal but in a walk - around friendly impression.
Who should avoid it: Brides seeking the spotlight. Socializing guests don’t always gather around for introductions or first dances.
Casual Barbecue –
Who should choose it: Those on a smaller budget and those looking for the informality of a backyard or park surroundings.
Who should avoid it: Those who are not into DIY weddings.