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More Advantages to Booking your Holiday Party Early

By on Oct 27, 2008, 7:36 am in Reflections on the Catering Life, Seasonal Celebrations, Small Pleasures Catering, Tips on Hiring a Caterer | 2 comments

The  first and second weekends of December are prime time for holiday parties. Everybody in town will be busy. This includes not only your primary contractor, i.e. hotel, restaurant, caterer, but sub- contractors (ie.  rental companies, food purveyors, florists, servers, etc),as well.  Most servers, for example, are independent contractors, with many of them working with several different establishments. When they get booked for those hot dates, it lessens the available pool. You will have someone serving your function, but it’s likely the most seasoned service staff will be booked early. And usually at some point, the top rental companies will close their reservations for the busiest dates.

And here's an important point- a caterer or sales person will be able to give more of their time if you call a month or two early rather than in December.

 So, if you are thinking about a holiday party and want to make sure you receive the attention you deserve, the key word is early.


  1. Thank you for these wonderful tips. I’ll try to keep this in mind when I hire my wedding caterer. I’m already excited! Thanks!

    Avatar Elise Walker

    October 18, 2009

  2. You are very welcome, and good luck with your wedding planning !



    Avatar Gisele

    October 18, 2009

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