Even if you don’t celebrate Halloween with costumes, decorations, and trick-or-treating, the appearance of witches and goblins is a sure sign that the year-end holiday season is about to begin. With Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve quickly following Halloween, consider coordinating the holiday season with friends, family, and a good caterer.
It’s not uncommon for families to split the holiday responsibilities. For example, Thanksgiving at your house and Christmas at Mom’s. But instead of simply splitting the burden, invite a caterer into the conversation to reduce the stress of the season.
Instead of each branch of the family planning just one meal, coordinate the meals with a caterer and divide the locations. You might be surprised at the affordable cost of hiring a caterer when you are negotiating the price of three celebratory dinners and not just one.
Keep in mind, most caterers don’t price their services using retail grocery prices. They get significant discounts on the primary ingredients. And while you might not save money by using a caterer, you might be very surprised at the cost compared to the price of buying the food yourself. Plus, when you use a caterer, you are getting freshly made meals — not a generic grocery store pre-cooked option.
The holiday season is upon us. Don’t be shy about coordinating your celebratory efforts and asking a caterer for help. Bake one or two obligatory pies and leave the rest to the professionals.