A baby shower or gender reveal is a joyful gathering that encourages people to eat and be merry. Regardless of the seating style, your guests will appreciate the opportunity to celebrate, relax, and catch up with friends and family. Be sure to plan a large variety of foods so that there is something for everyone. Offering a variety of foods will ensure that there are no awkward moments for the vegetarian cousin or neighbor with celiac disease who cannot find anything suitable to eat.
As the shower host, your first consideration should be to the mom-to-be. Don’t forget that during pregnancy, many foods are temporarily off-limits. These include alcohol, undercooked meats, fish, eggs, soft cheeses, and lunch meats. While many of these things can be included in your menu, you’ll want to make sure that the guest of honor is taken care of.
There are so many ways to create a crowd-pleasing menu that will provide for everyone in attendance and make sure that your event is a memorable experience for both you and your guests.
Here are a few things to keep in mind in the planning process.
When planning your event, consider choosing a time of day that is not traditionally reserved for a large meal. By doing this, you can offer your guests appetizers and portable food choices that are both simple and delicious. A sample menu for this style of event may include:
· Tea, coffee, water, or juice
· Charcuterie platters with a variety of meats, cheeses, and crackers
· Seasonal fruit trays
· Finger sandwiches
· Various hors d’oeuvres
· Deviled eggs
· A selection of desserts
This is a good idea for several reasons. Giving your guests a choice of different foods allows them to pick options that suit their tastes and dietary preferences. Another benefit is that it reduces the amount of plates and flatware that you will need. This can help you stay within your budget while providing your guests with food prepared by professionals.
Offering a variety of finger foods will help make sure that there will be something delicious for all your shower guests to eat. You should speak to your caterer ahead of time so they know you are including options that will suit both picky eaters and those with dietary restrictions.
It’s a good idea to offer five or more different foods and plan for enough food so that each guest will have at least two items each to eat. It is always a good rule of thumb to have more food to offer than not enough!
When you have a large group gathered in one space, it’s a good idea to spread out your food offerings throughout the party room. This allows your guests the chance to mingle and still have an opportunity to pick up different food offerings as they pass by the various platters around the room. Your guests will be more likely to move about the room freely, rather than gathering in one space. And by spreading out the food around the party space, you all but eliminate the chance that a line will build up for the “food line.” This will keep the party flowing and make sure that everyone will have a chance to sample the delicious foods that you have chosen.
For a more traditional approach, you may prefer to host your shower at a regular mealtime and serve your guests a full meal. You can choose whether guests will be served their meal or walk through a buffet line.
If you opt for a more traditional sit-down style event, the right professional caterer will be more than happy to help you create a menu that will be crowd pleasing and delicious for all tastes and preferences. A sample menu for a sit-down shower or gender reveal may look something like this:
· Water, coffee, or tea
· A choice of entrée for both meat eaters and vegetarians
· Fresh bread or rolls
· A dessert
Keep in mind that when choosing a sit-down meal option, you can still offer your guests appetizers that can be spread out around the room before the meal is served, allowing them plenty of opportunities to mingle with each other.
You can never go wrong with simple, classic styling for your baby shower or gender reveal. A classic theme is a great way to include your color scheme into your event through items like colored cake, cupcakes, or cookies. This way, your menu remains elegant and classic while still presenting your guests with some flairs for this big day.
The decision to host a casual or sit-down event really comes down to your personal preference. Whatever you decide, it’s a good idea to speak with your caterer about your food, drink, and serving options.
Planning a baby shower or a gender reveal celebration involves a lot of moving parts. One way to add a touch of elegance and make your celebration a successful event is to hire a professional caterer to handle the menu. Not only can you customize your menu, but as the host, you will be free to leave the planning, shopping, and prepping of the food to the catering staff so that you can relax and enjoy the festivities.
Choosing a professional to cater your shower will allow you to focus your energy on the many other tasks that an event host takes on. Whether you decide to offer casual appetizers, a buffet, or a full-service meal, the experienced catering professionals you’ve chosen are prepared to handle every aspect of your event from start to finish. When it comes to planning the menu for your event, you can make choices that fit perfectly within your budget, the time of your event, theme, location, and food sensitivities. Even if you are a professionally trained Chef or work in the food industry, you don’t want to spend your time prepping and serving food, you want to sit back and enjoy the day. Hiring a professional caterer will make this part of your party planning simple and enjoyable! Silver Spoon Catering is that right professional caterer. Contact us today to book your ba
When you are planning a special event in your life, you want every aspect of the day to go off without a hitch. Events like weddings, graduations, and baby showers will create memories to share with your family for years to come, so you deserve for everything to be perfect.
Sometimes coordinating every last detail of an event can be overwhelming and detract from the experience of your special day. Using private event catering will take the burden off you and make your day unforgettable.
Here are 3 reasons why private event catering is the best choice for your occasion:
Regardless of what type of event you are planning, food is always the main attraction. From weddings to bar or bat mitzvahs to holiday parties, everyone wants to know what’s on the menu. Planning a menu, estimating portions and getting all the food prepared properly and on time is quite an undertaking. Then, add other event hosting tasks on top of that and you’re risking a disaster with the most important element of your event.
Private event catering companies have expertise in menu planning, and they can help you figure out the right type of food to serve at your event. They will offer you options from their menu, or they will work with you on a custom menu if you have something special in mind. A private event catering company is skilled in prep work and menu execution on a large scale. You can devote your attention to hosting your event and trust that the food will be delicious and on time.
Food prepared by private event catering leaves a lasting impression with guests. The curated menus and professional presentation give any event an elevated feel. Your guests will know you took the time to make their experience special.
Before you even get around to thinking about food, there is already so much to take on when starting to plan an event. You want your event to be a good experience for your guest, but you should also be able to enjoy these memorable occasions. Events are also expensive, and it is important that you get to enjoy your investment.
Using private event catering takes the responsibility and pressure off you so that you can focus on enjoying your event. When you provide food for your event yourself, you must plan a menu that everyone will enjoy, calculate ingredient quantities, and spend hours preparing and cooking food on the day of the event. That leaves little time for any other tasks that need to be completed before your guests arrive.
With private event catering, the decisions requiring your input are made days or weeks in advance of the occasion. On the day of the event, you have more time to decorate, greet guests, or simply enjoy the event you’ve worked so hard to put on. Saving yourself stress in any way possible is a worthwhile investment.
You want your guests to be happy and enjoy the food at your event, which means they need to be attended to when they have questions or requests. if you do the food yourself, you will find yourself pulled in a million different directions during the meal service. A private event catering company can bring a full staff of servers to make sure your guests are served quickly, and they can deal with special requests or questions about the food. Having quality service for your guests is essential to creating a memorable experience.
In addition to help with service, private event catering companies are also trained in safe food preparation and handling. Food for your event is prepared in advance off site and transported to the venue. There are safety standards in place that dictate the correct temperatures for cooking and storing certain foods to ensure they can be safely enjoyed.
While you may have the best intentions in preparing food yourself, the risk remains that standards aren’t being followed, which could end up in an illness for you or your guests. It is also possible for allergy issues to arise from improperly labeled or cross-handled food.
Foodborne illnesses and allergies are not the only safety concern these days. With much of the country still dealing with the pandemic, safety is a top priority for serving food at events. A private event catering company is up to date on the best and most updated practices for how to prepare and serve food safely to reduce any possible exposure to COVID-19.
Silver Spoon Caterers is the premier choice for private catering for weddings, parties, corporate events, and more. Our team works hard for you to ensure the safety and satisfaction of every guest. If you want to hear more about how we can make your next event a success, contact us today.
A company Christmas party provides your employees with a unique opportunity to get to know each other and your company. This can significantly boost employee morale.
When planning your holiday party, the food is one of the first things you’ll need to consider. Planning menus, shopping for ingredients, preparing food and serving guests takes a lot of time and effort. In fact, it’s often the most stressful part of planning a company party.
The right caterer can make your party a success. Hiring a caterer allows you to focus on other important aspects of your event. This makes it possible to throw a Christmas party that your guests are sure to remember.
The right holiday theme can help take your company party from ordinary to extraordinary. Your guests are sure to appreciate the extra effort you put into planning. The following are our favorite company Christmas party themes.
Throw a truly magical company party with this fun theme. Encourage your guests to come adorned with their own decorative masks. A masquerade ball theme includes traditional Christmas colors with lots of gold and purple thrown in. This type of party calls for appetizers, hors d’oeuvres and finger foods. We have a number of options for you to choose from on our holiday catering menu.
Get your employees into the Christmas spirit with a holiday party that encourages giving. Have your employees and their guests each bring a toy to be donated to a local toy drive. Decorate your venue with red and white, twinkling lights and festive greenery. Offer your guests comforting entrees such as Parmesan crusted chicken or bourbon maple glazed ham.
Transform your party into a winter wonderland. Decorate with white ornaments, white linens, white tableware and sprigs of flocked greenery. Offer your guests light colored dishes for the best effect. Good choices include cauliflower steaks and a roast turkey feast.
Please keep Coivd Guidlines in mind while hosting your event:
Keep Surfaces Clean & Sanitized
Although cleanliness is important whenever serving food, it’s even more crucial during a pandemic. Event planners could benefit from developing and enforcing procedures aimed at preventing the spread of disease.
Clean and disinfect all high touch areas before, during, and after the event. Make sure to use quality CDC-approved cleaners and disinfectants.
Keep Staff and Guests Informed
Even with the best precautions in place, you can’t make your event truly safe without communicating your plans with your staff and guests. Make sure everyone knows the procedures you’ve put in place before your event. Signs can let guests and staff know how to properly wear PPE and maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves and other guests. Signage can also direct staff and guests to handwashing stations.
Silver Spoon Caterers offers catering services for weddings, parties, corporate events, and more. Our team works hard to ensure the safety and satisfaction of every guest. Please contact us to learn how we can help make your next event a success!
Silver Spoon Catering offers holiday catering services for company parties. Our holiday catering menu features a number of choices including gluten free and vegetarian options. Please contact us for more information about holiday party catering.
As Covid19 numbers decline many businesses are welcoming their employees back into their offices, as well as planning corporate events. Although the corporate world is not 100% back to normal, many people are eager to get out of their house and back to networking to promote their business or look for partners that can help their business.
Networking with Covid19 adds additional complexities to hosting a networking event. Along with complying with vaccine mandates and whether to require masks, you must plan for how you will handle drink tickets, what kind of food and drinks to serve as well as activities to get people “mingling”.
Attending a networking event can be exciting and stressful all at the same time. Hosting an event is still exciting, but can be a lot more stressful. One of the easiest ways to reduce your stress level is by hiring a full service caterer to handle all of your drink and food preperation, serve guests and handle all the clean up.
When working with a corporate event caterer to plan the menu, do what you can to make the eating easy on your guests. Here are a few food items to avoid serving or consuming at your next networking event. Avoid the embarrassment of broccoli in teeth or bolognaise on sports coats.
Instead, opt for bite-sized items that can be eaten easily with a toothpick or fingers; serve lighter pasta dishes (Think penne or ziti in an oil-based sauce.); and offer guests the choice of a plate or a bowl. You want your guests to mingle and make connections, to eat and enjoy themselves. The key is convenience. Stage the space with plenty of napkins. And don’t forget about the trash; make sure bins are plentiful.
Planning a networking event that needs catering in Northern VA? Consider the menu options available from Silver Spoon Caterers:
Our carefully curated menu and well trained staff have what it takes to make a networking event hassle-free. From hairnets to nitrile coated gloves our staff will provide the best hospitality and service for your event.
A family, minority, & woman operated business since 1997, Silver Spoon Caterers serves the social and corporate communities of Northern Virginia and the D.C. metro area with determined care and expertise. From major social functions to fundraising galas; national conventions to intimate gatherings; corporate meetings to community celebrations, Silver Spoon takes pride in executing unique events, giving our clients unbeatable value and lasting memories.
Silver Spoon Caterer’s mission is to build a growth-oriented company focused on positive partnerships with clients, venues, staff, management, owners, vendors, and the community. Our main goal is to succeed as a team-oriented business, producing and serving a high quality product with a commitment to excellence in service, planning, and quality. We strive to be the “Best Of” in all aspects of our business. Our positive partnerships within the industry have become our proven “recipe” for success.
Call SilverSpoon Caterers in Fairfax, Virginia, at (703) 935-4531 for more information about our catering services.
The dog days of summer are upon us and with it comes gatherings and parties (with social distancing of course)! This time of year brings baby showers and weddings, birthday parties and of course summer barbecues. You’re getting excited to show off your brand new patio; to break out your favorite serving dishes; and to throw the affair of the season… when somebody says those two little words: gluten free.
Accommodating guests with dietary restrictions can be tricky, but especially when you’re planning to host someone with celiac disease: It’s important to understand that his or her gluten-free diet is more than a lifestyle choice, but a medical necessity. The adequate, safe preparation of a gluten-free meal depends upon more than a few modification to the regular menu; think cross contamination.
Even the slightest bit of gluten from a bowl, a spoon, or cooking oil can cause a person with celiac disease to react. It’s not enough to simply remove the croutons from the salad, but you must make a separate salad entirely, separate entrees and desserts, too. That’s why Silver Spoon Caterers recommends leaving the cooking to the professionals. That is to say, us.
Silver Spoon Caterers is experienced in catering to the gluten-free crowd; we take pride in developing delicious menus to suit every dietary restriction and delight the palate.
Hummus — served with fresh cut vegetables
Grilled vegetable tray — eggplant, zucchini, squash, red pepper and red onion marinated and grilled
Beef medallions — shoulder tenderloin sliced and topped with caramelized onion & balsamic reduction, garnished with roasted red pepper
Cocktail Shrimp — served with lemon wedges and cocktail sauce
Antipasto — skewered antipasto, green olive, roasted pepper, artichoke, sliced salami with vegetable crudité and roasted pepper dressing
Mesquite roasted turkey breast — with black bean and corn salsa, served with roasted sweet potato spears, grilled mixed vegetables, tomato & cucumber salad
Greek-style chicken kabobs — with bell peppers and onions, accompanied by a Greek salad and tzatziki sauce
Mediterranean chicken — seasoned with fresh herbs, stuffed with roasted red pepper, crumbled feta cheese, chopped kalamata olives and fresh basil; served with a vegetable medley
Mediterranean mixed grill — beef kebabs and chicken souvlaki served with tzatziki sauce and market vegetables, accompanied by hummus
While gluten-free eating continues to grow in popularity (and, for some, necessity) try to remain flexible when planning to serve the rye-averse and carb connoisseurs alike. Call Silver Spoon Caterers with plenty of advance notice, and come to us with some idea of what you’d like to serve; not only will your flexibility and preparedness make our jobs easier, it’s also the best way to ensure everyone leaves the party happy, fed, and healthy.
By the end of January, let’s be honest, nearly everyone has already fallen off the New Year’s resolution wagon. But not you. Not this year. You’re committed to make healthier food choices, and that means catering healthy meals too. As your premier corporate event caterer, we hear it all the time: “It’s so hard to eat healthy when I’m constantly attending banquets, and networking events, and dinners out with clients.” And the truth is, while it may sometimes be more difficult to do so, it’s not impossible.
Opt for whole-grain (over white) bread, rice, or pasta — that’s a big one. Use low-fat, low-salt, and reduced-sugar alternatives. And three: Serve fresh fruit and vegetables. It’s really that easy. Not convinced? Let’s get specific.
Even your Fairfax VA healthy catering partner can recognize that breakfast gets tricky. Say, “catered breakfast” and what do people expect? Pastries, that’s what people expect. And pastry, you can provide when you opt for items like whole grain muffins, or scones.
Consider a few other healthy breakfast options:
You already know the basics: Less processed junk, and more real food. It’s how you eat at home, and it’s what we’ll serve your guests.
Silver Spoon Caterers makes fresh, seasonal fruit tarts and pie — just decadent enough to be delicious.
Let’s talk about how healthy food choices can look, and taste great, too.
Along with great food and catering options our pricing is up front and simple to understand. There’s nothing more frustrating than expecting to pay one price but being charged another. The best way to avoid this type of situation is to work with a caterer that is up front about their fees.
Northern Virginia Company Catering
The service your caterer provides can leave a lasting impression on your guests. This is why it is so important to select a caterer you can trust. Silver Spoon Caterers provides catering services for a variety of events in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. Our professional caterers have years of experience with corporate events of all shapes and sizes.
We offer a wide variety of menu options and are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions. We understand that planning a company event is stressful. Our company catering services allow you to focus your attention on other important aspects such as team building and special guests. Please contact us for more information about company catering services.
Casual corporate events provide the perfect opportunity to connect with team members and make important announcements. These events can significantly improve employee morale and workplace productivity.
The right food and catering service can help turn your casual event into a meaningful experience that your team members will talk about for years to come.
Corporate Event Catering
Casual events do not require a full meal. In fact, serving a full meal can make your event feel more formal. Hors d’oeuvres are the ideal choice for casual corporate events. These portable, one-bite snacks allow your guests to sample a variety of food while getting to know each other.
Silver Spoon Caterers provides a wide range of hors d’oeuvres for casual corporate events. We offer vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options to ensure that all your attendees are fully satisfied. The following choices are perfect for casual events.
Silver Spoon Caterers offers catering for corporate events in Northern Virginia and the DC metropolitan area. We offer a wide range of menu choices as well as vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. Our staff is well prepared to handle both large and small corporate events.
Please contact us for more information about corporate catering.
Whether your conference is just a few hours long or an all-day event, you will want attendees to stay focused and alert. This becomes impossible when they are allowed to become hungry or thirsty.
The right catering company can make or break your event. Good catering can be a welcome relief from a long day of meetings or training, effectively refreshing and recharging attendees for the rest of their day. Bad catering can lead to indigestion, blood sugar crashes and several other problems.
Many catering companies offer corporate catering however, not all caterers are created equal. Finding the right catering company is crucial to the overall success of your conference. The following conference catering tips can help you choose a corporate caterer for your event.
Corporate Catering Experience
Corporate catering is very different from wedding catering. A conference is not the right environment for party food. Your chosen caterer should be one that has ample corporate catering experience.
Special Dietary Requirements
Food allergies can be life-threatening and dietary restrictions should never be taken lightly. When planning a corporate event it’s important that nobody feels excluded. A quality caterer should be able to accommodate dietary requirements so that all attendees can be safe and satisfied.
Quality Food and Service
The food and service at your conference will probably be remembered long after the event. You will want that memory to be a good one. A fantastic corporate caterer always provides high quality food, diverse menus and reliable service.
Corporate Catering in Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland
There’s a lot of planning that goes into a conference. The key to success lies in the details. Every detail needs to be perfect, including your food and beverage selection. When you work with a conference catering company like Silver Spoon Catering, you can let the professionals handle the food while you focus on the most important aspects of your conference.
Silver Spoon Caterers offer high quality corporate catering to Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. Our experienced chefs and staff can provide your conference with a variety of options guaranteed to please even the pickiest attendee. We have many years of corporate catering experience and we are able to accommodate almost any dietary restriction. Please contact us for more information!
As northern Virginia’s premier event caterer, we’ve had the express pleasure of meeting, serving, and dining with many wonderful people. Silver Spoon Caterers truly has the best clients, and it truly makes our jobs worthwhile when those clients leave their feedback and reviews online.
“I have been using Audrey’s catering services at Silver Spoon for the past several months now and they have exceptional service. Not only that, but Audrey does an amazing job and treats me like a 5-star customer.”
“My company used Silver Spoon Caterers for a digital marketing breakfast event we had at Reston Chamber. The food was excellent. They arrived early to set everything up and they helped keep the food area clean throughout the presentation. We got great reviews from our attendees. Highly recommend them for your corporate catering event.”
“Silver Spoon catered my graduation party and I must say I was extremely impressed. I had over 200 guests attend and Silver Spoon definitely came through! They arrived early and instantly began setting up their chafers and decorating, even helping me arrange center pieces and set up since I had fallen behind schedule. I received so many compliments on the food and the presentation was perfect – people were especially intrigued by the colored carrot flowers (such a nice decorating idea!). I will definitely be using Silver Spoon again!”
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As someone who was recently in your shoes herself, first things first let me say, “Congratulations!” The year you’ll spend planning your wedding will be the most exciting, the most fun, and probably the most stressful year of your life. Take a few moments to enjoy it, because soon you’ll be twirling around the dance floor with your new husband, and even sooner, it’ll all be over, and your new life will begin.
Enjoy your engagement.
Have fun planning your wedding.
And know this:
Beyond the groom, and the dress, and the venue, the single most important component necessary to pulling off a memorable wedding is the food. Many of your guests will have traveled to witness this happiest day of your life, there’s no better way to say ‘thank you for celebrating with us’ than with a scrumptious meal — from no other than Fairfax, Virginia’s own Silver Spoon Caterers, of course.
As the ever-so-helpful wedding caterer that we are, we think it’s important that you know what we know will help us help you. So when you call to talk about hiring Silver Spoon to cater your wedding in northern Virginia, ask us these questions:
We’d be happy to! Silver Spoon Caterers has been feeding happy brides and grooms (and their guests) for nearly two decades.