So its nearly the Easter weekend and for many that means four lovely long and hopefully sunny days, but don’t hold your breath for the weather! For us its slightly different, we are out and about, busy with deliveries and collections and seeing some of our lovely regular clients, as well as some new. We shall be energised by Easter chocolate though as we progress through the weekend, and counting Easter bunnies as we go.
We also did a lovely job this weekend for the Mayor of Frodsham and his end of Mayoral Ball, lighting up the golf course and driveway. Stu and Rik were on hand to switch on and ensure everything ran smoothly and a good time was had by all.
We also helped our friends Event in a Tent with their open weekend and Dearnford Lake, and would like to thank all the lovely brides that came to see us and China Boy North (our sister company) there.
Looking forward, we are out and about meeting some new potential clients this week and quoting for some exciting jobs and festivals. Its a great time of year, so much to do and the season starting to swing.
On to our tip of the week. Catering may well be one of the most significant event costs and in my experience, the area likely to receive the most comments and feedback! Are the caterers tied to the venue or can you bring in your own? If you are using an established venue then the chances are you will be tied to their caterers. If, however, you are using a space such as a community hall or marquee, you may well be able to bring in your own caterers, but remember to include all the costs – it’s not just the food, but chefs, waiting staff and of course kitchen space and equipment hire. What is your food and wine budget per head? How will you deal with special diets in a creative way? Don’t be fobbed off with a standard menu and price. Tell the caterers your budget and ask what menus their chefs are able to create for you. Do you need an alcohol licence? Again an established function venue will most probably be licensed. If you are selling alcohol via a cash bar and using a non-conventional venue, an alcohol licence will be required, so allow plenty of time to apply for one.