5 tips to elevate event catering with fabulous food stations
Gone are the days when buffets and plated meals were the only options for styling food during birthdays, weddings, and other kinds of celebrations. Nowadays, people are beginning to understand that presentation matters as well. (It has to be Insta-worthy, after all!)
So is it any wonder that we’re seeing a surge in popularity in food stations as a way of impressing your guests and adding style to your event?
There’s never been a better time to embrace stunning, fabulous, and breathtaking food stations. Not only are they delicious, but they look fantastic - they’ll be the talk of the party, guaranteed!
If you’re exploring unique ways to keep your guests moving and interacting with others, talk to your caterer about designing and setting up a creative food stations for your next epic event.
Food station catering is soaring in popularity…
And it’s not hard to see why!
Incorporate as many stations as you like
One stand-out station, or multiple ones split up into different courses or cuisines? The choice is yours! How about a dedicated dessert food station for all those sweet tooths!
Food stations encourage mingling
We’ve all been to a seated 3-course event. They’re always good fun, but sometimes, you just get bored of the people sitting immediately around you.
At a food station, you’re always mingling and running into different guests. And what better place to meet than around great food?!
Food stations are suitable for any kind of even
From weddings and birthdays to corporate functions, product launches, and high tea events, food stations can be customised to suit literally any kind of event or celebration.
They can be cost efficient
Gone are the days of traditional sit-down dinners, particularly for weddings.
The times are a-changin’: instead of a formal sit down, brides and grooms across Australia are choosing to combine roving canapes with a couple of food stations.
These can easily be customised to replace whole meals!
We recently created a delectable food station for Collingwood superstar Scott Pendlebury and his wife Alex for their gorgeous son Jax’s first birthday party! See some of the impressive photos below!
Food station catering is the talk of the town!
Decided that a decadent food station is the right choice for your event?
There are a couple of things you can do to make your dining experience stand out from the rest:
1: Set the tone, mood, and theme
Lights and sounds are essential in setting the tone for your events. And when it comes to style, food stations are unmatched!
Whether you prefer traditional charcuterie foods, Mexican fiesta styling, or even a touch of the Oriental through Asian-inspired menus, the variety that food stations offer keeps the atmosphere bang-on trend.
Not to mention, food stations keep your guests moving around the room and make for great conversation-starters. If you’re aiming for an open, warm, and friendly function, a diverse range of food stations will do the trick!
2: Presentation matters
Make your food stations pop!
When food is well-presented and neatly arranged, it actually makes it taste better. That’s not just an old catering cliche - science backs it up!
If you need help deciding on a theme and setting up food stations to match, Your Private Chef’s team of talented event stylists can help out.
On top of helping to design a menu that fits with your desired theme, we can also help with:
- Logistics and food station layout
- Lighting, music & entertainment
- Event consulting & design
- On-the-day execution
3: Variety is the spice of life - mix-and-match to your heart’s content!
Food stations are perfect for adding a unique spin to your function.
For example, at Your Private Chef, we have a range of hot and cold offerings ranging from savoury Mediterranean flavours to DIY-burger bars.
We also offer:
- Jacket potato bars
- Souvlaki bars
- Mexican burrito bars
- Donut walls
- Cheese towers
Tip 4: Choose an appropriate venue for food stations
One of the big draws of food stations is that they keep your guests moving and mingling.
So make sure you think about space when booking a function.
Not only will your venue will need to be big enough for guests to walk around and mingle, but you’ll also need enough room for your catering staff to do their thing!
Tip 5: Choose Your Private Chef for amazing food station catering
Whether you need a menu for an upcoming wedding or corporate catering, Your Private Chef is the team to call for unforgettable food stations.
In addition to all the classics, we offer unique hot and cold food station offerings, including:
- Portuguese flame-grilled chicken
- Unlimited American-style pancake breakfasts
- Spit-roasted meats, cooked to perfection
- Cheese platters curated from around the world - perfect with a glass of red!
If you want to make your event stand out for years to come, unique food stations are a must-have. Inject some fun and variety to your event - let Your Private Chef take care of everything.