5 Reasons Holiday Full-Service Catering is the Way to Go


The holidays will be here before you know it, so don’t wait for them to creep up on you before you start preparing. There are plans to be made, decorations to be arranged, and carols to be sung. Although it might seem like you’ll get it all done in time, don’t be afraid to ask for the right help when you need it. At Bradford Catered Events, we celebrate the holidays by serving families a full-service feast of seasonal dishes that we take pride in calling our own. But won’t Aunt Becky object to having Thanksgiving dinner catered? Not when she tastes our delicious home-cooked food!

5 Reasons Holiday Full-Service Catering is the Way to GoHoliday Dinners are a lot of Work

Whether it’s your first year in the kitchen or twentieth, it’s no secret that holiday meals require a lot of prep and planning. The menu requires planning in advance and navigating crowded grocery stores. Why not instead focus on home décor, finalizing details, and preparing for the arrival of your guests? By allowing a catering company to deliver a freshly cooked meal, all you worry about is saving room for dessert! Forget the grocery lines, messy kitchen, and hours of slaving over the stove, because we’re here to make your holidays stress-free!

Customization is Key

Have you ever heard the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fit it?” While that adage rings true for many events, it does not have to relate to holiday meals. Families get stuck with their “go-to” dishes and recreate the same meal year after year. Why not try a new entrée or introduce ambitious side dishes that you’ve been wanting to try yourself?

When working with a caterer you can choose from countless dishes to customize your own menu. Rest assured that only the freshest and highest quality ingredients will be used. Our holiday menus are fully customizable and we’ll work with you to make sure the meal impresses even your most finicky holiday guests. They can also all be customized and adapted to meet the dietary needs of your friends and family.

Not as Expensive as You Think

According to the Pew Research Center, the average Thanksgiving dinner has 12 people sitting at the table. If your family is anything like ours, everyone expects leftovers to take home. That’s a lot of food to cook and purchase! A turkey can cost around $25 alone. Factor in the massive list of ingredients, spices, or that new kitchen appliance and the tab grows quicker than you may realize.

When using a full-service caterer to cook your holiday meal, the budget is determined up front and there are no unexpected trips to the grocery store the day of because an ingredient was forgotten.

Less Stress, Less Mess

We all love a good home-cooked meal, but who loves the mess that comes along with it? Let’s face it; holidays with family can be stressful enough and you want to ensure everything is perfect. Depending on your kitchen skills, feeding a small army may require a test run of recipes beforehand. The hours leading up to the dinner will also be dedicated to the kitchen, which means you’ll have less time for prepping your home and even less quality time with family and friends.

Catering means less mess and no stress. We’ll deliver your freshly cooked meal just in time, help with set-up and serving, stay to clean up the mess, and even pack up the leftovers! You’ll spend more time building memories and less time stressing about food.

More Time to Focus on What Matters

When the whole purpose of getting together for the holidays is to spend time with those who matter in your life, it’s too easy to get lost in the stress that hosting holiday meals often brings. After all, the food is the centerpiece of the gathering. There’s a lot of talk about being mindful these days, and this is the year to treat yourself and ask for outside help to keep your mind calm and heart warm. There’s nothing like relaxing into the warmth of family and friends when you leave the stress behind.

With more than 35 years of catering experience, we are here to help you plan the perfect holiday party or sit-down meal for 12 or more. Licensed bartending services are available for 20 + guests. To book Bradford Catered Events for your holiday event, visit us online or call (865) 522-5552.


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