Planning a professional dinner brings together good food and good drinks. The atmosphere that a party brings is much more different from a dinner. Banquets do not even need to be given focus because it alone brings a sense of importance. Here are some things to consider.
Budget – Whatever you do, you always need a budget. Your budget must cover 3 main things – venue, food & drinks and entertainment. A few other things that would go in to your budget would be decoration, catering services, etc.
State a purpose for the banquet so that you know what your end result must be and your guests know why they are here. Having a purpose gets guests excited to attend the event. It may be in honour of a retiring employee, birthday party, business success, etc.
Location – Choose a banquet dinner venue that will fit your budget and also be enough for the number of people.
You may hire a bistro – it is a small inexpensive restaurant. Make sure your venue matches your theme if you have and also the purpose of the dinner as well.
Food – Dinner is all about food so it important that this aspect given very high thought when deciding what to choose. Have different choices for your event. You don’t know who is vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Mention in your invite to inform in advance about food aspects. You need to order sufficient types food for everyone.
Catering is also important sometimes the venue will cater the food, if not you will have to outsource catering. Its best to go with local catering as they are pretty familiar with the kitchen and can have their service be more efficient.
Beverages – Consider paying for a free bar where guests will have access to soft drinks, beer, wine, etc. Guests coming to dinner will always love to have it. If you can’t afford that much in your budget at least a wine bottle at on one table should be given. If more is needed, guests can purchase from the bar.
Dress Code – Giving a dress code to the guest gives a sense of uniformity and professionalism to the event. The experience and atmosphere of the event
Icing on the cake – Hire or get a friend who can be the master of ceremonies. He will be the compere for the event guiding everyone through the dinner and will be happening next. Have some entertainment planned. Maybe a song or stand-up comedian, etc. it helps liven up a dinner. Last thing is to make sure your décor is on point to the theme and purpose.