How far in advance should I book the wait staff?
Although we may be able to staff your event at the last minute, most events should be booked a minimum of one month in advance to guarantee our waiters availability. We can become extremely busy at certain times of the year, so as not to be disappointed it is best to book as soon as you know the date of your event.
How many waiters should I hire?
Use the following guidelines to properly staff an event:
Buffet Dinner: Minimum one waiter per 25 guests, to effectively set up, serve and clear plates, glassware, etc.
Cocktail Reception: Minimum one food waiter and one drink waiter per 20-25 guests. If you need to serve a lot of food and / or drinks in a short space of time, you should hire additional staff.
Sit-Down Meal: Minimum two waiters for a sit down meal of up to 10 guests and one more waiter for every 8 additional guests. You should also consider having one kitchen staff to clean as servers tear down.
Bartenders: Minimum one bartender per 60 to 80 guests. With specialty drinks such as blender drinks or Martinis, there should be one bartender per 40 guests.
How much time should I allow for setting up prior to the event?
You should have the wait staff arrive at least 1 hour prior to the event start time to set up a cocktail reception and 1.5 - 2 hours for a plated or buffet meal. Allow for a half hour to an hour following the event to tear-down and clean up.
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