Catering services promise to save us from the hangries so we may continue to socialise with laughter and joy. And because caterers in Singapore aren’t expensive, they’ve become a common fixture at home events.
But is catering a buffet worth the money? Or is home cooking the better deal?
Whether you choose to cater or cook, there are pros and cons to each option.
Here, read on for our Christmas catering vs home cooking guide:
- Catering Pros: Saves time and effort
- Catering Prices in Singapore
- Halal Catering Singapore
- Home Cooking Pros: Save money
Christmas Catering: Saves You Time and Effort
Catering saves you time and effort, so you can focus on your event and your guests. A catering package provides everything you need to feed your guests, including disposable cutlery, garbage bags, serviettes and such. Some caterers can also rent you stools, tables and chairs.
However, because caterers rely on economy of scale, the cost per person goes up for smaller parties than larger ones. This has got nothing to do with the quality of the food – it’s purely because of the need for caterers to make a profit.
Additionally, most caterers charge a delivery fee (around S$50 to S$60 per trip) which, if ever, are only waived for orders exceeding several hundreds of dollars. There are also other surcharges that may be payable, such as if your location lacks direct lift access.
Another common downside with catered food is food wastage, as you cannot return cooked food. Because catering kitchens combine and prepare orders, your food is typically cooked hours prior to your guests’ arrival. This contributes to the problem of wasted food, as certain types of food items just do not keep well.
Here, eight Christmas caterers including Halal caterers this Christmas 2022: