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Formal or casual, Canapés has what you need to throw an unforgettable event. Check out our Weddings, Corporate & Casual, and Event Coordination pages to learn more about what we can do for your specific event. If you’ve just started to plan, check out the below Tips & Tricks to help get you started. Link to downloadable PDF.

Tips & Tricks

According to Oprah Winfrey, “The love is in the details.” And whether you love them or hate them, sometimes it’s the little things that can get in the way of planning an exceptional event. Before you request a proposal, consider the following:

  • Determine your budget
  • Make the guest list – this will help estimate how many guests to expect
  • Pick a location – visit our Trusted Venors page for suggestions [hyperlink]
  • Set the date and time of the event


Seated Meal
Work well at formal events such as weddings, galas, or where a presentation will take place.

Standing Reception
Works well for events with limited space, a short event time or where you want to encourage mingling and networking – consider having your guests stand and place some cabaret tables around the room as places to rest drinks.

Partial Seating
Works well when your guest list includes a mixed age group or may extend for a length of time.

Bar Features

Dry Bar
If you have a budget-conscious event, eliminating alcohol completely will help with the expenses. To add options, consider a specialty non-alcoholic drink, such as hibiscus and ginger iced tea.

Beer and Wine
Variety is the spice of life…except when you’re waiting in line at the bar. Offering beer and wine as the only alcoholic options is cost-effective and keeps the bar line moving forward so that guests have more time to enjoy the event.

Full Bar
A special day deserves the best. Events with large crowds or gatherings for an exceptional occasion may call for a bar with full options for mixed drinks. Please let your event coordinator know if you would like to serve specialty drinks such as appletinis or mojitos, as they require additional mixers.

Food Presentation Methods 

Passed hors d’oeuvres
This option works for any event. Either as a pre-dinner appetizer or as the sole service of the party, they are easy to hold in your hand, offer variety to the menu and are easy to serve. However, keep in mind that it takes wait staff to pass the hors d’oeuvres, which may increase your personnel estimate.

Stationary hors d’oeuvres
Works well for open houses, auctions, or receptions where guests arrive intermittently or move around within the event area.

A popular service choice and familiar to everyone. This option helps keep personnel costs in line and is a good venue for offering a variety of menu choices.

Seated Meal
There are two options for seated meals: plated or family style. At a plated meal, our wait staff serve plated courses to individual diners. With family style, our wait staff serves an entire table with several plates of food and then each guest passes the food around the table…just like at home.

Food & Beverage Quantities 

Meal Hors d’Oeuvres Drinks
Breakfast None 2 per guest
Lunch  1 to 4 per guest 2 per guest
Dinner 4 to 8 per guest  2 to 3 per guest
Hors d’Oeuvres Only (no dinner) 6 to 12 per guest 2 to 3 per guest


Also key in planning your event is the ability to taste the food you and your guests will savoring. Canapés offers one-on-one tastings that allow our chefs to share your vision and ensure it’s reflected in the menu. Due to the customized nature of this process, there is a small fee per person, which an event coordinator will be happy to discuss.

Dietary Needs
Canapés is a scratch caterer, meaning our chefs can gladly accommodate most dietary restrictions and dietary preferences given the proper notice.  Please inform your consultant if you should have any special dietary requirements.  Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegetarian, and Vegan requests are the most common. Some dietary requests and substitutions may result in a pricing surcharge. Please advise your sales consultant of the allergies and/or food preferences that need to be accommodated, as well as the severity of the allergies. The culinary staff strives to consciously prepare any restricted fare; however, due to the busy nature of our kitchen, cross contamination may occur.

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