Any holiday is a special occasional and is meant to be enjoyed. Family and friends gather in a traditional style. The kids play, the memories flow and the food never stops coming. Holidays are a great time – any time, if you have a plan.

One of the best plans any host can have is to make sure that their holiday gathering is catered. If you’re a diehard traditionalist and you just have to cook that turkey or steaming dish of lasagna – fine. But let a caterer do the rest. For those who don’t want to bother with any food preparation, there are caterers out there that will do it all. Any reputable caterer will help you with all of your planning needs. Whether it is a family gathering or an office celebration, a caterer will plan the event and bring in a staff that will make the occasion a memorable one, and take the pressure of you.

There are a couple of points to consider if you are planning on hiring a caterer for your next holiday gathering. Don’t wait until the last minute to book. A good caterer has a calendar that fills up fast, especially around the holidays. If you are planning your celebration in a location other than your home, it is another consideration. Popular spots are booked months in advance, as does the planning; so it would be wise for you to think well ahead and book early. The two weekends before Christmas are the most popular catering times, so if you haven’t made plans at least a few months ahead, you could be in trouble.

If you’re planning a holiday event in your home, you have options as well. If you are just planning a cocktail party with hot and cold hors d’ oeuvre, a caterer is the perfect solution. You can enjoy an evening with your friends who will surely rave about the food, and you don’t have to worry about clean up. The caterer and staff do it all. The same goes for a family holiday gathering. If you’d rather the caterer come in early and prepare everything ahead of time, that can be arranged, and no one will have to know who did the cooking.