How to Order Party Platters


Party platters make life easier for hosts and hostesses who are running short on time but not party-related tasks. Platters of nicely prepared hors d'oeuvres and sweet treats will give your event class and lots of eye appeal. Whether ordering a platter for a football or birthday party, snack trays will satisfy guests and are appropriate for most any age group. Order your platters several days in advance of the event to give food preparers plenty of time to complete your order.

Things You'll Need

  • Guest list
  • Platter brochure
  • Store phone number
  • Credit card
  • Review your guest list. Count the number of guests you expect to attend.

  • Choose what type of food you will serve. Sandwiches, chicken wings and cookie trays are good choices for party foods.

  • Examine your food budget to determine how much you are willing to spend.

  • Look up the phone number for your neighborhood grocery or department store. If possible, go to the store's website to review their platter menu. Alternatively, you could go to the store to request a platter brochure before you order.

  • Call the store and ask to speak to someone in the deli.

  • Tell the deli worker how many people you need to feed, and which trays you would like to order.

  • Verify the order by asking the worker to repeat the order back to you.

  • Ask the total cost of the order and write it down. Write down the name of the worker. Agree on a time for pick up of the order.

  • Give a credit card number to prepay for the trays if required to do so. Most stores do not require prepayment or deposits for smaller orders.

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