Perhaps you know exactly what kind of party you want to throw. On the other hand, you may need help with the planning. In either case, meeting with the caterer or restaurant manager and chef to discuss the food and other important details is crucial to the success of your event.

Jordan Schwartz, director of catering events and marketing for Big Daddy's; City Crab & Seafood Company, and Duke's in New York City, agrees. Caterers always do their best to ensure that every event is successful, and communicating your wishes to the caterer is essential. However, Schwartz points out, "there are some things that are important for a client to understand when working with a caterer," she says.

Following are some of her "Do's and Don'ts" to make working with a caterer smooth and easy: