DO PLAN FOR BAD WEATHER

Even the best caterer cannot control Mother Nature. If you're planning a garden party for 100 guests, you must have a back-up plan. Clients should always work with their planners to create an indoor option for an outdoor event. The back-up plan may not be ideal, but having one is essential.

DON'T CHANGE THINGS AT THE LAST MINUTE

A successful event is one that flows flawlessly. Each detail is planned meticulously. When clients want to change major aspects of their event the day before the party, they don't realize how many hoops the caterer must jump through to ensure that the event does not suffer.

Schwartz recalls one particular nightmare: Clients who, at the last minute, wanted her to change the party to another room; put up a mock wall to close off an area in the restaurant; and bring a microphone and speakers into a party that was using only half the restaurant.

Image by Siena & Cocotte Catering, Valencia, Spain