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How to create a wedding reception running schedule

This month, we provide our expert tips on how to create a wedding reception running schedule that will ensure you get to spend as much time possible celebrating with your nearest and dearest.


At Essential Catering and Events, we love a good party! With the Festive season upon us, we wanted to share some of our favourite food trends.

Mother’s Day Lunch Mist @ Olinda

Mothers day lunch in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens

Guide to Ordering Drop Off Catering

We often work with exceptionally busy people that have been asked to order corporate catering for a last-minute boardroom meeting or office party

Guide to Beverage Catering & Alcohol Quantities

Whether you are hosting an event at home, your office or favourite venue – knowing the right amount of beverage quantities to order for your thirsty guests can be confusing.

A Guide to Cocktail Party Catering

We often speak to event planners that are wanting to have a more informal cocktail party / stand up, finger-food type format for their event but they are worried about ordering the right quantities of food to ensure their guests are satisfied.

Christmas Catering

Christmas is getting close! All good event planners think well ahead and now is the perfect time to finalise your Christmas Catering for your end of year celebrations.

Hilarious Entertainment with Fawlty Towers

Join Fawlty Towers Tribute performers as they recreate the golden moments from “Fawlty Towers” for your end of year office party

ask our event catering experts

Got a question? Need advice on what food to serve or how to make the most of your budget? Our event experts will be delighted to assist you.

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what our customers say...

"Amazing food!"

The waiters are so accommodating and were very nice to all my guests. My guests said they were so happy with the quality of food and the waiters who served them. A stand out was Caroline on my wedding day. She was so lovely and attentive! Would definitely have any event catered by them in the future

Vidi Pudman
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"The staff were fantastic and everything went perfectly."

Organised a morning tea for a dozen people at work with very little notice. The service was delightful & the whole experience very simple and no fuss. The food was delicious - super fresh & tasty. A great variety of yummy sandwiches and lovely pies & cakes! Will definitely use Essential Catering again should the need arise! Thanks to all concerned. Very happy customer!

Sheryn Bellsham
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