Catering Checklist

Having a party, rehearsal dinner or business catering? Bella’s Italian Grille created the following dinner checklist as a guide to help you simplify and figure out what you need when having an event catered.

This party checklist will help even if you’re going to do it yourself!  (But wouldn’t it be nicer to sit back, relax and let Bella’s handle everything?  😉 )



It commonly takes groups anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes for the entire party to arrive altogether at Bella’s. We suggest you serve a couple appetizer platters during this time. The idea is to give your guests …

1. Something to do until the hosts arrive and
2. Give them a little sampling to satisfy any cravings without filling them up prior to the meal.

Do you plan on serving alcohol at your Holiday dinner? The three most common bar set-ups are:

  1. Open Bar – the host pays for the entire bar bill.
  2. Limited Bar – the host pays for soft drinks, beer and house wines & a cash bar is available for mixed drinks.
  3. Cash Bar – the host pays for soft drinks and guests pay for all alcoholic or specialty drinks.

Depending on the number of guests, you may choose to order directly off of the menu or Bella’s will prepare a limited menu for your guests. A limited menu includes a header with the Company name to personalize the evening, the date along with your choice of up to 6 menu items. More or less items can be accommodated upon request. This allows the host to choose entrees their guests will enjoy and allows you to control the price per entrée. Notes about the bar choice and dessert options can be mentioned on this menu. A limited menu will be give to each guest and children under 10 can order directly from Bella’s Children’s Menu.

Bella’s has a Pastry Chef on staff to prepare award-winning desserts for your guests. You may choose to show your guests the entire dessert tray and let them choose between our Carrot Cake, Chocolate Truffle Torte, Chocolate Marble Cheesecake, Italian Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Pie, Spumoni Ice Cream, Tiramisu or Cannoli’s. Or you may simply choose a couple of our desserts for us to list on your limited menu.