Catering invoice template

You provide the delicious dishes and expert service that makes any event a success, from large celebrations, to early morning business meetings. You don’t have time left over for time-consuming administrative tasks, like invoicing. Get paid properly and promptly for your culinary skills and great customer service by using one of our easy-to-use, fully customizable invoice templates in Word, Excel, PDF, Google Docs, and Google Sheets. Use the time you save on invoicing to bring on the food and fill those hungry stomachs!

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You are a master at food preparation, transportation, and set-up for any size catering job – so you don’t need to be a master at invoicing too. Download, customize, and send this invoice to all your catering clients.

Corporate catering

You expertly and efficiently cater meetings, events, and celebrations for your corporate clients. Keep your catering business running just as efficiently by downloading this free invoice template to bill all your clients.


When you depend on catering to supplement your restaurant business – this free invoice template comes to the rescue! Use it to charge for everything from food orders, to rush delivery, to special serving requirements.

Sit down dinners

Do you provide French service or any other elegant serving arrangements? This is the invoice template you need to list all the extra touches you provide for special dinners. Just add lines to customize your invoice for any client.

Weddings and special events

If you provide specialty services like catering for weddings or bar mitzvahs – you can use this fully customizable invoice template to ensure you bill properly for your amazing food, hard work, and expert service.

Alternatives to using catering invoice templates

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Why caterers should send professional invoices

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You do it all – from large celebrations to small business meetings. No catering job is ever the same, so no off-the-shelf invoice will do.

You need an invoice that is flexible enough to capture the price of all the food provided, serving instructions, and any special dietary or delivery requirements, while still being clear and easy-to-understand for your customers.

Besides being a dedicated foodie, you also supply great customer service, so your invoice should be as polished and professional as the great catering you provide. A good-looking, well-organized invoice will add to your outstanding reputation.

How to fill out your catering invoice

Once you've downloaded your free invoice template, you'll need to customize it to fit your specific business. Here are the 10 key things to include on your invoice:

  1. Title and Description: Name the project and briefly describe what type of work your client is being invoiced for.
  2. Company Details: Add your company name, address, phone number, and logo to the top-right corner.
  3. Customer Details: Under "Bill To", add your customer's name, address, and contact information.
  4. Invoice Number: Include a unique invoice number to help you track down this invoice in the future. You can format this based on sequence and customer. For example, if you're sending your very first customer their first invoice,  the invoice number could be 001-001.
  5. Dates: Include the date when your invoice has been issued and the date when payment is due.
  6. Line Item: Add individual line items for each unique good or service you provided. For each line item, include a brief description, quantity, individual unit price, and total price.
  7. Subtotal: Add up the subtotal of your goods or services, before tax has been applied.
  8. Tax: Indicate the tax rate applied to the subtotal. This is legally required to provide on invoices, and your rate may differ depending on where you run your business.
  9. Total: Outline the total amount due from the customer, after tax.
  10. Notes: Include any additional info your customer should know, including terms of service and payment terms (for example, payments are due 30 days after the invoice has been issued).

What should be included on an invoice for a caterer?

Food is your passion, along with great customer service. You work hard to ensure everyone has a great experience at all the events you cater – so make sure your invoices work equally as hard for you.

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  • Look through our array of beautiful catering invoice templates and pick the one in the color and style you like best
  • Download the invoice template you have decided on in the format you want, such as Word, Excel, PDF, Google Docs, or Google Sheets. It’s FREE!
  • Add on your catering business name, address, phone number, and email address. If you offer services for certain special events, or a particular type of cuisine – mention it here as well
  • Insert your mouth-watering catering company logo, website address, and any fun graphics you use to brand your catering services
  • Insert your customer’s name and up-to-date contact information
  • Add a unique invoice number
  • Insert the date of the invoice, the date of the catering, and the payment due date
  • Include a itemized list of all the food provided, along with descriptions of any special orders, and the prices for each
  • Include a list of any other charges, such as serving, delivery, and cleaning up, with descriptions and costs for each. The template is easily tailored to make sure you cover all the services you provide
  • If you are including a discount for a regular customer or corporate client, add a line highlighting the discount so your customers know they are receiving a great price for your outstanding catering
  • Calculate the total price, including all applicable taxes, and enter the total
  • Include your payment terms, including your accepted methods of payment
  • Add a personal note at the end to thank your customers for the business – especially if you’d like them to refer your catering expertise to their friends and business associates
  • Save a copy – and give a copy to your customer

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When is the right time to send an invoice to your catering customers?

Some caterers invoice at the end of an event. If it’s a large catering assignment requiring a lot of food preparation, baking as well as hiring staff to serve and clean up, many caterers ask for a percentage of the cost up front, with the remainder being paid when the event is finished.

Whatever payment time period you choose, make sure it’s clearly noted on each invoice, and clarify what portion of the final ‘cost’ has been paid to date.

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Invoicing tips for caterers

Add your professional recommendations

Include a payment due date

Accept a variety of payment methods

Make sure you have the correct contact person

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