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Savoury or Sweet?

What do you prefer - sweet or savoury dishes? They’re both delicious, but are also vastly different, which is why so many people argue about which dish they prefer.

So what’s the difference between sweet and savoury foods? Sweet foods have sugar or sweetener in them. Savoury dishes are more filling. They are also more salty.

Any type of event needs a great food menu - whether it’s a girls night, a dinner party, a baby shower, or a big event for friends, family, or coworkers. If you’re planning some type of event - regardless of what the event is - the menu is something you’re probably struggling with. Play it safe (and delicious) by having a mixture of both sweet and savoury platters.

We’re here to help give you all sorts of sweet and savoury platter ideas. We’re catering experts, and are pros at serving food to groups of all sizes. Don’t worry - we’ve got you covered.

Sweet Platters vs. Savoury Platters: What are the Differences?

Sweet foods have sugar, sweetener, or honey and include all the delectable desserts you can think of…including cakes, pies, cupcakes, lollies, and everything in between. Savoury foods are the opposite. They are always more filling - meaning they are more salty, heavy, and even spicy. Savoury foods can include heavier meals like pasta, pizza, fried foods, meat dishes, and more.

Sweets and savoury foods are clearly very different, but for all you foodies out there - there’s good news! Both types of food can be combined to create a delectable dish that balances both options (i.e. sweet and sour pork, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and maple bacon).

Some folks prefer foods like desserts, while others prefer heavier meals. If you’re hosting a party, get-together, or event, we always suggest combining a mixture of both sweet and savoury dishes to satisfy everyone’s appetite. People also love eating dessert or sweets after a bigger meal or having sweets to snack on from time to time, so it’s always a good idea to add some type of sweets into the mix.

Savoury Platter Ideas

If you’re looking for some savoury platter ideas to fill up your guests and impress them, consider some of the options below.

Breakfast and Morning Tea

Savoury breakfast platters just hit differently. Starting the day off with a breakfast platter of savoury, filling foods is sure to put your guests in a good mood. You can indulge in soft, warm croissants or enjoy a baby frittata platter. You can also treat yourself and your guests to savoury pastries. There’s no shortage of types of pastries to choose from. Some platters we offer include ham and cheese, roasted sweet potato with kale, and more.

If you’re thinking of doing a morning tea, you can also consider options like a finger sandwich platter, a gourmet pie and sausage roll platter, or a charcuterie board.

Lunch Platter

Lunch is the perfect time to bring out savoury platters. You can go big or go home by offering your guests a large selection of meats, or choose finger foods like chicken schnitzel bites, or opt for a big lunch platter.

Some more great savoury platter ideas for lunch include our popular chilli beef banh mi bao bun platter, mini hotdogs, wraps, or one of our popular gourmet sandwich platters.

Sweet Platter Ideas

Sweet platters are perfect for any sized event or group of people. Everyone has a sweet tooth at one point or another - trust us, we know. When a delicious, tasty snack or dessert is introduced to a group of people - especially after a good meal - it’s nearly impossible for them to turn it down.

You can add sweeter options like sweet croissants or fruit platters, or choose something from our cake collection. If you’re looking for bite-sized sweet treats, you can opt for fruit skewers, mini brownies or doughnuts, and ice cream pops. You can also mix it up and throw in a mixed lolly platter - a great option if there are kids there! Here are some more great sweet platter ideas that are sure to satisfy your guests.

Breakfast and Morning Tea

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and there’s no better way to start the day than a delicious selection of sweet platters. Whether you’re serving full breakfast platters, a healthy breakfast fruit platter, or morning tea snacks, there’s no shortage of sweet breakfast foods to choose from. Some great sweet breakfast and morning tea options include a mini boutique cake collection, a teatime scone platter, or breakfast pots, which include mango and coconut chia pudding, chocolate bircher muesli, roasted peaches, and more.


Lunch is a great time to throw in some dessert options like croissant platters, mini muffin platters, tart platters, and more. You can even offer an afternoon ++break platter ++option with an assortment of pastries including muffins, danishes, doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, and brownies in dozens of different flavours that are sure to make your guests’ mouths water.

Combine the Best of Both Worlds With Our Delicious Sweet and Savoury Platters

Striking a balance between both sweet and savoury platters is a fail-safe way to impress all the guests at an event.

Not sure if you should opt for sweet or savoury platter ideas for your next event, party, or meal? There’s no reason to fret - we are here to help with that, at Catering Project, we offer customers in Sydney and Melbourne delicious sweet and savoury platters for all meals. Regardless of the size of your event, you won’t have to worry about satisfying your guests’ appetites. We’ll prepare your food and deliver it with care. We offer everything you can think of (if not more). We even offer individual items and snacks, finger foods, and bigger meals to keep everyone full. Contact us today to learn more!