Everyone loves a good holiday party. Not everyone loves planning one.
Party planning can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Here is the skinny on holiday parties – everything from trends to what you shouldn’t miss when it comes to planning the perfect personal or professional gathering.
For holiday parties, hosts are most often looking for heavier small bites and passed appetizers, as well as a few stationed appetizers. Most people don’t want to do a full sit-down dinner, although some certainly do. While each menu is fully customized, Simple Fare Catering offers menus with heavy apps or those that include everything from short ribs and lobster bisque shooters to assorted imported cheese and house-smoked charcuterie platters.
Another popular direction hosts take during holidays is to serve dishes based on a theme. Some will do the traditional BBQ, Jewish Brunch or a menu of international flavors.
Building on international flavors, build-your-own bar is also a huge hit. Imagine all your favorite elements of every delicious s'more, taco, salad, ice cream, or dessert you’ve ever had. Now arrange all those elements you love onto one table and mix and match.
For those looking for dishes to appeal to people of all ages and taste preferences, slider bars are a great direction. Think: a variety of proteins (beef patties, grilled chicken, turkey burgers, homemade veggie burgers) with all types of interesting toppings, buns, sauces, and cheeses.
Any presentation where the guest gets to choose their own food items and compose a dish exactly how they want is fun, interactive and sure to please everyone.
And as any party planner (or guest) can attest, every holiday party should have a signature cocktail. Around the holidays, mulled wine, and spiked ciders are great. This is just about as wintery as it gets.
Because champagne is also a drink of the season, do a spin on the classic mimosa - a ‘Christmosa’ is fun instead. Champagne with apple slices, grapes, pomegranate seeds, whole fresh cranberries and a little bit of sparking grape juice make a fantastic brunch and lunch signature cocktail during the holiday season.