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How To Throw The Perfect Holiday Party

The holiday season is quickly approaching which means plenty of festive parties and home entertaining.  A holiday party is the perfect way to get together with friends, acquaintances and loved ones to celebrate. However hosting the perfect party can certainly be a little overwhelming. Organization is the the key to ensuring a stress-free event.  We have compiled a list of helpful tips that will guarantee your holiday party is the talk of the town.

Party Menu

We suggest planning a menu for the party that you can prepare ahead of time.  That way you don’t spend the evening in the kitchen when all you want to be doing is enjoying the company of your guests.  Buffets with a combination of cold and hot foods make dinner parties easier, especially if you only have one oven. Allow guests to serve themselves, selecting the dishes they prefer to accommodate any dietary restrictions they may have.  It is always a good idea to confirm with guests ahead time if they have any allergies or special dietary needs. This allows you to plan a menu with a little something for everyone.

Cut Yourself Some Slack

Though you want to impress your guests, it is completely acceptable to take some shortcuts like buying premade hors d’oeuvres or heading to your favorite bakery for bread and sweet treats.  

Simply Your Servingware

Remember to use oven to table serving dishes to help keep food warm and eliminate having a ton of pots and pans to clean.  If you don’t own this type of servingware be sure to set out serving dishes ahead of time on the buffet table so you are not scrambling for something to place menu items in as they come out of the oven.  Start with an empty dishwasher and try to clean as you go so you aren’t left with a mess of a kitchen that no one wants to handle at the end of a fun evening.

Serve A Signature Cocktail

Adding a delicious signature cocktail to your party will make your guests feel festive and is a simple extra detail that will leave a lasting impression on your guests.  We’re not talking eggnog, try Better Homes & Gardens, Cranberry Orange Rosemary Cocktail.  

Setup a Self Serve Bar

Be sure to setup a self-serve cocktail bar for your guests with precut garnishes, ice, cocktail napkins, appropriate glassware, spirits, mixers and wine.  This way you don’t spend the entire evening behind the bar fixing drinks. If you’d rather not have your guests serve themselves, hire a bartender for the evening.  

End On A Positive Note

Be sure to have a variety of desserts.  These are arguably the easiest part of the menu because they can all be made or bought in advance.  To leave a lasting impression send your guests home with a sweet treat or festive item.

Secret Ingredient Can Help

It is important to remember that celebrations are meant to be shared, memorable experiences, so enjoy and be thankful for good food and even better company.  If your head is spinning and you’re feeling completely exhausted at the thought of throwing the perfect holiday party along with all the other things on your to-do list, let Secret Ingredient help.  There’s no better way to celebrate the holidays than with stylish food and drink. Hire Secret Ingredient to cater your holiday party and we’ll design a memorable menu for your occasion that is sure to thrill your guests.  Please take a look at our holiday menu and book your holiday catering today!