With the holidays just around the corner, people are gearing up for parties and gatherings in massive numbers. Many of these events will be held privately in homes, and most of the food will be prepared by friends and family members. This is, of course, a wonderful tradition. It brings people together and gives a special, “homemade” touch to the foods and drinks enjoyed.
There are a lot of holiday parties, though, that require a more professional or concentrated approach. Corporate and company parties almost always fall into this category, and there are even extended family reunions and other get-togethers where people don’t want to leave the food and drink to chance. A skilled professional caterer is usually called in for this type of event — although, even when you hire a professional, the results can vary greatly. That’s why it’s so important to choose your caterer carefully.
Depending on what kind of holiday party you’re putting on this year, here are five ways to make it stand out from the rest.
1. Choose a theme
It’s already a holiday party — people know that. But does it have to be “generic” holiday party? How about giving your party a “theme within a theme”? This is something that can inform both your decorations and your menu choices. Favorite holidays movies or music are a great way to build a theme that’s both fun and relevant to the season. And if you decide to give your holiday party a theme, your caterer should work closely with you to customize the menu in creative ways.
2. Asks friends, coworkers or guests for suggestions
People often start the process of planning a holiday party with the idea that they have to go it alone. This is a daunting prospect — and it’s definitely not the case! Most planners find that friends, colleagues and family members are happy to be part of the planning process, whether it’s closely collaborating on the menu or just making a few suggestions about what kind of music or décor to choose for the party.
3. Hire a great caterer
This is an obvious one — but very important. No matter the size, scope or theme of your holiday party, you want your guests to enjoy themselves. You want them to enjoy not only the quality of the menu, but also the service and presentation. And you certainly don’t want any logistic problems, such as running out of food or not having the menu ready on schedule.
In short, there’s a good reason why some catering companies are highly rated and leave a trail of positive reviews behind them. Their experience and skill have created a strong reputation, and given them the tools to make your holiday party work.
Making your holiday party stand out!
The holidays are known as a stressful time for a lot of people — but honestly, much of that stress has to do with planning holiday get-togethers and worrying about the details. With a little forward thinking and collaboration, whether it’s with a family member or a respected professional caterer, your holiday party can be a greater success in every sense.