With Christmas and the New Year right around the corner, last-minute event planning has reached a fever pitch. If you’re one of the many people who find themselves in charge of planning a holiday event – whether it’s an event for friends, family or colleagues – you might be wondering just what direction to go. What menu options should you consider? What about venue and entertainment? All of these questions need to be answered if your holiday event is going to reach its full potential.
Finding a reputable caterer to guide you through the planning process is, of course, one of the best things you can do to ensure the success of your event. But in order to get the wheels turning, let’s take a look at 5 great options for your holiday party.
1. Festive décor
This seems like an obvious talking point, but a few wreaths and silver garlands might not be enough to really create a holiday atmosphere. Plenty of colorful lights and tasteful table settings are a good place to start. When it comes to festive décor, less is rarely more.
2. Charity work
Giving your holiday get-together a charity is a great way to liven things up and convey a sense of goodwill. People are more like to “get into the spirit of things” when the event is not only fun and enjoyable, but also has an element of giving back. Whether it’s a charity drive, silent auctions to benefit specific organizations, or simply the announcement of a charitable donation, helping those in need is one of the hallmarks of a well-rounded holiday event.
3. An impeccable menu
There are a hundred different directions you can go in terms of your holiday menu, but not all of them will highlight your event in the right way. The classics, such as turkey and mashed potatoes with all the fixings, are often a hit. But remember – variety and uniqueness also play well with audiences. Different dietary concerns (e.g. gluten free, vegan, etc.) should also be taken into account. An experienced holiday caterer can help you find the right blend between traditional and unique.
4. Live holiday music
It’s common for holiday events to rely on a DJ for music, and a skilled DJ really can make the atmosphere more festive. Also consider a live holiday band, vocalist, or pianist. Live instruments can really make holiday events stand out even more, provided the music is good! Again, most reputable caterers can organize DJs or live music based on their extensive connections in the business – that is if music is something you want for your event. Other features like “action stations” can lend a gourmet holiday touch to menu items like ice cream or carved meats.
5. Hire an excellent caterer
We know from experience that good catering can elevate a holiday event and make it special. We also know that when catering misses the mark, it has a negative effect. That’s why we encourage people throughout the country to put a little extra research into the question of who will cater their holiday events this year.