The holidays are upon us! And that means party planning is in full swing. Here’s our 5 tips to make sure yours is one to remember.
1. The food must be delicious.
Period. There’s nothing worse than going to a party where the food is bland and boring. Also, consider incorporating the holiday theme in an innovative way without overdoing it. For example, our friend Colbert from Footers Catering says, “One of my favorite items is our Pork Belly Donut Bite – braised pork belly on a sugared donut hole with fresh apples. You get the sweet apples of the season with the unexpected combination of pork and a donut!”
Colbert recommends heavy hors d’ oeuvres and interactive stations for a “mix and mingle” type of party. Plus, it’s easier to have a variety of options for people who are avoiding items with gluten or dairy. When it comes to dessert, Colbert says “Bite-size sweets are perfect because guests can enjoy them without feeling too guilty for indulging. Some of my personal favorites from our seasonal menu are the rum & eggnog cheesecake shooters and mini pumpkin whoopie pies.”
Eggnog cheesecake? Sign us up.
2. Which way is the bar?
Because…that’s the first question most people ask when they show up to a holiday party, right? #Priorities
So, how do you make the drink selection holiday-ish without being cheesy? Adam from Peak Beverage says, “For the winter, flavors like peppermint, cranberry, vanilla, allspice, clove, chocolate and orange are great. Try adding one or two of these festive flavors to a classic cocktail recipe to mix it up.” You can also have a cocktail special for the evening, like a hot, spiced cider or a Poinsettia, a simple combo of champagne and cranberry juice. “You can add a little more bang to this by using a cranberry liqueur or some vodka or gin, and garnish with fresh cranberries,” Adam says.
And you know you’re secretly (not so secretly) hoping that someone has a few too many later and embarrasses themselves on the dance floor. So how many drinks should you plan for per guest? Adam says 2-3 specialty cocktails per person is an average estimate. Plus, here’s a good rule of thumb for what to have on hand; red wine, white wine, domestic beer, craft beer, and a few staple liquors and mixers. It is the holidays after all.
3. Make it a winter wonderland
The holidays can be a magical time, and people love to feel that in the atmosphere.
Create this look with lighting, such as classic red and green or blue and warm white uplights on the walls, or our favorite, a twinkle wall. Production Designer Yan says “A twinkle wall is pipe and drape with twinkle lights added in, and it creates that wonderful starry night feeling.”
Another fun touch is a gobo light with different sizes and shapes of snowflakes, or you can incorporate your company logo here too. And you can’t go wrong with a chandelier. Try adding one in a place you know people will gather, like over the dessert station or bar area.
4. Can you take our picture?
Ok, just one more. I forgot to do my skinny arm…
You won’t have to fool with any of that when you rent our Photobooth. With our green screen, you can customize it any way you want! Christmas trees, snowflakes, a sparkle wall, reindeer games…you can be inside a snow globe or sit on Santa’s lap if you want. Just let us know what you’re thinking and we can make it happen. Plus you can share it on social media straight from the booth.
5. Chestnuuuts roooasting…on an open fire…
It’s ok. Belt it out. We can’t hear you.
Now, if you do want to be heard, we have a karaoke option that can really make your party extra special. For a classier vibe, we recommend our favorite Christmas jazz playlist with all the good ones from Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr., Dean Martin and Michael Bublé. You can build a custom playlist, of course, with all your holiday favorites, and we recommend adding in a few fun group dances like “Cupid Shuffle” or “Wobble.” Nothing boosts company morale quite like wrapping up the night with a great heels-off, hands-up sort of dance tune.
As always, we are here for you.
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