With holiday party season in full force, I thought I would share with you a few concepts that have been requested by many of my clients. Beyond your traditional dinner and DJ entertainment come several ideas to mix things up this year. While many of your parties have come and gone, I challenge you last-minute planners to give these goodies a try!
Late-Night Finger Food. If your party begins at 5:00 PM with a cocktail hour, dinner is served around 6:30 and the bar is open until midnight or even 1:00 AM, maintain the party's stamina by offering late-night finger food. From spring rolls to mac & cheese bites, give your guests a little snack to cleanse their tipsy palates. Three-plus hours of an open bar following a meal is a long time to boast holiday cheer! You run the risk of of over-serving your guests and straining their soon-to-be empty stomachs. Pick a late-night time (maybe 10:30 PM) to roll out a second round of hors d'oeuvres. I guarantee you will be thanked for the thought!
Use a Casino Vendor. Is your holiday party the same every year? Roll in some unique entertainment like a casino vendor to mix things up. These vendors will provide casino tables (i.e. Roulette, Black Jack, Craps and Poker), chips and more for your very own Las Vegas experience. You can even provide your employees with fake betting money to avoid controversy. (Tip: make sure the venue you've contracted has the space to acccommodate the additional tables and chairs added.)
Alternate Desserts. After an elegantly plated holiday meal at your evening function or holiday luncheon, switch up the desserts so that each individual will sample a different flavor. For example, every other person gets a cheesecake or a chocolate mousse cake. This inserts an element of surprise and fascination into the finale of your party (dessert). It is also a budget-friendly way to add diversity to your menu.