Holiday Party Planning: Tis the Season for Holiday Catering

It's That Time for Holiday Catering

It's that special time of year again! With Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve, there's a holiday party at your office... every month... until next year... Oh my! For those of you who just get to go to these holiday parties and kick it with your coworkers, it's a great time for you. For the planners of these parties, it can be stressful and a little overwhelming.

But don't panic just yet over planning that special holiday party. If you start planning now you will be ahead of the game. Let us help you with your event planning with some tips from our event planning experts.

Decide on a Date

When deciding on your holiday party date, remember that people will most likely have multiple holiday parties they are invited to. Keep this in mind when planning your office holiday event. Plan for your event in the week(s) before or after the actual holiday date. If possible, the easiest thing for everyone would be a short holiday party during everyone's lunch break. Or plan it in the evening on a weekday, such as Thursday evening. Friday and Saturday nights are always the default options, so there may be schedule conflicts those nights.

Book the Catering Early

Always book your holiday catering well in advance. The Fall and Winter season are the busiest time of the year for catering companies, so don't wait until the last minute to place an order. There's more to order than just food, too. Make a complete list of all the items you need for your holiday party: decorations, tables / table settings, glassware, utensils, food, drinks, ice, servers, etc. One useful holiday party planning tip is to verify with your caterer that they have the resources and manpower to provide what you need, as they will have many parties to serve during the holidays. Unfortunately, they may sometimes unintentionally overbook. It happens. Make sure it doesn't happen to you!

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Can you smell the eggnog and gingerbread yet?

Communicate with Your Caterer

Whatever the time of your event, we suggest rolling back the clock 15-30 min when ordering holiday catering. If your event starts at 7 pm and you want the food ready by then, tell the caterer to deliver the food at 6:30 or 6:45 pm. This gives you some buffer time in case the caterer arrives late. Communicate with them leading up to event to confirm delivery time and special considerations for your holiday party. Communication is key for ensuring there are no hiccups in delivery.

Diet Considerations

The holidays can be a hard time for people with diet concerns, whether they be for health reasons and otherwise. Be inclusive of your coworkers' diet concerns by ordering a variety of food. Include some vegetarian and vegan options, gluten-free options, and other healthy alternatives. Your holiday party doesn't have to mean heavy food and sugar overload to be enjoyed. At the same time, have fun with the variety. Get some seasonal favorites that aren't available year-round, like hot apple cider or pumpkin spice coffee. Try to get a couple of options beyond your typical restaurant fare.

Holidays are always a special time, where family, friends, and colleagues come together and celebrate, share a special meal, and make unforgettable memories. If you are the holiday planner, just remember to relax yourself. On the day of your holiday party, it's okay for you to let loose a bit and enjoy the special feeling of the holiday season!

If you plan your party carefully, sensibly, and choose the right holiday catering company, your guests will remember it. You'll be known and remembered as the one that throws great office holiday parties. That's a great place to be.

Order catering services through CaterMeThis and we will ensure you have a stress-free, delicious experience at your party. Enjoy!

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