Brace Yourself for Black Friday with These Dos and Don’ts
Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season but Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season. After the leftovers are packed away and the last dish is washed, thoughts quickly turn from stuffing to shopping. This year is predicted to be bigger than ever, with the National Retail Federation expecting holiday sales to increase 3.7% over last year’s, making the total a whopping $630.7 billion spent by consumers! For less stress and more fun while out shopping this Black Friday, here are a few dos and don’ts:
- Pick up a newspaper the Sunday before Thanksgiving to check out the hottest items at each store.
- Look for coupons and compare price match policies before you head out. Know what qualifies and bring those Sunday flyers with you as proof of the competing price to be matched.
- Make a list and stick to it. It will be easy to be swayed by in-store advertisements, other shoppers, and general excitement. You are less likely to blow your budget if you spend some time planning before you get to the stores.
- Consider which in-store specials are truly worth standing in line for. Some items such as clothing may be marked down further online on Cyber Monday. Also, toys are usually cheapest during the first two weeks of December.
- Have a plan and map it out. Traffic will already be heavy, so figure out the easiest route for you to take that will include all the stores you want to visit.
- Be prepared. Have a full phone battery, phone charger, water, snacks, and comfortable shoes, as well as appropriate outer wear if you plan on standing outside before store openings.
- Consider how you will get your goods home. Some stores offer free shipping online which can save you from trying to fit a large object into your vehicle.
- Increased traffic and decreased parking spaces are easier to conquer as a team.
- Don’t rely solely on the flyers in the paper. There are multiple websites that have the scoop on unadvertised specials. Research deal aggregator sites and check out your favorite stores’ and products’ social media sites.
- Don’t carry your giant everyday purse. Consider a cross body bag with necessities only. You will be thankful when you are carrying your purchases to not have the added weight.
- Don’t bring young children. Their patience will wear out and that means yours will too.
- Don’t be rude to fellow shoppers and clerks.
- Don’t forget to secure your purchases. If you are planning on storing items in your car between stores, do not leave in plain sight for thieves. Bring a large blanket to cover bigger items and store smaller items under seats.
- Don’t forget to treat yourself. Whether it’s a fancy coffee or a gorgeous pair of gloves, budget a little something for yourself.
Be sure that Buca di Beppo is a part of your shopping crew’s Black Friday. Whether you are refueling before you head back out for more deals or have shopped until you’ve dropped, let us restore you with a delicious meal. Relax, laugh over your day, and high-five each other on your purchases, while we take care of the meal….and the dishes!
Caring for Your Out of Town Guests This Thanksgiving
Holidays mean out of town guests, which can lead to a lot of logistics surrounding who is staying where. Whether it is your grandchildren, friends, or third cousins, if your situation permits, you may be opening up your home to guests this Thanksgiving. A little advanced planning will help you and your house guests feel the most comfortable. Discuss daily plans and sleeping arrangements with them before they arrive so they will know what to expect during their visit.
If your guests are arriving to your home on their own and have not visited you before, email and text your address and phone number a few days beforehand. If you are picking up your guests, be sure to have their travel itinerary (with train / flight numbers) a few days before their arrival.
Be sure your guests’ bed is outfitted with freshly laundered sheets and pillowcases, and a nice pillow or two. A bedside light for reading will make a room feel more welcoming and a small vase with flowers is a nice touch. Store extra blankets in the closet and make a space for your guests to hang some of their clothes or consider purchasing a garment rack. If you have a dresser in your guest bedroom, clear a drawer or two so your guests aren’t living entirely out of their suitcases. You may want to consider a leaving a short list with information such as your wi-fi password, household quirks (the shower handles are backward) and rules (no smoking. don’t let the cat out.) If they will be coming and going from your home without you, provide them with a spare key so they can lock up when they leave and aren’t relying on you to let them in.
Stock your guest bathroom with plenty of clean towels, toilet paper, and shower necessities. A basket filled with small-sized toiletries is often appreciated by guests who may have forgotten something.
Stock your refrigerator with beverages and your pantry with snacks. Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on your kitchen counter and make things easy to find, such as a basket with granola bars for the early risers. Put coffee cups by the coffee maker as well as setting out some plates, bowls, and utensils.
Check your local websites, newspaper and magazines for upcoming events and leave these in your guests’ room so they can browse them as well. Decide ahead of time what each day will entail in regards to outings and entertainment. You may be interested in doing everything together for their entire stay or you may be otherwise occupied and want your guests to have all the information necessary to plan their own outing.
A major point that needs consideration for you and your guests is food. An easy solution to this necessary part of your plan is to bring your guests to Buca di Beppo. Whether you are looking for a great place to gather when your hungry guests arrive after their travels, a meeting place for everyone after their Black Friday shopping, or a delicious traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, Buca di Beppo will make you and your guests feel right at home.
How to Host a Perfect Holiday Party
The end of the calendar year brings lots of holidays and celebrations. Hosting the perfect holiday party requires some pre-planning and a festive outlook. First, you need to decide when you want to have your party. Choose a date that works for key guests. Everyone is very busy at this time of year and it is inevitable that someone will be unable to attend. You can’t accommodate everyone’s schedules so focus on a few that are absolutely vital to your gathering. Next, send out your invitations. Whether you choose online or traditional paper invitations isn’t as important as the fact that you actually send them out. They allow your guests a reference point as the party approaches to verify times, address, and attire, also the RSVPs will determine your menu planning.
If you will be hosting your holiday party at your home, you can begin preparing your space a few days before the event. Clean your house, rearrange your furniture, and establish an area for guests’ coats. You may want to make a playlist featuring a mix of holiday classics and current favorites. Prepare your powder room with extra hand towels, tissues, and a scented candle. Begin emptying your ice maker basket into clean plastic bags and storing in your freezer or designate someone to pick up a few bags from the store immediately before the party begins.
The day of your party you can set up your beverage area. Don’t try to offer every spirit and spend your whole evening playing bartender. Have a signature drink for your guests such as a sparkling punch. This paired with beer, wine, bottled water, and sodas will accommodate everyone’s drink wishes. Have nuts placed throughout the party area and set out plates, silverware, napkins, and glasses near where your food will be. Also have serving bowls, platters, and serving utensils ready for your dishes and anything your guests bring. Just before your guests are set to arrive: light your candles, dim your lights, and put on some music.
Offer appetizers to hold your guests over before the meal is ready. Serving a meal buffet style generally works best and is most comfortable for guests. If you aren’t sure what sort of a menu you should have, let Buca di Beppo help. Our half and full Party Pans and Celebration Packages offer everything you need; from salads and appetizers, to entrees and desserts.
If you want to have a holiday party but your place is too small or the thought of having everyone in your home stresses you out, host your event at a favorite venue. Buca di Beppo’s dining and banquet rooms are a perfect gathering place for your holiday party. You and your guests will enjoy delicious Italian specialties and receive attentive service from our knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Start a New Tradition This Thanksgiving: Let Buca di Beppo Cater Your Meal
The fourth Thursday in November is cherished as a day for gathering with your family and friends. Too often the joy of this day is overshadowed by the pressure to cook a massive meal for your guests. While some people love being in the kitchen, making an elaborate meal, some people dread the idea. Maybe you don’t have the space for more than one chef in your kitchen. Maybe you don’t want multiple well-meaning guests asking you where your mixers or utensils are. Maybe you don’t want your mother-in-law constantly inquiring about the status of the turkey and offering her suggestions of how she would have done it differently. Maybe you simply want to spend more time with your guests. Whatever your reason, it’s no wonder that thoughts about Thanksgiving meals can cause a lot of stress. The traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings requires a lot of time, energy, and organization beforehand as well as on the day of celebration. The combination of planning your menu, purchasing ingredients, prepping casseroles, the logistics of cooking multiple dishes at varying temperatures, the pressure to perfectly present an ideal bird, and the endless cleanup, add up and become enormously time consuming. Even if you try the “pot luck” option and everyone agrees to bring a dish, that calls for organization, planning, and preparation by a hostess as well as each person individually.
This year vow to give yourself more time to spend with your family and friends by letting us take the work out of your Thanksgiving meal. From starters and salads to main courses and desserts, Buca di Beppo will provide delicious Italian specialties for your Thanksgiving so you can focus on entertaining your guests. We can even accommodate every guests’ specific dietary needs, from vegetarian, vegan, low fat, to gluten-free.
Check out our menu and place your order by giving us a call or filling out our online order form. We can even help you plan the perfect menu to feed your family and friends. Whether you’re feeding a dozen people or a hundred, no gathering is too big or too small.
After considering the time, effort, and expense spent preparing a giant meal for your guests, the budget-friendly options at Buca di Beppo make more sense. Why be stressed or exhausted? You should enjoying your day with your guests, not sweating and stressing about the details of your Thanksgiving meal. Start a new tradition this year with a family feast from Buca di Beppo. Everyone will love our delicious food and no one will need to run around town looking for an ingredient, bump into a fellow chef in a hot kitchen, or wake up before sunrise to start cooking. Let us take care of your Thanksgiving meal this year so that you can put the focus where it should be….on your family and friends.
Traditional Turkey Meets Italian Classics: Thanksgiving at Buca di Beppo
Stop stressing and forget about preparing a giant meal for everyone this Thanksgiving. With out of town houseguests, kids home from college, and extended family all wanting to come to your house for Thanksgiving visits, it’s enough to make even the most calm home cook a bit anxious. So why worry about doing it all yourself? Come to Buca di Beppo and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner without any of the work. Each Turkey Feast is served family style and feeds six adults. Enjoy sliced white meat turkey, home-style gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie, all starting at $19 per person!*
Whether you like to have an early meal (we open at 11 a.m.) after you’ve watched the parade and want to get back home for some football, or like a late meal before heading out to the Black Friday sales, we can get your family fed and probably send you all home with leftovers. We can accommodate just about any size group of guests that you would like to gather and share a Thanksgiving meal with. No doubt your group is sure to love our restaurant’s atmosphere and our staff will take special care of each and every person in your party. This Thanksgiving, rather than waiting on all your guests yourself, let us wait on them and take care of you, too.
Our traditional Italian offerings are all available Thanksgiving Day as well. From our appetizers to our desserts, each item is prepared using fresh ingredients and served family style, guaranteeing that no one will walk away hungry. Try a seafood appetizer platter before your Turkey Feast or order all your favorite classic pizzas, pastas, and entrees. No matter the combination everyone will be sure to be pleased. Plus, our hot, fresh bread will have you wondering why you ever thought those canned rolls were a good idea in the first place.
Thanksgiving is definitely about food, but it is also about family. This year, instead of spending the day away from your family in a hot kitchen, spend more time with them and let Buca di Beppo take care of your Thanksgiving meal. Just think: no running around town with a grocery list, no endless preparations of a full menu, and no dishes!
Space fills up quickly so don’t delay. Make your reservation today for spending Thanksgiving with Buca di Beppo. Everyone will be so glad you did!
*When a Buca Large Thanksgiving Feast is shared by six people. Pricing subject to change and may vary by location.
Catering Holiday Events Saves Time, Cost, and Sanity
The holiday season means an increase in social gatherings. Between office parties, children’s performances, religious celebrations, and the arrival of out of town guests, you may wonder how in the world you are going to fit it all in. On top of that, you know that everyone is always hungry. Before you begin to panic about how you will feed everyone, consider the easiest option: catering. Many people think they can provide the food for an event for less than the cost of catering. Before you do this, it is important to take an honest look at what you would spend if you prepared a menu yourself, as well as factor in time spent gathering the ingredients and cooking all the dishes. If you are cooking for a crowd, you can easily spend the same amount that it would cost to cater your event, but with catering you save your time and the hassle. At this time of year everyone needs a little more of the former and a little less of the latter. Let the chefs at Buca di Beppo do what they do best, prepare scrumptious family-style Italian entrees, so you can spend your time doing the hundreds of things that you need to do.
A great catering option to consider is your Thanksgiving meal. Let us reduce the stress and anxiety of producing a perfect Thanksgiving meal on your own, and allow you to spend the day with your friends and family. This Thanksgiving Buca di Beppo is offering a delicious, traditional Thanksgiving meal with an Italian flair. Our Thanksgiving Feast includes sliced white meat turkey, home-style gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans, and cranberry sauce. Add some of our regular menu items such as traditional pastas, fresh salads, and mouth-watering garlic bread to create a catered meal customized to your party.
During the holiday season, businesses want to show their appreciation to their workers and give them a chance to celebrate. Whether you are interested in providing lunch for your office or planning a party for the whole company, Buca’s got you covered. We can work with you every step of the way to make sure your menu is full of everyone’s favorites and meet your budget.
Are you in charge of refreshments following a holiday event? Even celebrations held at non-meal times tend to have some sort of snack or dessert. Consider a dessert bar featuring our Dolce Platters, an array of tiramisu, double dark chocolate cake, homemade cheesecake and Italian crème cake.
No matter the reason, Buca has the perfect answer for feeding your guests. We even provide you with plastic plates, utensils, and napkins with every order so you don’t need to worry about anything standing between your guests and our freshly prepared offerings. Whether you’re planning a Thanksgiving dinner at home, a meal for your staff, or any other gathering this season, let Buca di Beppo cater it so you can spend more time enjoying it!
Anniversary Celebrations and Buca: A Marriage Made in Heaven
Celebrating a wedding anniversary is a joyous time in a couple’s life, especially when celebrating a milestone like a 25th, 50th, or 60th. While most of these anniversary parties are hosted by a couple’s children, siblings and close friends also choose to host, or often the couple organizes the party themselves. There are no rules for who the host(s) should be, only that the loving couple receives the celebration they deserve.
At Buca di Beppo we love to celebrate love. Our specialized decor and wonderful wait staff provide a perfect environment to host an anniversary party. Simply make reservations with us if your party is small or reserve one of our dining rooms if your party is larger.
A few things you may want to consider before your party:
- Choose a date and time. If you are planning for the couple, (possibly as a surprise,) be sure they are not otherwise engaged for the evening you are choosing. Also consider whether they are night owls or early birds to accommodate their schedules.
- Prepare a guest list and send out invitations several weeks in advance if your celebration is more than a few guests. Printed, handwritten, or emailed invitations with RSVP cards/notifications will help give you a fairly accurate head count for seating and meal planning. Be sure to include the names of the guests of honor, the day, date, and time of the event, where it will be held, and the host(s) contact information.
- Decide if gifts will be accepted. The couple may choose to open gifts during or after the party. Be sure a list of who gave each gift is made if they choose to open gifts at the party. If the couple does not wish to receive gifts, it should be noted on the invitation.
- Order a cake or dessert. A sweet treat is often decorated for the special couple. Have this delivered to your party location in advance and assign someone to be responsible for when it should be presented to the couple.
- Designate a photographer. Practically everyone has cameras on their phones but rarely do they give the perfect outcome. Hire a photographer or ask a friend or family member who enjoys taking photos to record the special event.
- Consider your toasts. A wonderfully thoughtful touch to the evening, a toast is generally given by the host(s) and often the anniversary couple say a few words as well.
- Decide on favors. Small party favors for guests are appreciated and can be personalized to commemorate the celebration.
A wedding anniversary party is a special time for family and friends to congratulate and celebrate a major milestone in a special couple’s life. If you or your loved ones have an anniversary approaching and you’d like to celebrate, Buca can help to make your party fun, romantic, and memorable. Let us fill you and your guests’ stomachs while the anniversary couple’s love fills your guests’ hearts.
Trick or Treating Tips to Make This Year’s Halloween the Best Ever
The end of October brings around a very exciting night for most kids—Halloween! We want all of our little ghosts and goblins to be safe and have fun so here are a few trick or treating tips:
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- Plan a route in advance. Consider the age of your children so you don’t end up far from home when your littlest one gets tired and doesn’t want to walk anymore.
- Review road safety. Only cross at corners or in crosswalks, and obey traffic signals. Never dart out into the street and always be watching for cars.
- Wear comfortable shoes. This goes for parents and youngsters. Many a princess has had to be carried by her prince (dad) due to the desire to wear uncomfortable dress shoes.
- Be well seen. Reflective tape, glow sticks, and flashlights will help your ghouls see as well as be seen.
- Ditch the masks. Face makeup is much more comfortable than a mask and children’s views are not obstructed.
- Remember manners. Remind your little devils to say “thank-you” or ask “how many?” before digging into a candy bowl.
- Enter homes only with a trusted adult. Some neighborhoods have “haunted” houses set up or small buffets, be sure to discuss in advance what you will do if you are invited into someone’s home who is doing this.
- Check your child’s candy. While safety is your number one concern here, you’re also on the look-out for your favorite mini candy bar…you know the one that’s going to “disappear” when your little monster falls asleep.
- Fill everyone’s tummy with something yummy before heading out. A balanced meal featuring protein and fiber will help prevent crazy blood sugar spikes and crashes from mini-candy binges.
A great Halloween idea is to get a group together to eat before everyone heads out in search of candy. Swing by Buca di Beppo and grab some Buca To-Go because everyone can agree that kids (and parents) love pasta! No one will have to cook and instead you can concentrate on making sure that Cleopatra’s eyeliner is perfect or perform the last minute modifications to your little vampire’s cape. Everyone can eat together and show off their costumes before deciding which doorbell they want to ring first. This is also a great time to get some group pictures while everyone’s freshly attired and not yet running in all directions.
Popular hours for trick or treating generally range from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and are often posted in local newspapers or on neighborhood websites. Depending on the size of your group, decide to all leave and return at the same time or divide up based on age groups. Have the little ones head out early so they can be home near their regular bedtimes and let the older kids go together with a designated parent who will stay out later.
With a little planning this year can be the best Halloween ever. Let Buca take care of your pre-trick or treating meal so everyone can focus on having a spooky, fun night together!
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Start a New Tradition: Holiday Banquets at Buca
One of the highlights of the holiday season is all the great gatherings of family and friends. But sometimes these events get stressful when logistics of seating and serving arise. You might all be trying to figure out whose house is big enough to host your group or what everyone will eat. Don’t try to fit the extended family around a tiny table or worry about having enough food. Come to Buca di Beppo for a festive evening with us in one of our semi-private dining rooms. Our whimsically decorated rooms paired with our authentic, chef-prepared Italian cuisine, served by a wonderful wait staff allows everyone space to mingle with no one stuck in the kitchen cooking and cleaning up. Buca takes care of everything so you can focus on quality time with your family and friends.
Don’t forget to think beyond your usual gatherings and consider starting a new tradition. What about hosting a banquet after a big day of shopping? Everyone can shop ’til they drop on Black Friday, then meet at Buca, because who wants to cook after chasing down all those great deals!? What about a special holiday meeting of your book club or workout group? It’s always fun to mix it up a bit and see people in a new surrounding. Come fuel up before an evening of caroling or before caravanning out to view the holiday light displays. Everyone loves a reason to celebrate, including us! Together we can plan your perfect holiday get together. We’ll handle the food so you can focus on the fun!
Regardless of the size of your gathering, know that everyone will be entertained and impressed by our high-energy staff, lively music, and family-style portions specially suited for sharing. Design a menu specific to your event to feature everyone’s favorites and to accommodate any specific dietary restrictions. Gluten-free? Vegetarian? No problem! Our diverse menu options will satisfy everyone. Customize your party menu to include antipasti, fresh salads, baked pastas, delicious entrees, decadent desserts, and refreshing beverages. Several of our locations also offer bar packages and drink ticket packages to include cocktails, beer, and wine in your celebrations.
To begin planning your holiday banquet use the online form on our website and a sales manager will contact you. After discussing the necessities such as number of people attending, date and time, and menu, our staff will work with you to make sure every other detail is perfect for your party. Our skilled team is experienced in a wide range of social, religious and cultural events, can work with any budget, and is able to meet a wide variety of needs. By assisting you from your initial planning stages through the final goodbyes of your party, our team’s attention to detail will ensure your holiday banquet is one that everyone will remember. Personalize your special event to your exact preferences, knowing that you will always receive impeccably created Italian cuisine and five-star service at Buca.
Invite Buca to Your Holiday Luncheon
As 2015 draws to a close, it is time to celebrate your staff. Between Thanksgiving and the New Year everyone begins to feel a bit stressed, both personally and professionally. Family obligations mixed with end of year work projects can make even the most selfless person want a little recognition. Holiday luncheons allow you and your staff to celebrate the year’s individual and company successes as a team.
Regardless of the size of your organization, employees appreciate the ability to bond over their organization’s accomplishments. Everyone likes to know where the organization stands, what it has achieved this year, and how they contributed to that success. Give a short speech and invite others to say a few words about their departments or projects, then hand out awards, draw for raffles, and announce door prizes. Team building activities and friendly competitions can also add a light-hearted air to the afternoon.
Luncheons are the most common type of holiday party because they generally take place during regular work hours and are celebrated at the workplace. No travel or transportation logistics need to be arranged, but that doesn’t mean that it’s just another day at the office! Entertainers, DJs, or motivational speakers would add a fun element to your party. Decorate and maybe even consider a theme. Depending on the size of your workplace, designate a single buffet area for all the food, or if space allows, set up multiple stations (salad bar, dessert bar) to allow mixing and mingling.
If you’d like to change it up a bit, choose a community service project for your employees to do together. Whether assembling care packages in your office or spending the day on location, offer a catered holiday meal to keep your team fueled up for their project.
This year, ditch the traditional office potluck. Shopping for, preparing, and transporting a dish to the office means more work for everyone in their already busy schedules. Let Buca cater your luncheon and know that everyone will be delighted by all the delicious dishes we offer. Multiple dietary options are available, including vegetarian and gluten-free, insuring no one is left out of the festivity. From a variety of salads and entrees to desserts and drinks, we can take care of everything. We even provide all the necessary additions such as plates, silverware, and napkins.
Start planning your holiday luncheon now by deciding a date and sending out informal email invitations to your employees. RSVPs can be requested but generally a majority of your staff will be able to attend since the event is being held during their normal work hours. Clients and spouses aren’t usually invited to holiday luncheons but you may want to consider this gesture and be sure to specify exactly who is invited on the invitations.
Don’t forget to invite Buca! A catered lunch from Buca is a wonderful way to show your staff how much they mean to you and the company. Equipped with a date and number of attendees, your local Buca restaurant will work with you to coordinate and plan the perfect holiday luncheon that your staff will remember well into the New Year.
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