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.