Drink + Dine

Celebrate More, Stress Less: Holiday Party Planning Simplified

October 29, 2014
Written by: sbe Editor

It’s time to start looking ahead to the holidays, and planning that perfect winter party that your guests will look forward to and rave about for months after. But achieving that certain je ne sais quoi that will make it a night to remember can be tricky – so we’re here to help! Here are some key tips and tricks to remember to make sure you’re the host with the most this holiday season.

Vision and Theme

Do you want your party to be holiday specific, or holiday neutral? Black-tie, or casual? Start thinking about the overarching vibe you want to achieve and use these big-picture ideas to lay the foundation for the rest of your planning.

Food Presentation and Selections

Sit-down dinners are a wonderful choice for a formal event, while passed appetizers and canapés are more conducive to mingling and mixing throughout the night. Alternatively, a buffet is a great mix of the two, as guests have a more active role in the pacing of the evening and get the best of both worlds.

Drinks and Cocktails

Let’s be honest: the drinks are the most important part of any party. We have a full suite of cocktail catering brands to suit your specific vision for the night, whether you prefer classic cocktails or modern concoctions, like the Liquid Nitrogen Caipirinha.


Don’t forget to set the mood! Music should mirror your vision and theme, whether that means hiring a DJ who can take the cues for when to switch things up and get people on their feet, or simply taking the time to plan out a killer playlist that can carry the evening along.


Remember that during the holidays you’ll be fighting for calendar space with lots of other parties – so get those invites out early if you want to throw you party on a weekend. If you’re cutting it closer to the event date, Wednesday and Thursday nights will also get you a high turn out. And don’t forget to book our catering early!


If you’re hosting an intimate evening at home, let us bring in the mouth-watering food and drinks while you focus on setting the scene and mingling with your guests. If you’re looking for something a little more soup to nuts for your soiree, our award-winning venues will take care of all the work from set up to clean up. You’ll have the party of the year either way!