Plan A Holiday Party Without Breaking The Bank
It's that time of year again when people will start winding down for the holiday season and looking forward to spending some time with friends and family without the pressures of having worry about work - at least for a short time. It's a time when many people take their annual leave and plan that special function which allows them to recharge with their nearest and dearest.
However, it's also a time when expenditures can rapidly get out of control. With seasonal gifts and family celebrations, bank accounts can be placed under severe strain.
The good news is that there are a number of great ideas for that special celebration which will allow everyone to enjoy the great company and still not have a panic attack when it comes to post-festive season finances.
The first is to make it clear to guests that expensive gifts are not required - you are there for the friendship and love. If you feel that gifts may be a nice touch then try the Secret Santa method - and limit the budget that everyone is allowed to spend.
When it comes to feeding guests less is more. It's not necessary to have a heavy sit down meal. A buffet is just as much fun - if not more fun. It allows people to mix and mingle without being tied down to a seating arrangement.
Simple bite-sized snacks like seasonal hearty soups the ever-popular pigs in a blanket, sausage rolls, canapes, and other finger foods can end up costing a lot less than that providing a full sit down meal - and be more fun as well. It's even worth asking selected guests to bring their favorite dish. Including them in the holiday planning fun makes them feel that they are an important part of the occasion.
However as the nights get longer across the United States and elsewhere in the Northern hemisphere there is a great way to bring the evening to a close - and that to hire a catering company to supply fun food and/or drinks experiences such as gourmet coffee bars or even serve hot chocolate with a variety of toppings to guests. Not only are these the perfect way to end of any evening - but they also a great way to allow guests to unwind with a welcome cup of something hot.
Gourmet coffee bars and/or hot chocolate is a delight - but the whole catering experience offers much, much more. take the pressure off being a host or hostess. Let a catering company handle everything from setup to serving and the essential clean up afterward.
This allows you to get down to the essential business of simply enjoying the company of those who you have invited to share the seasonal joy with joy (or for that matter any occasion).
Having a catered gourmet coffee bar or a hot chocolate bar with a toppings bar is simply one of the most cost effective and fun ways to treat your guests. It will make your event one that is fun and memorable without breaking the bank.