Be Prepared For the Holidays
Believe it or not, now is the time to start planning your next holiday party. Whether you want to throw a party to thank your employees, to bring together your neighbors, or an intimate affair for family and close friends, Andora has you covered. We’ve compiled some tips to make it easy!
Set the date
Everyone gets busy around the holidays, so book your date now and get the word out through email, Evite, paper cards, or Facebook. The sooner the better so your guests can block off their calendar before it fills up.
Choose a venue
Once you have a guest list and date together, decide what kind of party you envision. Will this be a weekday office luncheon or an intimate dinner party in your home? Or are you thinking a spacious ballroom will accommodate your size group best? Are spouses attending? Children? All of this will dictate your venue and the next step in the party planning process.
Luncheon, afternoon mixer, or an at-home party?
You have options. Depending on budget, some party planners opt for the weekday luncheon format that, by nature of the time of day, limits (or eliminates) the expense of alcoholic beverages.
- Day-time Luncheon — Did you now a catered lunch at the office is less expensive than a restaurant? The cost of catered foods do range based on menu and your selection, but by setting the time of your party for a weekday, you will keep costs down. For one thing, it’s for employees only. You also won’t be serving alcohol.
- Afternoon Mixers are gaining in popularity. These parties typically run from 4:00-6:00 PM and include heavy appetizers and beverages. Spouses and children may join the fun.
- Keep it Dessert only — another creative way to keep your costs down, is to theme your party as a dessert party or a chocolates and wine party. You could even hold a contest for the dessert—a bake-off. Winner gets a paid day off or a gift card to a local spa.
- Home parties — Often, at-home holiday parties are best. They’re personal, comfortable, and you get to maximize your dollar where it counts: the food. Rather than spend a portion of your budget on venue or bartending, you can put all of your money toward the food—either prepared by yourself or through a third-party catering company
- Get an accurate head count; don’t pay for “no shows”
- Hold your party on any day other than Friday or Saturday
- Consider pushing the party off until January or February, after the holiday craze
- Order off a menu of standard offerings to save money, rather than asking the chef to create something new from scratch
- Consider buffet or themed stations as opposed to needing a wait staff to serve everybody sit-down meals
- Pick a signature cocktail with beer and wine as opposed to open bar
- Opt for butler-style serving where staff walks hors d’oeuvres around on a tray (people tend to eat what they take and not fill a plate unnecessarily)
No matter when or where you decide to hold your party, you can always enlist the help of a professional such as Andora catering. Pittsburgh-based Andora will partner with you to pull of the holiday party you envision.
Think of us as your secret weapon. We can work with you to select a menu. Then we can arrange to deliver the food and stay to set-up and serve, circulating while you mingle with your guests. Or, if you prefer, we can drop it off and let you serve your guests and we arrange to come back another day to pick up the chafing dishes and other equipment.