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Holiday Parties are sooner than you think!

Now is the time to make your list and check it twice. Have a place for your holiday gathering? We have some ideas...

Summer is still lingering around parts of Halifax these days so it is hard to imagine that it is almost that time of year again.  The season of giving and gathering with friends and family is right around the corner.  Now is the time to start planning your holiday celebration – more than 25% of our holiday parties at Kitchen Door are booked prior to September 1rst!

Planning now when I am still wearing shorts?  Yes! Now is the time to make your list and check it twice!  Here are some ideas and tips to get your holiday party planning started!

1. GET THE DATE

Get the date you want!  There are lots of reasons to plan early (nothing like crossing those things off the list as more gets piled on) but if you are in need of a venue for your holiday party, you will want to secure the date at least four months in advance.  December is one of the busiest months for venues and they book up quickly.

If you waited too long and your venue isn’t available, consider potentially a weeknight affair – venues are far less busy during the week – it is the Friday and Saturday slots that book first.  If it is a company party, you could look at hosting the actual holiday party in January or February.  Since our team is so busy during the holiday season – we look for dates in January when it is easier to get everyone together and the business of the holidays is behind us.

If you are looking for a perfect venue to host your holiday party, check out our Venue Listings. 

Or, if you want to do something completely unique and different – consider hosting your group at one of our private cooking classes or black-box challenges – you can check out our offerings here – it is an amazing night of fun, laughs and learning!

2. MIX IT UP

Combine a little “tradition” with a little “new and exciting” – the perfect way to infuse your party with holiday cheer.  When planning the food, utilize the resources of your caterer, they have plenty of ideas and have created 100’s of parties.   When selecting your food items – be sure to include some vegetarian, gluten-free and lighter options.

Are you working with a limited budget?  Think about offering beer & wine only and one signature cocktail instead of a full bar service.

3. ADD INTEREST

If you are entertaining at home, consider some tips from the pros.  People eat with their eyes first – when displaying the menu offerings, add visual interest – stager the dishes so they aren’t laid out in a straight line down the table.  Use height (use your collection of vases, wooden boxes/crates) to display the food at varying levels.

Color is also a great way to add interest – you can rent unique linens with sequin for a gala affair or pull out your grandmother’s lace and china for a more rustic holiday presentation.

Once you have everything planned, make sure that you are able to enjoy the party too!  Being stuck in the kitchen isn’t fun for you or your guests!  Sit, back, relax and enjoy the evening!  If you need help in planning your holiday, please keep Kitchen Door in mind.  We have a whole team of experienced professionals to assist in making your party exceptional!