Welcome to the 2015 holiday entertaining season and one of grandest Christmas traditions is to outdo last year’s dinner and cocktail parties. For hosts that take their entertaining responsibilities seriously, egg nog and pigs in a blanket are just not going to cut it. This year’s popular entertaining ideas give hosts ample opportunity to enhance their standing on the social ladder and create memorable experiences.
This year’s top trends show a softer side to the season where family and friends become the centre pieces to holiday get togethers.
Small size equals big flavor
Shelve the hors d’oeuvres for your next shindig and instead miniaturize. ‘Small plates’ and Tapas is the practice of offering regular meals but in much smaller portions which has replaced the ‘main course’ in finer restaurants. Serving this way creates a unique and memorable culinary experience for your guests.
Catering experts suggest creating 6-10 different items. A wider variety and smaller portions encourages your guests to try food they may have never wanted to (or dared to) try. Serving ‘small plates’ also enhances the ‘mingling factor’ as guests can easily walk around with their food during the party.
Bring out the family tree
Edible Genealogy is a new trend in entertaining and what better time to celebrate your own family heritage then during holiday season. This one may require some homework as you reach out to family and research recipes and favorites from previous generations along the family line.
Discovering interesting facts about the family tree along the way may be as satisfying as the recipes you create. Your guests will fondly remember the experience as you share stories and background on the dishes giving them their own unique ‘character’.
A good host is one who understands and caters to the needs of their guests. It starts the moment you take their coat and continues until they make it home safely after an enjoyable evening. Hosts can fine tune their party planning by selecting healthy recipes to compliment the usual holiday fare. Vegetarian or vegan alternatives are usually a must these days as many live a meat free lifestyle. Healthy and responsible choices extend to the bar as the holidays are prime time for luxury beverages.
Dinner engagements and cocktail parties are only as great as the drinks being served. It’s traditional to offer seasonal mixed drinks, hard spirits and wines at any gathering during the holidays and in the past, offering premium luxury alternative to those responsible for getting everyone home safely was limited. For 2015, a new brand of luxury non-alcoholic beverages from MADD has come to market and elevates the Christmas entertaining experience. Designated drivers and those that prefer not to consume sprits can still enjoy classic drinks around the holidays while helping an important cause.
The season for entertaining family and friends is here and the sign of any successful gathering is when your guests leave wanting more. These trends give hosts the ability to truly personalize their party and create a lasting holiday experience for their guests.
By Doron Levy Courtesy TheTopTier Digital Media