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4 Festive Holiday Party Themes

‘Tis the Holiday Party Season, over the next several weeks we’ll gather with family, friends and co­-workers to celebrate the spirit of the season. If you’ve been tapped to host this year, we have four distinct themed menus and decor tips from our event planner Michael, guaranteed to help you throw the perfect party.

Reverse Christmas in July

If you’re Southern, hate the cold or just love pulled pork sliders, we have just the theme for you. Heard of Christmas in July? Well, this menu celebrates July at Christmas. The two main features speak to to the heart of southern cooking, our BBQ station lets your guests nibble corn on the cob and load up on sliders; all while waiting for the Grill Master’s Station to offer up hot dogs and hamburgers crafted to your guests liking. The down home feeling continues with Boston Baked Beans and a Three Creamy Mac & Cheese rounding out the menu to perfection. Feature a Spiked Arnold Palmer in your bar service and finish off the event with S’more Mason Jars.

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To mix this theme with the spirit of the season play up the BBQ; select a ​red and white checkered table cloth. ​Add pine garlands to the table either placed straight down the middle or like a tic tac toe board depending how you’re setting up. Accent with g​old candle holders ​and glittered pine cones, arranged in clusters. Take it one step further by choosing a simple white china, gold linen napkins and wooden handled flatware.

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Holiday Movie Night

“Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!” - ­​I​t’s a Wonderful Life!                                                                            its-a-wonderful-life_2


The Holidays bring some of the most beloved films. From H​ome Alone ​to L​ove Actually to A​ Charlie Brown Christmas,​ there is certainly something to get your guests in the spirit. To help you celebrate, we’ve created a menu perfect for a screening of the season’s classics. Highlights include a deluxe Jumbo Popcorn Bar ranging from Classic Salted to Bourbon Caramel and everything you can imagine in between. You guests can mix their savory with their sweet with our Chocolate Milk Bar and then decorating their own cupcakes.

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Keep your decor cozy as casual. Look to dark green hues as your base to evoke that cabin, fireside feeling. Accent with festive snowmen, snowflake cut outs and get your guests involved with their favorite Holiday Sweater.

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All I Want for Christmas...

We aim to please and we bet you do too. When you’re hosting a variety of tastes, it can be a challenge, to please everyone, we start this menu with such items as Cowboy Beef Chili and Smoked Salmon Lollipops. Going one step further, we take your guests on a culinary tour with a Far East Station and an “Italian Insanity” Station. Complete your meal with seasonal dessert staples of mousse shots, cupcakes and gourmet peanut butter cups.

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Since your menu will please everyone, your decor can really be what you wish. For starters, we'd play up the origins of the Far East Station and Italian Insanity. Harness the mysteriousness of the Far East with reds and golds. Give a nod to Italy with some deep greens and crisp white china. Willow branches with t​winkle lights ​will give your event a warm ambiance that speaks to the season and will pair well with M​ariah Carey’s Christmas Hits.​

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Champagne & Caviar

The name says it all. We start off this decidedly more glamorous fê​t​e with a rolling champagne cart. Our passed hors d’oeuvres continue the elegance with Chianti Braised Short Ribs or Caramelized Pear and Fontina Tartlets as a vegetarian option. We anchor the evening with a Raw Bar Station, displaying our decadent Swordfish Ceviche. To balance the meal, we compliment the seafood with our antipasto. Our Strawberries & Cream Canapé is just one of the featured passed desserts closing out the evening.

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Draw your design inspiration from the rolling champagne cart and channel the roaring twenties. Use black tablecloths and gold accents. ​Anthropologie​ offers some great gold pennant garlands and black and white table accessories.

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Check back in over the next few weeks as we offer more Holiday tricks & tips

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