‘Tis the season for holiday get togethers. Most of us look forward to spending at least an evening or two catching up with our friends, family, and loved ones. Some people go all out during the holidays with expansive buffets and elegant decorations. Hundreds to thousands of dollars can be spent putting on an exquisite gala. But one doesn’t have to break the piggy bank to put on a Holiday gathering. With a little planning, one can put on a memorable Holiday party on a limited budget.
HAVE A MORNING PARTY.
Morning parties tend to be more economical than parties scheduled later in the day. Many of the traditional breakfast items are lower in cost than a lunch or dinner. Potatoes, Eggs, and Pancakes can all be served and cost pennies to the dollar of what a typical lunch or dinner buffet would cost and provides an option for many of those with dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian. People tend to eat less in the morning as well, and drink less—if any—alcohol. It also frees up your guest to participate in additional events during the evening.
If an early morning party doesn’t work into your schedule, consider a “Dessert Bar.” The Holiday season is one of the most popular times for sweets and treats. Many of us take a holiday break from our diets and healthy eating habits to splurge a little on the tastes of the season. Take advantage of this and serve a delicious buffet of cookies, pies, and other holiday desserts.This not only makes a wonderful presentation but is sure to delight guests!
Potlucks are always a great option because they require the least amount of work and give a topic of discussion among guests. Most of us have a go-to recipe but also find it fun to try out a new recipe and use our loved ones as the guinea pig! For those that don’t cook, there is always the option of bringing a drink, or a dish from your local deli. One can also have a dish delivered in the morning to their home or office by a local caterer. Most catering companies are equipped with disposable trays and utensils, typically used for office meetings and corporate events. Ingallina’s Box Lunch—with kitchens located in Portland, Seattle, Phoenix and Los Angeles—even offers free delivery with low minimum orders. This makes it easy during the busy holidays to provide a potluck dish to your favorite party.
Holiday parties are not about the gourmet foods and holiday decorations. It’s about being with friends, family and loved ones during this special time of year. Finding ways to spend time together—no matter what the budget—should be the priority.
Ingallina’s Box Lunch is a catering company offers delicious box lunches with free delivery services in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and Phoenix.