Had my Holiday Party this past Monday and it was stellar. I’ve written about how to host great parties previously so will only reiterate my top 3 tips:
#1: DON’T DRINK AND HOST
This is something I started doing a couple of years ago and I cannot tell you how much of a positive impact it has had on my parties.
- As the host it is easy to get stressed and drink too much which has way too many downsides to enumerate.
- But the primary problem with a “toasted” host is that your party is now rudderless. So Just Don’t Do It! And I must add that as much as I like drinking, the positive outcome of being a sober host is so phenomenal that I don’t feel deprived at all. It’s 100% worthwhile.
#2: KEEP IT EASY PEASY
Simple, not complicated is the way to go. Only serve things you can prepare in advance, no last minute slaving away in the kitchen. I don’t even do a Christmas tree because it is too much of a hassle to take down. However, I did do a wreath that I shamelessly copied from Katarina Matsson’s instagram (she’s the content director of ELLE Sweden). Hers is way chicer than mine but it was a big hit nevertheless.
I’ve also gotten more confident about how much food I really need. My preference is to have very little in the way of leftovers.
For this party, with 35 people, that ran for almost 6 hours, I served:
- 4 salads (farro, barley, quinoa and black-eyed peas): based on the recipes, the salads could serve 20 people
- 4 lbs of various cheeses
- 4 lbs of cold cuts and saucisson sec
- 2 lbs olives, dried tomatoes, cornichons, etc.
- 2 large baguettes sliced
- 4 boxes of crackers
- Chocolates and cookies (not an excessive amount) – all from Jacques Torres
- Fresh strawberries
HIRE THE BEST HELP YOU CAN AFFORD!!
This is my second party with Kyle Banks and it was even more of a success than the previous one (my birthday, back in August).
- A good server has the skills to make sure everything looks amazing and consistently keeps service dishes perfectly plated and clean.
- Kyle also kept cheeses and charcuteries looking so appetizing even as people dug in.
- Wine was served, platters were washed – AND he kept me hydrated with sparkling water.
- And my guests love him – he’s a super cool, interesting guy.
Bottom Line: The Annual Holiday Party was a huge success (see more photos below).
Also, below read more on what is happening to corporate holiday parties (especially in the real estate industry known for their wild, over-the-top bashes).
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