The Christmas and winter holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with family, friends, and co-workers, so you can expect a busy season in 2019. If you’re in charge of planning any events from November through January, you might already be thinking about ideas on how to throw an unforgettable fete. However, time is running short. You’ll need to start setting up, the venue, New York holiday and event catering services, and many other details. For some inspiration, check out some options that are sure to put your guests in the mood.
Breakfast or Brunch:
You may not be able to fully replicate the joy of Christmas morning, but you can at least start with a good hearty meal. Most catering companies have a range of choices, from a light continental or oatmeal breakfast to a filling brunch with frittatas, quiches, and an array of tasty meats. If you want to treat your guests to an elegant morning, you might opt for smoked salmon with all the accoutrements or English tea sandwiches. You might consider fruit juice mimosas for a festive affair, but don’t forget the coffee if your event is work-related.
In many ways, the holidays are about the joy of being a child. There’s perhaps nothing more iconic about being a kid than going to the local carnival, street fair, or festival. Cotton candy, pretzels, hot dogs, mini sandwiches, and many other treats will bring back the days of walking down the carnival fairway. When you add fantastic Christmas décor, you can be sure the crowd will get into the holiday spirit. With the right planning and consultation with your caterer, you can create a fantastic winter wonderland that guests will remember for years to come.
Holidays in the Tropics:
The days are short and the weather is cold around New York come Christmastime, but there are ways to take your event attendees to a tropical paradise. Consider treating them to a day at the beach, Caribbean BBQ-style. For this Christmas-themed event, kabobs are a fun finger-food that enables your guests to mingle with other beach-goers. Jerk-seasoned meat and chicken skewers will fill the room with the amazing aroma of the tropics, and spicy peppers provide warmth. You can trust sides like coleslaw and potato salad to cool off the heat.
While you may not think about doing a sweets-only catered event the rest of the year, the holidays are a time to indulge. Plus, if you’re the one preparing the traditional Christmas dishes, you owe it to yourself to get a break when it comes to dessert. Fortunately, the range of catering options is substantial and varied. You might consider:
- Beautifully decorated cookie, brownie, and cupcake platters;
- Exotic choices, like churros, Italian pastries, and baklava;
- A table scape of French delicacies;
- Healthy fruit skewers; or,
- Go simple with a design-your-own ice cream sundae bar.
Of course, if your Christmas time event is a wedding, there’s nothing better than chocolate dipped strawberries to set the mood for romance.
Warm Up with Seasonal Soups:
Hot, liquid sustenance is a staple throughout the cold months, which is why it stands to reason that soups are ideal for holiday festivities in New York. Manhattan caterers offer a multitude of seasonal options fit for any appetite, nutritional preference, cuisine, or style. Warm your guests up with:
- Split pea, carrot, mushroom barley, and other vegetable soups;
- Hearty, creamy soups featuring asparagus, broccoli, and tomato; and,
- Seasonal favorites like butternut squash and pumpkin.
A Hometown Celebration:
People come from all over the world to enjoy Christmas in the Big Apple, but many are lucky enough to call NYC home at this special time of year. Celebrate your city during the holidays by putting the spotlight on the traditions and cuisine you love. The most popular Christmas meal options are also the most stress-free when you cater deli meats, fantastic breads, cheesecake, and other favorites. Have your guests put together their own creations, stacked high with cheeses, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, and other accompaniments.
Contact Us Today about Christmas Catering in Manhattan
These are just a few ideas on how you can make a Christmas even special with food, beverages, and other aspects of the holiday experience. If you’d like to know more about how a catering professional can help, please contact the Manhattan office of Thomas Oliver’s Gourmet Catering & Events. We can set up a consultation to review your objectives and outline plans for a memorable affair.