Want your Christmas party to run as smoothly as Santa’s sleigh? Follow these top tips from Forte Catering & Events to keep your guests and their stomachs satisfied this festive season.
1. Get planning... NOW!
While Christmas seems a while away, it won’t be long before Saint Nick is knocking on the door! Who wants the stress of last minute planning when you could be soaking up the Christmas spirit? With venues in short supply it is essential that you start planning now. Start by choosing and booking your venue, constructing a checklist and setting deadlines of when tasks need to be complete.
2. More is more
Having enough food at your event is key to ensuring your guests enjoy themselves. There’s nothing worse that leaving a party with a rumbling tummy or reaching for a canapé only to find there are none left! Anthony Sullivan, Executive Chef at
Forte Catering & Events recommends you allow for 10-15 pieces of food per person at a three hour cocktail event. Simply apply this rule to the duration of your event and you can’t go wrong!
3. Mix it up
Christmas is a time for tradition and while decadent roasts with all the trimmings are a classic choice, not everyone wants to sweat over a hot meal on a humid summer’s day. For cooler options with a quintissential Aussie twist, try dishes such as Prawns with Mango Salsa, Calamari with Grilled Fennel & Burnt Lemon Dressing, or these Rice Paper Rolls with Vietnamese dipping sauce.
4. Attention to detail
When it comes to hosting a successful Christmas soiree, your guests will always appreciate a little extra effort. Why not invest in some delightful festive decorations like a Christmas tree or bon bons for everyone upon arrival.
5. Cater to all
Sipping on a glass of bubbly and feasting on some meaty morsels might sound delightful to you, but what about the other guests? As a vegetarian, there’s nothing worse than going to a party and realising there is nothing for you to eat, or as a non-drinker searching for a soft drink amongst a sea of sparking and sav-blanc! Make sure you are prepared for any dietary requirements you may encounter.
6. Be responsible
Nominating yourself as designated driver can seem like a good idea at the time, however rocking up to a party, where the champagne is flowing and the cocktails are circulating can be a tricky situation to master! If guests do arrive with their keys in their hand, make sure they leave the party booze free or have taxis on hand for those who may have been lured into the land of liquor!
7. Mind your budget
Big spend doesn’t necessarily equal big result and for many of us blowing the budget is not an option. But, use your creativity wisely and you can certainly create an event to remember. Why not offer fun interactive activities like organising Kris Kringle gifts between your guests or prizes under each guest’s chair.
8. Don’t go changing
Keep stress to a minimum by sticking to the plan. Last minute changes can end tragically even for the best planned event. Start your party plans early with a checklist and detailed plan of how things will run... and don’t deviate!