Holiday party ideas
Is it your turn to organize your neighborhood or office holiday get-together? A buffet-style cocktail party is the easiest way to return all your social obligations at once—or to thank your best clients or employees for the past year.
When you have the help of Sam’s Club® entertaining experts, you’ll only need to prepare two recipes - a sauce and the mulled cider - to serve this impressive buffet. It doesn’t get much simpler than that!
- Serve a punch (with or without alcohol) or one specialty cocktail as guests arrive to eliminate bar obligations. A punch bowl or large beverage server is an elegant way to present any punch or eggnog.
- Combine homemade dishes with fresh, appealing party platters from Sam’s Club®.
- It’s not necessary to serve dessert at this kind of cocktail party, but people do love it. If you serve dessert, put coffee out, too.
Here’s a sample menu for your party. What’s great is that you can pick most of it up at your Club, expertly prepared and ready to go!
- Jumbo Shrimp with Vodka Cocktail Sauce
- Petite Quiche
- Bacon-Wrapped Filet
- Gourmet Vegetable Tray with Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Multi-Grain Crackers
- Fancy Cashews
- Spiral Sliced Ham with Honey Mustard
- French Baguette
- Mulled cider
Tips for a successful buffet
Here are some tips, straight from expert caterers, to help you set up a successful buffet table.
- Elevate the centerpiece, which may not necessarily be in the center of the table. This centerpiece could be a tiny Christmas tree, a bowl of tangerines or green boughs.
- Tuck candles everywhere. Use votive candles or a variety of candlesticks with tapers.
- If possible, set the buffet up the day before to create a practical layout. This will also insure you’re not short a serving platter or utensil.
- Put plates where you want guests to begin the buffet line and the silverware at the end.
- Wrap silverware in a napkin so guests only need to manage one thing.
- Festive or alcoholic beverages should be on a separate table in their own area.
- Only put out half of the food at the beginning and refresh the table halfway through the party.
- If you’re worried about having enough food, serve guests yourself to control and monitor quantities.
- Put desserts and coffee in a separate area—well away from the main buffet.
- Owning some essential equipment will make your entertaining much easier. The basics include: a chafing dish, a hot tray, a folding buffet table, classic white linens and a coffee urn or coffeemaker. Check out the 4.2-quart chafer, Triple Slow Cooker, folding tables and linens at your local Sam’s Club®.