So you're having a party. Now what?
We've compiled some Holiday Menu Ideas
to get your holiday party planning started.
Holiday Breakfast Menu Ideas
So you’ve decided to host a Holiday Breakfast and now you need a party menu. Here are a couple ideas. Since it is the holidays, you should try and have some items that you wouldn’t normally offer any other time of the year. Instead of the biscuit sandwiches and breakfast tacos, consider a festive Baked French Toast, a breakfast casserole like our Country Breakfast Casserole, or some quiche, then add some bacon, sausage or ham to complete the meal. Breakfast potatoes or hash browns add a nice touch and then some fresh fruits are always welcome on a breakfast holiday menu.
Jazz up the beverages too! Hot chocolate, Hot Spiced Cider and Cappuccino stations with marshmallows, flavored syrups, whipped cream and spices add a festive touch to the ordinary corporate coffee service. Sparkling Holiday Party Punches, Cinnamon and Spice Breakfast Poinsettia Sippers and egg nog add a touch of special to a holiday breakfast celebration not to mention the classic Mimosa. Create a juice beverage station with iced orange, apple, cranberry and tomato juices and serve in champagne flutes or other fancy glasses (a party rental company will have numerous options for you) for a more party like presentation.
Holiday Brunch Menu
Want a mid-morning Holiday Brunch? For this time frame, you can combine some holiday breakfast menu items and some lighter fare from holiday lunch menus to create the perfect holiday celebration. A frittata or quiche with green and red peppers, onions and cheese, some seasoned breakfast potatoes made with red new potatoes, and some sausage and bacon. For the lunch portion, offer some cranberry chicken salad sandwiches, almond chicken sandwiches and some spicy ham sandwiches, a minted fruit salad and a fresh spinach salad bar with sliced egg, bacon bits, fresh mushroom slices, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, walnuts, and or almonds. Dressings to compliment the salad bar would be hot bacon dressing, an herb or raspberry vinaigrette, honey mustard dressing or citrus dressing.
For holiday beverages, a cranberry punch, spiced cider, flavored teas, coffees and waters would all do well for a holiday brunch catering.
Holiday Food Stations
For mid-afternoon holiday catering ideas, offer some food stations created with several appetizers, dips and spreads, dessert stations and beverages. Offering catering food stations allow your guests to mix and mingle, and enjoy creating the food items their way. It’s also a crowd manager in that people will move from station to station rather than lining up for a traditional buffet. Great holiday food stations include:
Sundried tomato, assorted olive tapenades, smoked salmon, herbed shrimp and grilled asparagus all make a deluxe appetizer presentation and something everyone will enjoy.
These are not only colorful; they have something for every taste preference including vegetarians and vegans. Olives, marinated artichokes, cherry tomatoes, cheeses, sausages and breads or crackers make a beautiful centerpiece and holiday food station.
Holiday Fresh Fruit and Gourmet Cheeses
Have your professional caterer prepare a festive cheeseboard surrounded by fresh fruits, gourmet cheese, breads, spreads and crackers. Not sure what cheeses you’d like, here’s a great Cheese Pairing Guide. Holiday decorations can surround the board and create a stunning holiday display. Pair your selections with wines or holiday punches for a holiday cocktail hour.
Traditional Holiday Foods as Food Stations
If you’re stuck on the traditional “holiday turkey dinner” menu and want to offer A Taste of the Holidays, but don’t want to offer the actual meal, your holiday catering company can create food stations that incorporate the traditional flavors in appetizer form, and create holiday food stations with that. Here are just some ideas.
Holiday Sliders (mini sandwiches) are all the rage so why not offer:
Turkey Sliders – serve with a cranberry relish or sauce
Ham Sliders with a spicy mayonnaise or honey mustard
Herb Stuffed New Potatoes
Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges
Green Bean Bundles with brown sugar and bacon
Smashed Red Potato Salad
Tomato Basil Salad
Fresh Fruit Salad
Holiday Desserts for this menu can be a variety of mini cookies, dessert bars, mini pumpkin and pecan tarts, mini gingerbread muffins, or, consider a giant bowl of white chocolate mousse and fresh berries for dipping or, fresh fruit kabobs (for those who can't eat too much sugar)
Iced Teas, Coffees, Flavored Waters, Chilled Soft Drinks and Holiday Punch