Follow these guidelines from Chicago event experts for an unforgettable 2017 holiday party. We reached out to industry pros to learn what they’re hearing and seeing on trends for the upcoming holiday season.
1. Consider a January Holiday Party
With December dates booking up fast for venues and social calendars, it makes sense to look towards non-traditional, January dates for your company holiday party. Your team will thank you! “Companies are having their holiday parties later in January instead of during the usual holiday season” — Beth Bracco, VP of Business Development at Blue Plate.
2. Make Your Holiday Party Interactive
An engaging experience makes for a more memorable celebration. “Most of our clients are looking for fun, interaction and engagement rather than a traditional sit-down dinner. Incorporating buffet stations that integrate action and engagement provides an experience that expands the food ‘memory’ of what they actually eat or drink. Mixology stations where guests get to learn how the make their own holiday cocktail, wine tastings or even dumpling stuffing and rolling!” — John Rudy, VP of Catering at Food For Thought.
3. Add a Twist on Traditional Holiday Flavors
Jewell Events Catering’s Executive Chef, Ben Holt, is taking traditional winter flavors like cranberry and rosemary and giving them a unique twist. Imagine a rosemary biscuit topped with gingered cranberry relish, smoked turkey and aged white cheddar – the flavors of a traditional holiday dinner in a one-bite canapé.
4. Make Your Holiday Event Shine with Metallics
According to event design experts at Revel Décor, the days of flat color are gone. Metallics are the new neutrals — subtle, yet iconic. These alloys convey glamour and dimension with their texture and add artful appeal to food presentation and venue decor.
Are there any trends that you’re excited to see this holiday season? Leave us a note in the comments below.
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