As October comes to an end, celebration season kicks into full swing. We partnered
with our friend Melissa Diner, of The Copper Key Catering + Events, on four, simple, event planning tips for your next holiday home soiree. Cheers!
1. Use an alcohol calculator based on the number of guests you anticipate. Decide if you want to serve beer + wine or full bar. If full bar, having someone tend to it can really alleviate some pressure. To keep it simple, have one or two specialty mixers and let guests pick their spirit, in addition to beer, wine + sparkling. I hate to run out so over order and then use the remaining bottles for holiday gifts.
2. Invest in multi use platters. They don’t have to be expensive. You can find some amazing serving ware at Home Goods or a thrift store, but having proper plating and serving utensils for your spread will make you feel like an adult. When menu planning + writing your grocery list take a moment to envision what you need to serve each item including drinks.
3. Put a flower on it. Whether that means topping off a couple glasses of sparking rose for a welcome drink or putting the finishing touch on a winter salad or appetizer plate for some color, you will look like a pro with this simple touch. If you can’t find edible flowers, don’t stress just pick up a bouquet and in addition to putting in vase or small bottles, place a few in between the platters to dress up display.
Current inspiration: @loriastern
4. Eliminate waste by sending guests home with left overs in recyclable, compostable disposables or reusable tupperware. If you have a large party there are companies that will come + pick up leftovers + bring them to a local shelter. Lastly, avoid single use plastic. At minimum swap plastic straws for paper or better yet buy some aluminum ones for smaller gatherings. For larger gatherings, consider renting glassware or purchasing multi-use stemless wine glasses from Ikea.
Our favorite eco friendly straws:
Stainless Steel Straws: https://amzn.to/2Cpm0iI
Clear Glass Straws: https://amzn.to/2CqoA7W
Birchwood Paper Straws: https://amzn.to/2Cs5oGT
Contact @twicenewfoundation for bulk food surplus or leftover pick + delivery. If you don’t have containers just let them know + they will bring them for you to transport.
Have a secret for stress free celebrations? Comment below or Instagram post here.
Melissa Diner is a event planner based in Los Angeles, CA. She currently consults for The Copper Key Catering & Events, and with them will be producing all food programming at Summit Series LA November 2-4, 2018. If you need help with anything from shopping list organization to full service event production and catering you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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