Holiday Party Planning Tips!

14 Dec 2009
Happy holidays! Are you busy planning your holiday events? Read on for some fun, festive and best of all, easy, party ideas from ISU Catering’s Assistant Director, Karen Larson.

Hot Chocolate Bar
Make a batch of hot chocolate and serve it in festive mugs. Then, have a hot chocolate bar set up that includes the following toppings:
Candy Canes
Crushed Peppermint Candy (or canes)
Whipped Cream
Cinnamon Sticks
Mint Chips
Sprinkles
Small Holiday Candies


Mashed Potato Bar
A sure and filling hit, this festive idea will wow your guests and keep the work to a minimum for you! First, you’ll need mashed potatoes. You can use real potatoes or specialty potatos such as Yukon Gold. If you are in a hurry, use frozen mashed potatoes. Once you have the potatoes ready, set up a buffet with the following toppings:
Sour Cream
Bacon Bits
Shredded Cheese
Green Onions (scallions or chives)
Small Pieces of Ham
Black Olives
Whipped Butter

If you have other favorite potato toppings, feel free to add them. And, for an added flair, serve the mashed potatoes in a martini glass for a Mashed Potini bar!

Mashed Sweet Potato Bar
This is a twist on the mashed potato bar. You can do the same thing with sweet potatoes. Toppings for the mashed sweet potatoes include:
Brown sugar
Pecans
Marshmallows
Whipped Butter
Cinnamon


Now, it’s on to the beverages!
If you are serving a bar, think about adding fresh fruits to tonic, club soda and other clear beverages. Fresh fruit can also be added to a pretty pitcher of water. Soft drinks, apple cider and egg nog are also classic beverages for a holiday party. Putting canned or bottled beverages on ice? Fill a beverage tub with ice and beverages. Then, sprinkle frozen cranberries among the beverages and ice. Cranberries add some color to an otherwise plain beverage tub.

In a pinch and no time to cook?
You can always give us a call at 515-294-2103. We offer a variety of carry-out catering items for the holidays and throughout the year.

From all of us at ISU Catering, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday season!
-Karen

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