Tips for Planning a Holiday Party Menu
You’ll probably only host one holiday party this year, and you want it to be a hit! Of course, everyone knows the food is the centerpiece of any gathering, so make sure you select a menu carefully. Not sure where to begin? Use this guide to help you get it right.
Pick a Theme
You could be traditional with your party theme, or you might choose a concept your guests aren’t expecting. Here are some ideas:
- Take a Ride on the Polar Express: Serve food they might offer on the train leading to Santa’s workshop at the North Pole, such as pancakes, biscuits and gravy with sausage, and Polish pierogies.
- How the Grinch Stole the Christmas Party: Green food steals the show at a Grinch-themed holiday party. Think guacamole, pistachios, green beans and pound cake dyed green. Make references to the movie as well, with roast beast (peppercorn roast beef) and Who hash (corned beef, potatoes and onions).
- A Trip Down Memory Lane: Prepare comfort foods Grandma used to serve at the holidays, including meatloaf, potatoes au gratin, sweet potato casserole, chicken pot pie and banana bread.
Having a theme helps give you a place to start when selecting a menu. No matter what you choose, try to incorporate foods that people associate with the holidays.
Decide What Style of Food to Serve
The dishes served at a dinner buffet vary greatly from a cocktail party where everyone walks around and mingles. Make sure you only serve food that requires a knife and a fork if everyone is seated at a table. Otherwise, stick to finger foods and appetizers.
Cater to Dietary Restrictions
You may be a self-proclaimed meat lover, but this might not be true of everyone at your party. When you send out invitations, ask that RSVPs include food restrictions or requests. This will tell you whether you need to serve vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or dairy-free dishes. Your sensitivity to your friends, family members or coworkers will help ensure everyone enjoys themselves at your holiday party.
Make the Right Amount of Food
One tricky part about hosting is making sure you have enough food and drinks without going overboard. While it’s always best to err on the side of too much rather than too little, keep these portion sizes in mind to help you estimate your amounts:
- Protein (such as pulled pork, ham or brisket) – 4 to 5 oz per person
- Fried chicken, skewers or kebabs – 2 to 3 pieces per person
- Sushi or shrimp – 8 to 10 pieces per person
- Side dishes – 4 oz per person
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