At Catering by Design, we’re firm believers that a catered holiday event is the best way to celebrate the holiday season in Denver. Especially after a year like 2020, everyone needs a few jubilant holiday celebrations to end the year on a high note, don’t you think?
Over the past six months, our team has perfected the art of safe in-person events and hybrid events. From enhanced safety measures and sanitation managers on-site at each celebration to uniquely delicious gifting options for virtual events, no matter how you decide to celebrate this season, we can help lift spirits and create joy!
Regardless of your celebration style, there are a few steps you’ll need to take to plan your Denver holiday event. Here are our pro tips!
To Start: Select Date, Theme and Location
The first part of planning a holiday party is the date! If you’re hosting a social event, closer to the actual holiday is perfectly fine, as the season is meant to be spent with family and friends. If you’re in charge of the company holiday party, you may want to consider earlier in December or even January after the holiday rush is over to start 2021 with a fun celebration. After the date, it’s time to choose a location! Now, this decision may look a little different than in previous years, so we’re going to break down your options for you:
In-person events are the standard for the holiday season, and we can assure you that Catering by Design can help you execute a flawless in-person holiday celebration! Think of all the fun holiday print masks you can break out!
Hybrid events are an event where you host some of your group in-person and some virtually. You also may consider hosting food service differently at a hybrid event, which we’ve done through serving fresh, hot meals in vessels to go. This has been very popular for corporate events this year.
A virtual event has been the new norm for 2020—hosting an event with guests logged in online from their separate locations. We’ve found that there’s an astounding 98% participation rate in virtual events that include food, so what are we whipping up for your virtual guests?
Holiday Gifting from Afar
Sometimes we can’t gather the way we’d like, but that doesn’t mean the celebrations must stop! We’ve come up with a line of carefully curated gift boxes that can be sent to your loved ones and colleagues to celebrate the holidays this year.
Which do you think is the perfect option for your group?
Once you decide on how you’ll gather, think about the theme!
The holidays are super fun for themed events, from a winter wonderland with icy white touches to traditional “be merry” themes with all the red and green; our team can help if you need a little inspiration!
Nosh: Select Your Holiday Catering Package
Next up, our personal favorite part of any event, the catering package! Our holiday menu has just been released for you to peruse and see what options make your mouth water.
Virtual Catering Highlights
If you can’t gather in-person, that’s okay! Our unique virtual and hybrid event catering options are equally delicious and also really fun.
One option we’re loving this season is the Chef Demos, so you can make your celebration a little more interactive from afar. We provide a pre-recorded cooking class with the chef and provide each attendee with a meal box that has some ready to heat components, as well as some that require a little cooking mastery (don’t worry, it’s simple, and the chef will show you what to do!).
We can also create a unique menu portal online if you want something a little more straightforward, so guests can order dishes they love to be delivered to their door, ready to heat and enjoy during your virtual event.
Gift Box Catering Highlights
We love treating friends and family during the holidays. Even if you can’t see them this year, you can still treat them to a delicious catered gift box! Each of our gift box options are uniquely created with the spirit of the season in mind. From cheese and chocolate gift boxes that come with a wine mulling kit to the Colorado Wild Board that features locally sourced sausages and house-made peach jalapeño jam, there’s a gift box option for every palate.
In-Person Catering Highlights
If you’re ready to gather—and we hope you are—our catering menu is one of the most delicious we’ve ever dreamed up. We’re offering all the catering options you love; from hors d’oeuvres to chef-attended stations featuring small plates, we are ready to serve you and your guests safely. Here are a few highlighted menu options:
Raclette: Soft, gooey raclette cheese scraped onto a bed of oven roasted fingerling potatoes and finished with a variety of delicious toppings.
Ramen Bar: A little bit of comfort in a bowl with options like lobster ramen or braised pork shoulder (tonkotsu) ramen.
Biscuit Bar: Flaky housemade biscuit sandwiches made to order, served in our 5″ cast iron skillets.
Dessert Jars: A selection of desserts like dark chocolate crème brulee or pomegranate maple panna cotta presented in clear jars.
Browse the whole menu here!
Design: Enhance Your Event with Design and Décor
After you have the date and time, location and menu, it’s time to pull it all together with the little details: décor! At Catering by Design, not only are we caterers, but we are also designers.
We have a team full of creatives that help to bring your event vision to life. From floral accents fit for the holidays to big bold custom pieces crafted exclusively for your brand, we can do it all. Our team uses inspiration from your vision, trends and artistic influences to incorporate style, colors and overall create an event that sparks emotion and joy!
Be Merry: Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy!
The holiday season is a time to slow down and enjoy the moment. Working with Catering by Design, you’ll be able to enjoy every moment of your holiday celebration, no matter what that may look like, stress-free.
Are you ready to get in the holiday spirit?
Our team is ready to help you bring the spirit of the season to life. Whether it’s a family celebration or a gift box for your virtual company holiday party, we can help. Check out our holiday catering menu for a little inspiration, and get in touch when you’re ready to create your own festive holiday event!