Let's be honest - half the fun of a party is the food. Without good eats and treats, your guests are sure to be feeling a bit less festive. If you've selected a venue that has catering as a part of the deal, you're all set. If not, there are plenty of other options. Local company Act3 Catering is a fantastic option for full catering service, including serving staff. Many local restaurants will also provide catering or bulk food orders.
Consider whether you want a full plated meal, buffet, or just appetizers. The atmosphere of the party will help make that determination for you. Planning a fun holiday happy hour where there's drinking and dancing? Probably best to stick to appetizers. Family friendly event with lots of kids running around? Plated service might be tough, so a buffet would likely be your best bet. When you're planning your menu, make sure you remember to have good options available for all of your guests. Make sure a vegetarian option is available, and be mindful of other dietary needs, such as kosher or halal, gluten-free, or potential food allergies. After all, you'd hate for one of your guests to go hungry while everyone else is eating!
It's also important to consider your bar options: Your venue may or may not allow alcohol service, so be sure you're signing on with a venue that allows for a bar, if that's what you want. Some venues may even offer bar service for you, as either a cash bar (where guests pay for their own drinks) or a hosted bar (where the host pays for the drinks). Some venues allow for a hybrid, where some drinks are paid for and others are on the host's tab, such as with a drink ticket system or with only certain types of drinks paid for. Be sure to discuss your bar options with your venue to find one that works well for your budget and needs.
Speaking of eats and treats, don't forget about favors for your partygoers! Edible gifts are often more appreciated that tchochkes and small items - after all, many people have lots of stuff, and food is an easy thing to re-gift if it doesn't fit in with their dietary needs. Seattle Chocolate offers great festive gifts that are sure to help your coworkers feel the sweetness of the season, and you can easily print out custom labels for your party to add onto the bars to make them a little more special. If you need more gift ideas, check out our local gift guide!