Elevate your party food this year with a little help from Thumbtack. Instead of making the same old bean dip or trying to disguise microwave lasagna as a meal, rely on our culinary superstars to make your party a PARTY. Here are the 10 most popular food services, culled from our 2016 Holiday Party Trends Report. Let the feasting begin!
Drop-off Catering for the Win
There’s a reason drop-off catering ranks as Thumbtack’s most popular food service for the holidays: it’s awesome. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, Thumbtack users call on top shelf catering firms to do the kitchen work for them. Hot food is brought—ready to serve—to your door, meaning you have more time to decorate, dress up, and enjoy your party.
Full-service Catering for Those Special Nights
This is the second most requested food service during the holiday season and it’s easy to see why. Full-service catering provides all the bells and whistles. Full food preparation? Check. Linens, table settings, and centerpieces handled? Oh you betcha. Waitstaff to serve an elegant seated meal? Most definitely. No cleanup required on your part? That’s just the icing on the cake.
Catered Buffet for Your Holiday Bash
When you can’t commit to a seated formal meal, but you’re craving more than cocktails and appetizers, catered buffets are the perfect choice for mix and mingle holiday events. Be sure to hire a helper to oversee the buffet, refilling trays and tidying as needed, unless you can wrangle your little cousin for the job. Either way, you’ll have easily accessible, beautiful food without the hassle of preparing a full meal for 75 guests.
Plan an Intimate Dinner with a Personal Chef
Whether it’s a romantic duo declaring their love over gourmet food, or an intimate dinner party for special friends starting the year off right, a personal chef will helps ring in a delicious new year. Personal chefs are especially fabulous when you want a custom menu that caters to your unique taste or dietary preferences and are most popular on NYE, so book early!
Don’t Work Your Own Party – Event Help and Wait Staff to the Rescue
Don’t make this classic party mistake…everything’s perfect, except you’re so busy fixing drinks, clearing plates, and putting out fires that you don’t enjoy your own event. Let us help. Our holiday party trend stats say most Thumbtack users hire between two and four helpers when hosting. The benefits way outweigh the costs when you can sip a drink, chat with each guest, and ditch the stress. Seriously. Relax, a Thumbtack pro has got it.
Holiday hosts are feeling food trucks and carts as an alternative to catered meals. Think outside the plate this season and get a frisky with food truck love. Even if it’s freezing cold, a gourmet coffee and hot chocolate truck (with you providing the Irish whiskey) heats everyone up and sets the mood. Or drive in a taco truck for the most talked about to-do of the year. Have fun with it!
Cheer on the Team with Corporate Catering
Savvy business owners lean on corporate caterers to provide cheer (and delicious food) for their employee holiday parties. Our pro caterers can handle everything from your bootstrap start-up of 15 to your mini empire of 650. From Mexican feast to Italian buffet, your people are as good as fed.
Pastry Chef for Your Just Desserts
From baking pumpkin pie to preparing unique Christmas cookies to creating the world’s most decadent chocolate souffle, a specialty pastry chef is the best gift you can give yourself and everyone who comes to your party. (If not for a party, you can just cheat and have the chef bake all your Christmas cookie gifts, tell everyone you made them, and await the praise.)
Be the Sweetest with a Candy Buffet
Candy buffets may be the greatest thing invented. Surrender to the phenomenon and host a candy buffet at your holiday soiree. The guests will love you, the kids won’t be able to get enough, and everyone has a bag of sweet treats for a take home favor. Not sure what all the fuss is about? Get the sweet scoop here.
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Smokin’ Hot Party with Barbecue and Grill Services
Grilled meat (and probably veggies, too), the scent of BBQ in the air, everyone hanging around, talking spice rub shop…this is the way to have a delicious, down-home holiday. Choose your flavor profile and let the savory scents fill the air, they’ll be talking about this party for years to come.
Imagine all the fun you’ll have this year while you’re not stressing over meal preparation!