Catering By Michaels
October 10, 2018

The Ultimate Holiday Event Planning Survival Guide

October 10, 2018

The Ultimate Holiday Event Planning Survival Guide

Catering By Michaels

You may not have realized but the holiday time clock has already begun ticking. The moment the leaves start to turn and Halloween candy hits the stores — Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years are practically here (at least when it comes to party planning!).

The question is: how much work are you willing to do for your holiday entertainment?

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a hosting newbie, entertaining for the holidays can be stressful. No matter how much holiday cheer is in the air, it is still the busiest time of the year. With this in mind, we’ve put together a holiday survival guide to help you host a magical holiday event!

Sending Out Invitations

Knowing how many guests you will be entertaining is an important place to start the process. Is it going to be a quaint, cozy evening with a few family members or a mingling mixer for your whole neighborhood?

If your guest list is long, online invitations are a great way to keep track of your guest list. Online invites are quick and handy, allowing people to set reminders, encourage conversation between guests, and keep an accurate headcount.

That said, traditional snail mail invitations allow for a more personal approach. This a nice touch if you’re planning to host a more intimate affair. If you decide to go this route, make sure to keep an accurate guest count as people send in their RSVPs.

Holiday Catering: Full Service + Delivery Planning

Once you have an idea of how many people will be attending your party, you can start planning the best part — the food!

When it comes to holiday planning, you can never be too prepared. If you are opting for full service or delivery there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • It’s never too early to get your order in
  • There are often peak date charges during the holidays
  • Labor can be tight during the holidays so if you’re going full service — make sure to secure your staff early
  • Take the time to find a caterer you trust
  • Don’t forget to create storage space in your refrigerator and pantry to accommodate your order (and any leftovers)
  • Make some time to research fun, festive specialty drinks or cocktails to enhance your party

In general, using a caterer will help you free up time during the busy holiday season. Imagine how much more you’ll be able to get done without having to worry about shopping, cooking, and the dreaded cleanup. You’ll also benefit from the expertise of hiring a good caterer in terms of how they’ll work with you to plan the perfect party.

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Catering By Michaels
September 25, 2018

Sleigh Your Corporate Holiday Party

September 25, 2018

Sleigh Your Corporate Holiday Party

Catering By Michaels

The holidays are a time of good cheer, great friends, and delicious food!

A lot of hard work goes into planning the perfect corporate holiday party. For over 40 years Catering By Michaels has been at the top of Santa’s nice list and we hope to be at the top of yours.

Holiday Party Prep

Company holiday parties are a memorable and magical event, bringing employees together. When planning an unforgettable holiday party for your team, there are many things to consider during the planning process.

First, each and every detail can make all the difference between a dull or dazzling event.

It’s never too early to pick a date and book your holiday venue. It may seem like you have lots of time, but booking in advance can take off the pressure out of not knowing where you’ll be hosting everyone.

Once you have your location locked in, the menu planning comes next. 

Menu Planning + Selection

Why are we known as one of Chicago’s top caterers? Because it’s more than just food to us. From creative themes and unique menus to awe-inspiring venues and entertainment, we’ve got you covered!

Holiday Cheese Board Display

Seafood Holiday Spread for Corporate Holiday Party

Check out our corporate holiday party delivery menu for menu inspiration, and then contact us to start planning!


Stacey Combrzynski
September 20, 2017

Tips for Planning an Atypical Company Holiday Party

September 20, 2017

Tips for Planning an Atypical Company Holiday Party

Stacey Combrzynski

Corporate holiday parties are a special type of event unlike any others that happen during the year. They offer companies the chance to reward their employees for their hard work throughout the past 12 months, and an opportunity to let the personality of the company shine through.

Seafood Spectacular Corporate Holiday Party

Here are some of the elements associated with the best corporate holiday parties.

Branded Event Customization

More so than any other time of year, a hot topic for us when it comes to catering during the holidays is customization. Consider the implications for a corporate holiday party, taking a food item and customizing it with a vessel (think shot glass or guitar pick) branded with the company’s logo. It really takes an event to the next level and guests always take notice. We love customizing parties and are always willing to go the extra mile to help clients create a unique experience at their events.

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