Holiday Party Planning Tips & Tricks

November 21, 2017
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Everyone loves a good party, and Harmons can help you plan a great one. In addition to providing delicious food for your next gathering, we've got some simple tips to make your get-together even better. 


Get the Party Started: 

Plan on 10-15 hor d'oeuvres per person for a 2 1/2 to 3-hour party.
Select an odd number of items for better presentation. 
Offer an assortment of selections (proteins, vegetables, fruits, desserts). 
Choose a variety of hot and cold options as well as items with differing textures. 


Plan the Perfect Dinner: 

Choose a theme, plan the date, and determine the number of guests and style of party. 
Take an inventory of supplies needed (tables, chairs, dinnerware, tablecloths, decorations). 
Decide on a menu serving style (tray-passed hor d'oeuvres, buffet, seated, family style)
Get organized – make shopping lists, order supplies (rentals, floral arrangements) and clean house. 


More Cheese, Please: 

Each Harmons location has a cheesemonger who can recommed cheeses that would complement one another. The goal is to vary texture, milk types, and tastes. 

Plan on 6 oz. of cheese per person. Serve less depending on the time of event, other food served, and type of celebration. 
Serve 3 or 5 cheeses – odds numbers make the best presentation. 
Choose cheeses made of different milks (goat, sheep, cow), different textures (soft, semi-soft, hard), and different ages (young, aged). 
Serve a variety of items to complement the cheeses, including fruit, nuts, bread, and spreads. 
Remove cheeses from refrigerator 2-3 hours before serving and unwrap to bring to room temperature. 


Let's Make a Toast: 

Follow this guide to keep your guests refreshed. Adjust up or down, depending ont he time of day, food served, and type of celebration. 

Cocktails: 2 1/2 per person
Wine: 1 bottle for every 2-3 guests
Liquor: 1 liter for every 10-12 guests
Beer: 1 bottle for every 10-12 guests
Water: 1 liter for every 2 guests
Soda: 1 can per guest


Save Room for Dessert:

For the average party, plan on 3-5 mini desserts per person. Vary menu selection by color, taste, and texture. For example, choose something chocolate, citrus, light, crunch, etc.