Working hard? Be honest, there’s a whole lot more ‘hardly working’ happening in the office today. Three days before Christmas, everyone’s ready to celebrate. We’re all daydreaming of sugar cookies and Santa, carols and cocoa — the year-end reports will be there next week. So plug in your headphones; pretend you’re focused and on task; and relive a few of your most cherished memories with Ralphie and the Goodfellas while you hum “Christmas is All Around Us.”
Christmas! It’s Christmas time!
Okay, well maybe not quite yet. Thanksgiving comes first, next week, but then it’s Christmas time! And in this jolliest season of the year, there is much to anticipate, much fun to be had. Parades of light, deck the halls, mulled cider, and the office holiday party.
But don’t just throw any ol’ party. Throw a great themed party.
Maybe you love it. Maybe you hate it. Maybe you want to buy Ralphie that Red Ryder BB Gun yourself, or maybe you agree: He’ll shoot his eye out. Whatever your take on the matter, the classic holiday film is just that… a classic.
Just as A Christmas Story is set in the 1940s, so, too, should your A Christmas Story Christmas party be. Serve a holiday menu of duck and turkey — but be sure to keep the dog away! Decade-appropriate beverages and dessert should include Coca-Cola in glass bottles, root beer floats, Bit-o-Honey candies, Bazooka bubble gum, and Almond Joys.
Set a traditional scene with an elegant lit Christmas tree, a bar of soap for the naughty fudgers, themed prizes, and heavens, don’t forget the leg lamp photo opp!
If shtick isn’t your thing, and fancy is more your style, a formal masquerade ball is the IT party to throw! Gather your guest list, stock up on decorative masks for each of your guests, and decorate your home in rich purples and golds.
Any masquerade ball is a fancy party, and the food your serve at your masquerade ball should be just as fancy as the next. Serve a menu of passed hors d’oeuvres (May we suggest Mini Quiche Bites?) and champagne cocktails.
A high-class affair needs high-class entertainment. Hire a string quartet or live jazz musicians to entertain the masked masses; strike up the band, and fill the dance floor to the tune of Christmas classics.
Isn’t great food theme enough? Of course it is!
When you pair simple decorations and great music with a delectable twelve-course tasting menu, your guests will never leave hungry.
In the true spirit of Christmas, Boulevard Cafe and Catering recently partnered with Cornestones, ADP and Shelter House to host the RISE West Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 16. Residents of the House’s permanent supportive housing program were treated to an evening of arts and crafts, a hearty meal, and a visit from Santa.
“Currently, 82 children call Shelter House home,” said Mike Rafeedie, President and Founder of Boulevard Café Catering. “If we can help — in any small way — to make their Christmas a little more bright, that’s what the holiday season is all about.”
Boulevard Cafe Catering cooked up a holiday menu of roasted turkey, ham, stuffing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin; and apple pie for dessert. “Everything went wonderfully,” Rafeedie continued. “The holiday partiers loved everything.”
Shelter House, Inc. is a community-based, non-profit organization serving homeless families in Fairfax County, Virginia. Our organization was formed in 1981, when several ecumenical groups came together to better serve Fairfax County’s low-income population. In 1985, Shelter House’s facility was moved to its current location in Falls Church. In 2007, Shelter House was awarded Fairfax County’s contract to operate the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter in Fairfax. In 2010, Shelter House became the first non-profit to operate Artemis House, Fairfax County’s only 24 hour Domestic Violence Shelter.
Thanksgiving is next week; can you believe it?
As the holidays draw closer, the number of office social gatherings begins to rise. And what kind of party is any kind of party without great food? Don’t answer that. People get downright gluttonous this time of year, and frankly, we can’t blame them. Visions of sugarplums dance in our heads; pumpkin pie and chocolate mousse pie and gingerbread grace the dessert table, while lunch is served with stuffing and broccoli casserole.
Oh, but wait. You remember you heard that your company’s Administrative Assistant has Celiac Disease, and your officemate has recently gone gluten-free because she says it just makes her feel better. They certainly can’t chow down on the stuffing OR the pumpkin pie.
It’s time to place the catering order, and you’re hoping to find something they’ll be able to eat, and that everyone else will enjoy, too. That’s where we come in. When you let Boulevard Café Catering do the cooking, you’ll soon understand that gluten-free doesn’t quite rhyme with savorless.
Is your mouth watering yet? Mine sure is!
While gluten-free eating continues to grow in popularity (and, for some, necessity) try to remain flexible when planning to serve the rye-averse and carb connoisseurs alike. Call Boulevard Café Catering with plenty of advance notice, and come to us with some idea of what you’d like to serve; not only will your flexibility and preparedness make our jobs easier, it’s also the best way to ensure prime satisfaction around the water cooler.