5 Catering Ideas That Will Sparkle at Your Holiday Party

At Instawork we have the pleasure of supporting thousands of talented caterers and culinary professionals across the country. The beauty of building relationships with caterers is that we’re able to witness the special experiences and magic that they create for their clients.

The holidays are a memorable and special time of year and we know it’s important to create a ‘wow’ experience your guests in an elegant yet unique way. Here are some stand out ways to add some sparkle into your catering creations for upcoming holiday parties:

Sushi Plate of Candy

Peached Tortilla Catering

Peached Tortilla Catering

Instagram Account: @peachedtortillacatering

Talk about sugar rush! We love how Peached Tortilla took a sweet twist on the traditional sushi plate. Long gone are the days of candy canes and traditional gingerbread houses displayed on a dessert table. Food is meant to be fun and this is one way to surprise and delight your guests as they get ready to indulge!

Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

Conceptually Social — Unique Corporate Catering

Conceptually Social — Unique Corporate Catering

Instagram Account: @conceptuallysocialcatering

Remember the childhood classic of grilled cheese and tomato soup on a cold winter day? Stir up some true nostalgia while keeping your guests warm with this delicious creation by Conceptually Social. These tomato soup cups topped with a mini grilled cheese make the perfect appetizer for your guests and are guaranteed to be loved by kids and adults alike.

Bonus: No utensils are required for this hors d’oeuvre!

Very Merry Bar Cart

Annie Campbell — Catering, Party Planning + Event Design

Annie Campbell — Catering, Party Planning + Event Design

Instagram Account: @annielcampbell

What’s better than a bar at your holiday party, you ask? A rolling bar cart! Create an unforgettable experience for your guests with a very merry mobile drink station.

Annie Campbell spruced up the classic holiday drink set up on a beautiful and timeless bar cart. The good news about this bar (aside from it being some serious eye candy for your guests) is that you can place it anywhere in your event. Eliminate bringing in bulky bars that are tough to set up and break down.

Pro tip: Add some mistletoe or boughs of holly to get your guests in the holiday spirit.

Eggnog With a Tequila Twist

Certified Culinary Arts Teacher

Bon Appeteach — Certified Culinary Arts Teacher

Instagram Account: @bonappeteach

Speaking of bars, we adore this twist on the classic holiday drink, Eggnog. @bonappeteach takes a genius approach on revamping this traditional creamy and bourbon forward drink for the holiday season by adding tequila as an ingredient to this cocktail.

If you needed an added bonus, this smoked horchata eggnog cocktail can be made with low carb ingredients which makes it keto-friendly for your health-conscious guests. Check out the full recipe by Bon Appeteach here.

Festive Mini Tacos

Boutique Catering Company

Urban Palate — Boutique Catering Company

Instagram Account: @urbanpalatela

Taco bout a good time! We’re digging this twist on a classic fan favorite of… tacos! We love how Urban Palate added some holiday spice to this appetizer with red festive taco shells. Plus, securing these tacos in dried beans is a unique way to add some texture and a stunning visual to your food presentation.

Have more ideas on how to make your holiday party sparkle? Leave us a comment below with your favorite catering ideas for the season.

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