Holiday Parties Made Easy: Nino’s Exclusive Party Planning Guide

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The holidays are upon us and so are parties with family, friends, and co-workers.

AND with so many things to do this time of the year, from work, family, shopping, wrapping presents, baking, and enjoying the company of loved ones, it’s a wonder we can manage to get it all in.

It’s especially challenging when you’re planning a party of your own! Because planning a holiday party can get a little complicated and even a little stressful at times, especially if you have never planned one before and aren’t sure where to start.

So where DO I begin?

The old phrase, “the best place to start is at the beginning” is entirely appropriate here because successful holiday parties START at Nino’s!

Our full line of foods, beverages, and catering services, including our knowledgeable Party Planning staff, is here to help you out every step of the way.

From deliciously prepared gourmet food and bakery goods to floral accessories, beverages, and even rentals, we’re ready and anxious to answer your questions and help you with your holiday party planning.

Whatever you’re planning, whatever your budget, a simple call or visit with our Party Planning team of Annette (Troy), Kelly (Clinton Twp.), or Chef Jimmy (St. Clair Shores location) will give you ideas, suggestions, and assistance from menu planning to desserts, drinks, flowers, and even quantities needed of each. AND don’t forget, we deliver!

You’re also welcome to browse through Nino’s Party Planning Guide, which is available online and on display in each of our stores. Or if you’d like a Party Planning Guide mailed to your home, click here. Look through the pages to view the huge selection of trays and platters, menu packages, a la carte foods, and everything else you’ll need for the perfect party.

Take a minute to read a few reviews from our satisfied Party Planning customers.

And as you think about your upcoming party, let me share with you a few important things to think about to help us help you plan your next Holiday Party. I call them the 5 W’s.

WHAT What kind of holiday party or event is it? The answer can help us help you with hors d’oeuvre suggestions, appetizers, buffet items, or even a beverage suggestion or two. Do you have a budget? Is it a stand-up reception or a sit-down dinner?

WHO A guest list can also help determine what kind of food you’ll want to offer. Knowing your guests’ likes and dislikes and any of their food allergies can be enormously helpful when planning your menu.

WHEN Both the day of the week and the time and length of the party are helpful in estimating the amount of food and beverages you should consider.

WHERE Where is quite often home, and home is one place you know something about. When considering “where,” think through the availability of space, how your food will be displayed, your kitchen capabilities, and any restrictions these spaces may have; they’re very helpful to know. It will also help in determining which rentals you may need.

WOW The Wow factor is all in the details and in the planning that can help us help you make your party special and memorable for both you AND your guests.

In addition, I have some GREAT party planning tips in Michigan Design Center’s @home Magazine to help you make this year’s party one your guests will truly enjoy and remember. They’re still available in the checkout lanes at all Nino Salvaggio locations. Here are just a few of my tips:

Tip # 1 Bland is boring…No one is likely to remember bland food. Don’t be afraid to use bold flavors and spices. Let your food make a statement!

Tip # 2 Pre-prepare as many dishes as you can in advance, and have things in pans, ready to pop into the oven when guest arrive, so they can cook while you entertain. Don’t be afraid to use the microwave oven to re-heat sauces or side dishes you’ve freshly prepared earlier in the day.

Tip # 3 Go vertical. Flat table displays are a bore. Create visual interest in your buffet composition by elevating platters and chafing dishes to varying heights. Also, use what you have to create interesting table decorations. Things like tree branches, colorful leaves, and backyard flowers can really add interest to your display of foods.

Nino’s Party Planning “Concierge” Team

Annette (Troy) 248-879-9222 ext 124
Kelly (Clinton Township) 586-412-6000
Chef Jimmy (St. Clair Shores) 586-778-3650