By this time of year, many of us are starting to look forward to the season of good tidings, fun with family and friends, and the excuse to indulge in an abundance of good food and wine. We are, of course, talking about the festive season. When it comes to Christmas parties, the catering is top priority, as it’s what guests look forward to the most. Here, we’ve brainstormed a few ideas for how to take your Christmas party catering to the next level.
Seafood has become a bit of a staple at the Australian Christmas celebration thanks to our southern hemisphere summer weather, with more people opting to buck the turkey tradition in favour of sizzling prawns, baked fishes and delicate oysters. For the ultimate seafood feast set to impress, why not consider lobster, blue swimmer crab, whole baked fish and fresh Queensland tiger prawns served cocktail-style to really take it up a notch. Kick off with oysters and caviar to give it an extra luxe edge.
Fresh summer salads
Again, it’s becoming more common to see hot oven-roasted vegetables replaced with fresh summer salads piled high with delicious nutrient-dense wholefoods. Think freekeh salads, Moroccan-spiced pumpkin salads and a mesclun mix infused with an assortment of tasty additions. It’s all about keeping things light and fresh, but moorish and satisfying. Colourful summer salads pair perfectly with seafood and other meats, and again, are ideal for the warmer weather.
Bespoke Christmas cocktail
A bespoke Christmas cocktail will be sure to take your event catering to the next level. Adding an element like this brings surprise and delight to guests and we suspect not many could refuse a Christmas-infused drink to celebrate the best time of year. When it comes to the creation of the cocktail, think traditional Christmas flavours, such as nutmeg, cinnamon and other often-used spices.
Who doesn’t love more than one dessert at a Christmas feast? Yes, Christmas pudding will always be the hero, but a way to really ramp up your Christmas catering is by offering more than one option – and we suggest an entire dessert bar. A set-up station featuring trifle, summer pudding, gingerbread, pavlova – there’s an array of both Australian and traditional desserts to include in a buffet. It’s all about having choice and getting creative with the options. Your guests will love you for it!
Don’t forget the champagne
Finally, no luxe Christmas feast is complete without a few good bottles of the finest champagne. Champagne is the perfect party starter and is the ultimate way to commence your Christmas celebration in style. A glass or two for each guest should suffice before moving on to the wine and cocktails. Cheers!