As the days start to get shorter and the nights become noticeably cooler, the realization that summer is over is finally setting in. Whether you’re grieving the passing of your favorite season or stocking up on every pumpkin that you can get your hands on, keep in mind that the winter holidays are just around the corner. While it’s difficult to start thinking about it with your summer wardrobe still hanging in the closet, why not get a jump on things and start planning your holiday parties now? The team at La Jolla Groves is here to help you start planning and explain how local catering can make this holiday season enjoyable and stress-free.

Set the Date

The first step in planning a party is setting the date. Are you hosting the family Christmas party? Or maybe Thanksgiving? Depending on the size and age of your family, if you’re hosting a party that will include adult children and extended family, you may want to consider holding your party on a day that is not right on Christmas or Thanksgiving. Why not consider having your party a week or two before the actual holiday so that people with in-laws or other family don’t feel pressured into attending four different parties on the same day? Spreading out parties all throughout the holiday season can make it easier for your guests to attend and it will ensure that they will be able to relax and have a good time.  

Send Your Invitations

By sending invitations, we don’t mean that you have to send fancy, hand-written messages delivered by the postal service — unless you want to. In this day and age, it’s much easier (and quicker!) to send an electronic invitation that people can respond to immediately and save to their calendar. Sending electronic invitations can also make keeping track of RSVPs a snap. You can create a private event on Facebook and send it out to your group, or use any one of a number of free invitation services through websites like Evite, Minted, or Punchbowl. 

Set a Budget

By sending invitations, we don’t mean that you have to send fancy, hand-written messages delivered by the postal service — unless you want to. In this day and age, it’s much easier (and quicker!) to send an electronic invitation that people can respond to immediately and save to their calendar. Sending electronic invitations can also make keeping track of RSVPs a snap. You can create a private event on Facebook and send it out to your group, or use any one of a number of free invitation services through websites like Evite, Minted, or Punchbowl. 

Plan the Menu

Once you have the date for your holiday party pinned down and a good idea of how many people will be showing up, it’s time to plan the menu. And trying to figure out how you’re going to cook the ham, turkey, or roast along with all of the appetizers, side dishes, and desserts while only having one oven is usually nothing short of a miracle. The only way around it is to cook in shifts, swapping out one dish for another. But, that usually results in some dishes being cold by the time it’s ready for dinner, or that you’ll be placing some dishes on the table long after people have already cleaned their plates. 

Hosting a party is not only a feat in planning and preparation, but it can also be draining and unfulfilling for the host. It’s difficult to engage with your friends and family when you’re chained to the kitchen, wearing oven mitts all day. And once dinner is served, how much energy do you have left to really enjoy the conversation? This year, why not take a different approach when it comes to planning the menu. Consider local catering from a favorite restaurant as a way to take the pressure off of planning and preparing your meal. After all, this is the time of year to pause and be thankful, to reconnect with loved ones. Instead of spending all of your time in the kitchen, you’ll be able to share time with those who matter most.    

Make a List

When it gets close to the big day, it’s easy to forget the little things like finding the table linens and picking up the floral centerpiece. Even if your gathering isn’t a formal one, you’ll still want to remember things like stocking up on beverages or renting tables, if needed. This is where making a list can come in handy. Don’t get caught with a house full of guests and then realize that you forgot to buy napkins. Make a list well in advance so you have plenty of time to check things off and be prepared when the day of your party comes.     

Enjoy the Party!

If you’ve planned, prepared, and ordered local catering, there should be nothing left for you to do but enjoy the festivities. Imagine actually having the time to mingle with your guests, savor the food, and perhaps have a glass of wine or two.

If you’re going to be hosting a holiday party this year, we hope that you’ll consider local catering from one of Provo’s most beloved restaurants — La Jolla Groves. When you order from us, you’ll be able to pick all of the favorite dishes you enjoy at our restaurant, but in the comfort of your own home. Choose from our extensive list of soups, salads, sides, entrees, and desserts for a complete meal that your guests are sure to love.

And ordering your catering from La Jolla Groves has never been easier with our online ordering system. Simply enter the time and date that you would like your food delivered, along with your number of guests, then start picking from the list of mouthwatering choices.Your guests will love the food and you’ll be grateful that you can actually spend time with your loved ones instead of being held prisoner in the kitchen.

Ready to start planning? Visit our website or give La Jolla Groves a call to place your catering order.