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Nov. 10, 2022
‘Tis the season for holiday parties. There’s nothing like getting together your closest friends and family for a special dinner event. If you’ve never thrown one yourself, don’t worry. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you make it a success.
It’s just not the holidays without seasonal decorations. Put out familiar family favourites or aim for something more modern. You can try going for a theme, like a blue and white winter wonderland or a rustic tree farm look.
Of course for this event you’ll want to pay extra attention to the dinner table. Centerpieces, table runners and candles (candlesticks or tea lights) elevate any dining table. You may even want to consider name cards to help the dinner conversation and make this feel more like an Event with a capital E.
There’s no shortage of holiday tunes to get everyone in a festive mood. You can play the classics or find a playlist with more of a twist. Instrumental tracks provide nice background music without overpowering any conversations. You could even try pairing musical genres with your cocktails — just check out our recommendations.
This is no ordinary night, so it’s a good time to bring out extraordinary epicurean delights. Go for premium ingredients in everything you serve, and that includes cocktails. Grey Goose Vodka is made from only two ingredients: the finest French wheat and limestone-filtered water. Every drop is distilled in France, and we ensure it’s made with great care from crop to cork. Our iconic bottle sets the stage for a stylish, sensorial dinner party from starters to dessert.
Especially since your guests may not (probably won’t) arrive all at the same time, you’ll want to give them something to nibble on until the main course. Put out some hors d'oeuvres and don’t forget about the lost art of aperitifs.
Aperitifs are typically low ABV, bitter drinks traditionally served before the meal. Some common examples you may have heard of are sherry and amaro. You could serve them on their own, but they may be more crowd-pleasing in a holiday themed cocktail. The Fireside Martini Cocktail contains the traditional aperitif vermouth, while the Silent Martini Cocktail contains sherry.
Next, you’ll want to decide on your main course and the perfect cocktail to complement it. The basics of pairing are to either put alike flavours together that enhance each other, or to combine somewhat opposing flavours to offset one another. Learn all about how to pair your main dish with the right cocktails, including suggestions for everything from plant-based to meat dishes, and then learn how to deck your drink to give any cocktail festive flair.
This time of year especially is all about the sweets. You can certainly put out cookies and candy, but maybe your guests will want to drink their dessert instead? Browse all our favourite drinks on the sweeter side, or serve up the festive Peppermint Froth, Holiday Punch or Gingerbread Martini Cocktail.
This part of your holiday dinner party is entirely optional, but you may want to host a gift exchange with your guests. You could do Secret Santa, White Elephant or any other gift-giving tradition. Or you could even give small party favours to your guests as the night winds down. Whatever you choose, we’ve put together a Grey Goose Gift Guide to help you find something perfect for any occasion.
And really, giving a gift would just be the bow on top of an already lovely evening you were able to provide your friends and family. The gift of a holiday dinner party will be appreciated by all.
And finally you’ll want to make sure your guests get home safe. Make sure everyone has a designated driver or alternate transportation home.
Follow all these tips and you’ll be sure to have created a holiday dinner party to remember for years to come. And you can keep the party going — get more holiday ideas and tips for the whole season.