The Coffee Station Your Holiday Event Needs

Last month our team reviewed the must-do trends for holiday parties in 2016. Now we’re breaking down exactly how to create a boozy coffee station that will warm up your guests.

Whether you’re hosting a small soiree or working with a larger venue, this station is easy to assemble while leaving a big impression.

Get Toasty (The basics)
-Decaf & Regular Coffee
-Hot Chocolate
-Herbal Tea

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Naughty List (For adults only)
Baileys
Kahlua
Frangelico
Godiva Liqueur
Jameson
Crème de Menthe

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Nice List (How to top it off)
Whipped Cream
Chocolate Shavings
Chocolate Sauce
Crushed Peppermints
Nutmeg

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Bonus Tip! Let you guests stir their coffee in style with extra-sweet rocky candy sticks.

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Ideas for Your Company Holiday Party 2015

Anyone can have a holiday party, but here’s how you can plan one that will have people not wanting to leave.

Create a Vibe

It’s important to form a space that allows movement for your guests. Consider a mixture of high-boys to encourage mingling and dancing as well as standard tables to allow for eating.

Make the Drinks Interesting

Think about setting up a boozy coffee station or whiskey tasting table. People love activities and experiences that offer ways to connect with one another.

Give People Photo Ops

Above all, give people something or somewhere dramatic to snap a memory. Props with funny sayings, festive backdrops or even a green screen will entice people to share their fun.

Take a look at this video to see these suggestions come to life and party on!

 

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What Menu Best Fits Your Event?

When planning a party, food is the easiest way to set the right tone.

Want something casual with mixing and mingling?  Steer clear of plated service where guests will need to stay seated. Want something more refined and elegant? Plated is the way to go.

The key is to think of the experience you want for your guests. Follow the flowchart to see what style may suit you best…

Menu Infographic

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A Must-Do for the Perfect Summer Party

Summer events and sangria are a match made in heaven. The drink is a crowd-pleaser, but take a few minutes to get the presentation right and you’ll score major bonus points with your guests.

Grace Fuller, Director of Food & Beverage for Entertainment Cruises in Chicago, is revealing the perfect mix of ingredients to dress up both red and white sangria. Time to get mixing.

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How to Plan the Perfect Outdoor Event

Summer is here! It’s time to head outside and not look back – and the same goes for your events. Whether you’re planning birthday, reunion or a celebration for no reason, this is the season for events al fresco.

Put these four must-do tips into practice and your guests won’t want to leave.

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Find the Perfect Bar Package for Your Event

Whether you’re tying the knot, organizing a corporate outing or simply planning a party, one question will eventually pop up: How should I decide on my drink package?

There are a number of options, and finding the best one depends on your group and vision.
Ask yourself the questions below to start figuring out what will work best for you!

Pick Your Bar Package

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Creating the Perfect Bloody Mary Bar

Whether you’re planning an event for 10 or 10K, it’s important to give your guests a personalized experience.

Need a delicious idea to get you started? Consider setting up a build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar.

Rumored to cure hangovers and a big favorite at brunch, the endless variations of this savory cocktail make it perfect for a make-your-own station at your next event.


Step 1: Mix It Up

The secret to a killer Bloody Mary bar? Don’t cut corners and buy a pre-made mix. For full freshness and flavor, mix up your own batch.

Mixes typically include tomato juice spiced up with ingredients like prepared horseradish, celery salt, black pepper, garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce or a dash of Tabasco. Here’s an easy recipe to get you started.

Add lime juice, olive juice or even a quick pull of a hoppy beer to cut down on the thickness of a bloody Mary.


Step 2: Top It Off
Here’s where the fun begins. The more ingredient options you can give your guests the better.

Seasonings (for the rim)
Old Bay
Jerk
Bacon Salt


Add-ins
BBQ Sauce
A1 Sauce
Hot Sauces


Must-haves
Celery
Limes
Lemons
Olives
Pickles
Pepperoni
Cheeses
Bonus Add-ons
Banana Peppers
Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives
Bacon Skewer
Bacon-wrapped Asparagus
Cajun Shrimp
Hardboiled Eggs
Hamburger Sliders
Beef Jerky
Chicken Wings
Oysters


Don’t forget!
SKYY Ginger
SKYY Citrus Vodka
Absolut Peppar
Absolut Citron

Step 3: Show It Off

To nail it on the presentation, consider serving up your cocktails in mason jars.

When brining this idea to life at a large-scale event, streamline the process with order forms guests can use to create their custom cocktail.

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Resolve to Try New Flavors in 2015

We all have our favorites – the dish you can order without even glancing at the menu, or your go-to drink at the bar.

But trying things outside of our comfort zones and routines can give us a major energy boost. So if variety is the spice of life – let’s start with what’s on your plate. (Come on, what other New Year’s resolution sounds this delicious?)

Venture to New Areas of the Menu

I challenge you to explore new territories of the menu at your favorite restaurant. And if you’re scared of experiencing buyer’s remorse, go half-and-half on entrees with a friend. That way you can fall back on your favorite while still giving something new a chance.

Ready to try someplace new? Check if your city is participating in a restaurant week this winter. During this wallet-friendly week, participating restaurants show their stuff by offering limited-time, prix fixe menus.

A Fresh Way to Cheers

If you typically go for lighter spirits at the bar, challenge yourself to sip on something new. Matching an alcohol like whiskey with something sweet or sour is a great way to get started.

Feeling lost? Don’t be afraid to ask your server for a recommendation. I make sure my staff is knowledgeable about the menu, and they love giving suggestions. Tell them what you like about your go-to drink, and see what they recommend. If wine is offered by the glass many restaurants will let you sample it before you commit to your order, so don’t be afraid to ask!

My Must-Try for 2015

Not sure where to start? Let me recommend one of my favorite ingredients for 2015 – Kale.

This leafy green is definitely on the superfoods list, but some can find it a bit intimidating. If you pair it with tart or citrus flavors your taste buds will be asking for more. Check out this favorite recipe from our Spirit Cruises Menu:

-Combine spinach, kale, red onions and roasted red peppers
-Toss with a garlic lemon vinaigrette
-Top with Parmesan cheese shavings

Chances are this is one resolution you can keep going all year long.

How to Create a Signature Drink

The easiest ways to ramp up the “wow” factor at your next event? A signature drink. An opportunity for personalization, creating the right drink can make attendees feel like VIPs.

Creating a signature drink is easy! If you’re working with a venue, ask the bartender or food and beverage point-person to help you package existing ingredients in a unique way.

On your own? The key is to make it relevant to your guests. Ask yourself these questions and soon you’ll have a cocktail that’s sure to hit a sweet spot.

Does it fit the season?
Is your event tied to a season or holiday? A gingerbread martini or a customized mojito will hit differently depending on the time of year. Seasonal ingredients are an easy way to make sure your drink is appealing.

Is it age-appropriate?
If you guest list skews younger, go for a drink that packs a sweet or sour punch, integrating spirits like Jameson or flavored vodka. Older attendees will be more open and excited about classic drinks like an Old Fashioned or other martini.

If you’re working with a group that varies in age, don’t be afraid to put more than one specialty drink on the menu! Consider having one cold and one hot drink, or create a mocktail for your non-drinking guests.

It is personalized?
If this is a corporate event, match the drink to the company colors.  If your guests come from different organizations, think about what they have in common as you name your creation.

Does it look good?
Once you have the mix just right, customize the presentation for a beverage that’s as visually interesting as it is delicious. Consider garnishes like colored sugar on the glass rim, fruit or unusual toppings like rock candy.

If it looks good your guests will be encouraged to snap and share photos  – giving you more sharable content and publicity on social.

What’s in a name? 
Give your drink a relevant name and promote it with signage on the bar. Guests just need to know it exists and most will be excited to give it a try.

They’ll be clinking glasses all night!