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Red and green are layered into a festive shot that looks as good as it tastes! Start the fun early with its sweet and spicy kick.
Combining an indulgent creaminess with a light and refreshing fruity punch, this playful beverage is all the fun you need for your grownup snow day!
Abounding with natural wintery fruit flavors that are infused into a deep red wine, this sangria is sure to warm up any holiday crowd.
Topped with a dollop of whipped cream, this hot and steamy drink is perfect for cuddling up after a long day out in the bitter cold!
Check back on Friday for the last four recipes in our 12 drinks of Christmas, and be sure to take a look at Part I for our first 4 drink recipes!
This refreshing drink includes a quick jab of vodka with the bitter bite of grapefruit juice, topped off with a hint of mint.
With Red Stag bourbon, cherry syrup, and a cherry garnish, you can't get much sweeter than this winter nightcap.
This dark, rich beverage harmonizes chocolate and peppermint for a perfect evening in front of the fireplace.
Made with a wide variety of ingredients and flavors, this recipe requires overnight refrigeration to marinade correctly — so you might as well make a lot of it!
Check back on Wednesday for the next four recipes in our 12 drinks of Christmas!
It’s that time of year again – work holiday parties, a class winter party for the kids, one family dinner after the other, ugly sweater parties, cookie exchange parties, and more parties, parties, parties!
"RSVP with a dish or dessert you’ll bring."
"Don’t forget your tray of cookies for the exchange."
"Please take note of little Jimmy’s peanut allergy."
But with all these gatherings and our other day-to-day obligations, who has time to slave in the kitchen for hours perfecting their great, great grandma’s holiday candy recipe? Not many; and that’s why you, our amazing bakers, have bakeries buzzing with customers caught up in the hustle and bustle that comes with the season. We’re here to give you some tips for preparing your bakery for the holiday season rush and to share some favorite holiday baking ideas that give us that nostalgic feeling of celebrating at home with family and friends!
As far back as we can remember, cookie baking and decorating has always been a holiday tradition in many homes, leading to the even more favored cookie exchange. Many of us here look forward to bringing in our own family recipes to share with coworkers every year, sometimes leading to competitive battles in search of the best snickerdoodle! But in today’s busy society, not everyone has the time or desire to whip out their mixing bowls, spatulas, cookie sheets and cutters to start baking, let alone, clean it all up! So now it’s up to our favorite bakeries to craft the ultimate assortment of intricately decorated, oddly shaped, great tasting, traditional and non-traditional assorted cookie trays! Consider some of these suggestions to ensure your tray not only looks professional, but has a cookie to hit everyone’s sweet tooth.
Beginning as a solid white sugary stick, the candy cane is believed to have developed into its modern curved shape around 1670 when they were supposedly passed out to young children as a sweet treat to keep them satisfied during the lengthy Nativity scene. Whether or not this tale is true, it’s definitely evident that candy making has evolved into another holiday tradition as people continue to give homemade candy as gifts, not only this season, but throughout the entire year. From chocolate dipped fruit and drizzled pretzels to peanut butter balls, caramel turtles, and chocolate lollipops, homemade chocolate candy is a beautiful option for catering or gifting.
Have you noticed how popular cupcakes have become and how they’ve evolved in just the past few years? Bakers have become incredibly skilled at transforming an ordinary cupcake into a decadent masterpiece. Cupcakes make great holiday baked goods because they’re easy to share, and they make a great display. Customers will be drawn to your bakery cases filled with carefully frosted, mouth-watering cupcakes, ordering their supply for their next… you guessed it, party! Here are some ideas to add holiday cheer to your treats.
Holiday catering can be a major boost to your business. Whether it's an in-house gig in your hotel or you travel to rented locations, attracting the attention of a whole company for a catered evening means they're working with a bigger budget and you're making bigger profits. This extra cash is the main reason why catering during the holidays is so essential. It also gives you a chance to create specialized holiday party menus that can appeal to specific demographics, including ones that serve holiday-themed foods (like Christmas and Hanukkah), or a secular menu that simply uses a wintry theme. Regardless of what you choose, holiday party catering is one of the smartest moves your company can make — as long as it's done right.
During the winter, your menu will vary depending on what holiday is coming up next. Thanksgiving is a pretty quick one with the standards of turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, and similar foods lining your chafers and filling up your holding cabinets. As long as you have the staples that everyone has come to know and love, you can easily please anyone with a fine catered turkey dinner.
A Christmas holiday party menu is also a quick fix with ham, goose, turkey, crab, and more as potential entrees. To go along with them, gingerbread, au gratin, salad, and fresh-baked pies are all excellent choices to fill out the sides and dessert portions of your self-serve area. Add in a few carving stations with a cook on hand to slice cuts of beef as customers walk by, and you have a fully functional and memorable Christmas-themed buffet.
New Years dishes have their own traditions as well with foods like pork, sauerkraut, and fish, all of which were at one point considered to be good luck foods back in the day. People originally chose pork because pigs symbolized progress, while some cultures chose sauerkraut, believing that more greens led to better fortune in the New Year. Traditions can change easily from culture to culture though, so if you're catering a party for a specific nationality, make sure you do a little googling.
A classic non-denominational theme for a catered holiday party is the "winter wonderland" idea, utilizing colorful blues and whites in your décor and employee uniforms to create an engaging atmosphere. This is a safe bet for any party that includes a range of people from different backgrounds and with different traditions. This neutral, everybody-wins kind of setting not only ensures you won't leave anyone out, but it also gives you a chance to start a tradition for your customers — a thematic holiday party that they enjoy from the same caterer every year.
Other neutral theme ideas can include a classic winter setting using memorabilia that everyone can recognize, like nutcrackers, sleds, snowmen, strings of lights, and fireplaces. You can complement these symbols with apple cider, hot chocolate, and a variety of other beverages as well, getting your guests in the winter spirit as they move about your party. This kind of atmosphere is sure to leave a lasting impression, increasing the chance they'll contact you again for the next party they need.
Last, there's the non-traditional take on holiday parties, some of which don't even have to include wintry themes. There is always the casino, the town fair, and even the masquerade — and they all have their merits. The casino gives you a chance to engage customers directly while offering fun prizes, and the town fair can include nostalgic carnival games. The masquerade — which includes every party attendant wearing masks — can be turned into a night-long guessing game about each others' identities, creating a great conversation piece for all of your guests and common ground they can use to kickstart conversation.
Basically, when it comes to theme, the sky is the limit. Whether you try something new or stick with what works, picking out the right theme for your holiday party can turn a so-so work function into a memorable evening.
And if the customer likes it enough, then they might even make you a part of their holiday party tradition.