Traditions must start somewhere; and this holiday season, Butler’s Pantry says it’s time to create a few new ones. Jeanne Whitworth and Bridget Pelster, both VPs of sales and catering with Butler’s Pantry, share fresh, fun and festive ideas that are sure to set your party apart from the rest.
First, try changing the time of your celebration—no one says entertaining is limited to weekend evenings. “Maybe you don’t do a Saturday night in December; consider Thursday- or Friday-night cocktails, or even the week after the New Year,” says Whitworth, noting that a holiday brunch or lunch can help cap cost and personal time. Additionally, more guests might be able to attend. “It seems like everyone’s calendars book up so quickly in December, so why not offer them something in January when they might have more free time?” asks Pelster.
Next, try rethinking your drinks. Wine and beer are popular at parties, but one drink stands out as the festive alternative. “Bringing Champagne back into the holidays is a great way to show that you’re celebrating,” says Pelster, adding mimosas are fun twists on the drink for daytime entertaining, while Champagne cocktails offer festive flair at night.
With the drinks comes the food, and Butler’s Pantry has a plethora of ideas for adding that unexpected element: For example, take Butler’s Pantry’s traditional cheeseburger slider with a shoestring potato fry and traditional ketchup, says Whitworth. “Our twist on that is a southwest black bean burger on whole wheat with baked sweet potato fries—it’s that comfort food with an innovative twist.”
Butler’s Pantry also can cater around dietary restrictions, Pelster says, an important aspect of any successful party that hosts and hostesses should keep in mind. “A lot of our items can be gluten-free for everyone and you wouldn’t even know it—those guests truly appreciate that extra effort.”
So, the party is set for a unique day with delicious drinks and ample food; what else is left? To extend that customized flair, look to décor. Whitworth notes a unique serveware option that’s both festive and eco-friendly: vessels made from recycled fallen leaves. “As soon as you open the door, you set the tone for the party with the décor and with what you’re greeting the guests with,” Pelster explains. The combination is sure to create a memorable experience—one that may even start new traditions to be held for years to come.
ON THE COVER: Turn to Butler’s Pantry for creative twists on classic recipes, drinks and party ideas this holiday season. For more information, call 664-7680 or visit butlerspantry.com.