The holidays are great for getting friends and family together. If you have a group celebrating different holidays, it’s always fun to try and incorporate both in your party theme! With Christmas and Hanukkah overlapping this year, it’s the best excuse to bring out your best event planning skills if you are throwing a holiday extravaganza in your Sagamore apartment. Here are some tips for throwing a great holiday party this season!
Plan Ahead! Even if you decide to play host at the last minute, planning as far ahead as you can helps to ensure a less stressful party on your end! By creating a guest list, menu, and planning decor, taking these easy steps to figure things out ahead a time will make it much more fun to plan and carefree as you shop for party essentials. Check out the following article for more tips on planning a stress free holiday party!
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Bring on the Food! Food is the biggest staple of every gathering, and it is easy to be festive while celebrating both holidays at your party! If you are serving finger foods, pigs in a blanket are great as most prepackaged ones are kosher, and they are an easy crowd pleaser! You can find a recipe to make your own as well here.
For dessert, try serving some homemade or store bought jelly doughnuts! A tradition for many Hanukkah celebrations, these powdered donuts are also festive for the Christmas season! Take a look here for a recipe if you want to put your Sagamore kitchen to use and whip up your very own!
Martha Stewart has great Easy Meal Recipes if you are looking for ideas on full courses for a more formal gathering.
Make Everyone An Honorary Bartender! A self-serve bar is an efficient way to go for any holiday party! By setting up a table with different alcoholic drinks and sodas, everyone can serve themselves leaving one less task for the party planner!
Add A Dress Code to the Invite! Add a festive flare to the attire by making a dress code! By either going with formal, or a fun theme such as holiday ugly sweaters, it will be easy for all guests to find something great to wear!
While there is nothing quite like a home cooked meal, dining out with friends and family who are visiting during the holiday season is always great. Local restaurants around the Upper West Side will be transforming their usual decor into a festive fun space this holiday season! Here are some local eateries where you can dine and find specials for the holidays.
Crave Fish Bar (81st and Amsterdam): Crave Fish Bar will be offering both a special Hanukkah and Christmas Eve dinner menu in addition to their main dishes this holiday season! Their special menu will include dishes celebrating Hanukkah such as latke with salmon sashimi, creme fraiche, lemon yuzu shallot emulsion with fresh chive and Christmas Eve special additions including roast snapper, strip steak and lobster fra diavolo with buttered bucatini. You can make a reservation by visiting their website, or over the phone!
Bettola (79th and Amsterdam): Bettola will be serving a special menu for the holidays– yet to be announced! Open for both Hanukkah and Christmas this is a great local spot to bring family and friends. Some specials you may find on their menu will include European Style Sauerkraut Soup, Potato Latkes, and Lamb Stew. To see their full menu, visit their website!
French Roast Uptown (85th and Broadway): Just a short walk from The Sagamore, French Roast Uptown is the perfect spot for a more casual dinning experience and delightful meal this holiday season if you won’t be cooking! To celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas Eve, menu items will include festive brisket cooked with apples and a brown sugar mustard glaze, and Oven Roasted Tuna with broccoli rabe, tomatoes, olives and capers. You can see their full menu, and also their Christmas Day menu on their website.
Bar Boulud (64th and Broadway): Bar Boulud will be serving a fixed price three course special menu on Christmas Eve. Dinner will be served starting at 5pm and reservations are required. If you choose to stop into this local Upper West Side spot, you will have a choice of Mushroom Soup, Hand Rolled Potato Gnocchi, and Slow Baked Black Bass for your holiday meal. You can see all the menu options and make a reservation online.
Here are some other local restaurants around the Upper West Side who will be open for the holidays this year!