Breakfast Catering Made Easy

Date Posted: 26/04/2017 4:22:46 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Breakfast Catering Made Easy With Our Top 3 Most Requested Dishes

Breakfast events seem to be the new trend in the business and corporate world. Whether it’s for a client meeting, a board meeting or just a company catch up, the most important meal of the day is increasingly becoming a popular choice among corporate companies and even private organisations. So why choose a breakfast event for your office?



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Reasons why many are turning to breakfast catering

There are two important reasons why events held during breakfast are refreshing and psychologically stimulating. One, people are most alert, awake and productive early in the morning; two, holding an event for people during this time will be a good idea since you will not be interrupting their work during the day.

As it soars in popularity, many are now preferring breakfast meetings over lunches in the business world. In a survey conducted by OnePoll, it was found that meetings hosted in the mornings have more positive outcomes since people pay more attention to the agenda at this time. Plus, any corporate or even private event hosted during the morning is more cost-effective than lunch.

The idea of mornings also expresses informality and a more relaxed style which at some point can set an easy tone and help establish business relationships fast.

You may need to hurdle another problem though, not all of your workers are morning people. Carefully planning this to your advantage will make a great start for everybody’s day.



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Breakfast menus you can try

The idea of starting the day with good breakfast can fuel people up especially those who will be facing a long day. You can check your caterer’s menu in advance and make reservations. And of course understanding your guests food preferences will help in making the event a success. Will it be simplified? Caffeine fueled? Gluten free? With lots of add-ons? A brunch?

Here at Laissez-faire, one of our top favourites from the breakfast menu is the acai smoothie. As an all organic breakfast boost, customers find it refreshing and energy giving choice in one go. This goes together with other choices of our clients like the crisp bacon and egg pies which are paired with Heinz ketchup - an easy to eat option for those on the run. Other breakfast option that are topping our bill include the three below:

  • Croque monsieur of honey glazed ham, béchamel, gruyere cheese and a fried egg with a tomato chilli jam
  • Corn fritters with crispy bacon, roasted roma tomatoes, smashed avocado, and sour cream
  • Mango smoothies with banana and acai

Now, try considering these in your options and give your breakfast meetings an instant boost. Or you may opt for other breakfast choices like themed breakfasts or ethnic breakfast dishes. And if you are enjoying this too much and you want breakfast menus any time of the day, brinner (breakfast dinner), can be an option too.

Check out our other healthy and flavoursome breakfasts on Instagram.

Click below to get our breakfast menu - have a happy and productive breakfast!

Venue Spotlight: Stunning Sydney Venue

Date Posted: 19/04/2017 4:12:21 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Venue Spotlight: Harbour 220

We are absolutely loving this venue right now. 

With stunning views of Sydney Harbour and overlooking the Opera House and Botanical Gardens, this venue is exclusive, intimate and high class. Harbour 220 boasts a pillarless ballroom with the capacity to seat 100 guests comfortably, including a pre-drinks bar area designed to welcome your guests and entertain them with elegance and sophistication before and after every event.

Located on the 15th floor of the Hudson Building on Macquarie Street in the heart of Sydney CBD, it is ideal for corporate and private functions and is available for all day and all night events, from cool cocktails, fresh lunches to stylish dinners. Laissez-faire will complement your booking with a variety of menu options, willingness to collaborate and high standards of service delivery.

We are   offering an extraordinary deal for this venue!  
For any booking confirmed before June 30th, 2017,  Laissez-faire will offer 50% off the recommended rack rate of venue hire
Find out more information on this offer here

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Take a look at these stunning photos and imagine how your own event could look in this incredible space.

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Easter Decor & Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Date Posted: 3/04/2017 2:18:00 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Easter ideas to keep your table looking fun and fresh

It seems like we are constantly moving from one celebratory season to another and they come around so quickly. No sooner have we finished Christmas and the scorching summer that we have endured and loved, but now it’s time for the Easter Bunny to rear its chocolate head.

If you’re looking for something sweet, but not the chocolate kind of sweet, how about adding darling cut-outs with a knot of raffia around your linen napkins on the table to really up the ante of festive fun.

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Freesia’s and Hyacinths would be two of our go-to seasonal flowers during the Easter celebrations. Potted Hyacinths offer dramatic colours and a beautiful fragrance that will immediately energise your table and bring a chic air of elegance to any entertaining you have on the calendar.

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Hot Cross Bun Recipe



  • 475g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 25g good-quality cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 85g chilled unsalted butter, chopped
  • 100g golden caster sugar, plus 50g extra to glaze
  • 2 x 7g sachets dried yeast
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 190ml lukewarm milk
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 75g raisins (optional)
  • 75g milk chocolate, chopped
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 75g chopped candied peel


1. Sift 400g of the flour, the cocoa powder, mixed spice and salt into a bowl. Add the butter and, with your fingertips, rub together until the mix resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and dried yeast, then form a well in the centre. Whisk the egg and milk together and pour into the well. Quickly mix with a wooden spoon to incorporate.

2.  Knead on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes until soft and silky. Shape into a ball. Put in a large, lightly oiled bowl, covered with cling film. Leave for 1½ hours in a warm place, loosely covered with greased cling film, until doubled in size.

3. Remove the risen dough to a lightly floured surface, flatten slightly, then knead in the raisins (optional), chocolate, zest and candied peel, until everything is evenly distributed.

4. Divide into 12 equal pieces (about 100g each) and shape into smooth-surfaced buns. Place in rows on a lightly oiled baking tray, leaving a little gap between each. Cover loosely with lightly oiled cling film and leave to prove in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size again. The buns should now be touching each other. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6.

5. With a serrated knife, score the tops of the buns with a cross. Mix the remaining 75g flour with 1 tbsp. oil and 5 tbsp. cold water to a smooth paste, then spoon into a piping bag (or a small, clear, sturdy plastic bag with the corner snipped off).

6.  Carefully pipe the mixture in lines along the knife scores on the buns, going first one way, then the other, using a knife to stop the flow. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until risen and firm to the touch.

7.  Meanwhile, put the remaining sugar into a pan with the orange juice. Put over a low heat until it has dissolved. Bring to the boil and bubble for 2 minutes until thickened.

8.  Remove the buns from the oven and turn out onto a rack. Glaze with the syrup and serve warm or cold.

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Hot Venue: Harbour 220

Date Posted: 2/04/2017 2:14:00 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Harbour 220


With stunning views of Sydney Harbour and overlooking the Botanical Gardens, Harbour 220 is exclusive and intimate. Located on the 15th floor of the Hudson Building on Macquarie Street in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, this venue is ideal for corporate and private functions and is available for evening events, from cool cocktails to stylish dinners.

The pillarless ballroom has a capacity of up to 100 guests for a sit-down event, including a pre-drinks bar area designed to welcome and entertain guests with elegance and sophistication. A newly refurbished balcony also features.

Laissez-faire will deliver perfect food and beverage solutions tailored specifically for your event - from cool cocktails to stylish dinners, you'll be impressed by the variety of menu options, willingness to collaborate and the high standards of service delivery. 


As a valued client, we will be offering an extraordinary deal to coincide with our Autumn newsletter. For any booking confirmed before June 30th, 2017,  Laissez-faire will offer 50% off the recommended rack rate of venue hire. 

All day events from 8:00am - 5:00pm $1350.00

All evening events from 6:00pm - 12:00am $1750.00

And to make it that little more enticing... and NO, we're not going to throw in a set of steak knives. We will offer a complimentary upgrade on all beverage packages*.

* Minimum numbers apply to evening events.

Check out these beautiful images of Harbour 220!

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Family Day at Centennial Parklands

Date Posted: 1/04/2017 2:11:00 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Corporate Family Carnival at Centennial Parklands

We recently had the exciting and monumental challenge of hosting a corporate family day at Centennial Parklands, the logistical planning of organising an event for over 4000 guests proved that we stand behind our quality and consistency of our product, our clients gave us glowing reviews and the abundance, quality and sheer variety of food ensured that EVERY single guest left our event absolutely satiated.


Imagine if you can, a carnival style atmosphere with themed stations providing international flavours and delicious morsels to taste. We cleverly positioned a variety of ten different food stations covering a multitude of cuisines.


Our street style Barcelona paella bars were a smash, with both a traditional Catalan Paella that had the crowd’s tummies rumbling as we started the sofrito to ensure an authentic and delicious dish, alongside a more Valencia “beach” style vegetable paella. We spent days preparing the fresh artichokes and the product was absolutely mouth-watering.

Complimenting the Spanish cuisine, we also had traditional Napoli style pizza bars, producing crisp based, piping hot pizzas with fresh mozzarella and a simple selection of truly classic favourites.


Clearly the new trend in food and making a huge hit at our events, we have harnessed the Ottolenghi bug and gone all Tripoli with our Lebanese bars, fresh pitta, piping hot, homemade falafels, lamb kofta, hummus, tabouli and yoghurt dips. We dressed the tables with beautiful glazed earthenware, luscious pomegranates and lemons on the branch, which we felt really tied the station together, it smelt great and looked chic!


And if we couldn’t make it any more Moorish… we finished the event with Spanish style donuts. Try conjuring up a selection of vanilla glazed, salted chocolate chip cookie, caramel popcorn, Malteser and the time honoured “Nutella" and then try saying NO... Couldn’t do it right???


Improve your Annual Corporate Dinners

Date Posted: 27/03/2017 1:20:00 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Annual Corporate Dinner Themes 

Annual corporate dinners are regular features for most companies. It becomes a night for showcasing new products, networking, an opportunity to reward employees, celebrate a milestone, present new people or just a social event that can bring everybody together which is rare for larger companies.

Over the years, the idea of organising for events like this have changed. It has evolved into something more exciting and something that an organisation looks forward too. Companies try their best to experiment on entertainment options, catering, themes, and venues.

We think themes make corporate events even more special.

Why hold themed annual dinners?

Here are some reasons why you should organise an annual themed dinner:

#1 It creates buzz

It builds up excitement for everybody. That is if the theme is chosen well. The talk can spread and generate more audience and will assist in the marketing of that event later on. And you can create themes from anything you fancy.

#2 Use the theme to show the purpose of the event

Companies can use a theme to relate back to the reason for the dinner. It ties the whole event together. Whether it’s just the colour palette or the dress or the decoration, the theme can act as a unifier.

#3 It promotes social sharing

People will literally snap hundreds of photos at a fun and instagrammable event. So imagine the social media exposure you can get from this. Creating impact around your annual dinner can help it spread on social media.

Theme ideas for your next annual dinner

#1 Seasonal themed dinner

The idea of dressing up for each of the seasons is different and can be done any time of the year. Plus it can offer more ideas for decorating. And the food choices for this theme can be seasonal as well. Choose a venue that can showcase it well and you are good to go.


#2 Brand themed dinners

There’s no such thing as too extravagant if your aim is to revolve the party around your brand. Why not, right? Brand themed dinners creates the psychology of oneness. Incorporating your company logo and design to the decor, the food design and the entertainment can create one fun dinner party.

This helps you, as an organisation to stay focused on the objectives and on the idea of your company as a whole as well. Remember, brand identity sells and will make your guests happy they are part of something so great.


#3 Sustainable themed dinners

Have you ever been to a sustainable themed dinner? It adds to the value of the event. In the world where many businesses try to promote sustainability in the office and at home, a themed dinner like this can create a big impact not only on the organisation but on your social media followers as well. You can include this in your objective as well as a company. All decor must be central to sustainability. Recyclable utensils, no plastic and the idea of after party leftovers being composted is a good goal.



For food, including sustainable produce for catering is a great and delicious idea.

#4 Era themed dinners

Era themed dinners never seem to get old and still excite everybody. Plus, there are so many eras to choose from. You can go futuristic, 1950’s, or maybe 1970’s. You have lots of choices. For this, choose a venue that can be transformed to fit your theme as well.



#5 Entertainment themed dinners

Remember that James Bond themed dinner you saw on our Instagram? You can pull it off too for your event. It’s easy and a nice way to cater the event for everybody. Other choices include Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, Academy Awards, Casablanca, old Hollywood, etc. It will create excitement and will give everybody something to talk about during the event and even after it happened.

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So, have you chosen your annual dinner theme?

New, Hot Sydney Event Venues

Date Posted: 20/02/2017 3:38:59 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Hot Locations

We know that you're all looking for the next big thing, the newest venue, the hottest place to socialise and communicate your brand message in our urban jungle, our beautiful Sydney. Well we’re happy to make a new introduction;  The Venue should be on your radar. It's hip, it's big, it's new and it’s a hop, skip and a jump from the CBD.

We also thought you would appreciate an update and refresh of the Chinese Gardens. Now that the ICC SYDNEY has opened and construction down this end of town is done and dusted (well for the next 5 minutes at least) we wanted to ensure this private garden paradise is back in your event destination thought process.


Alexandria NSW 2015

Sydney's Newest Premium Warehouse Event Space

Located conveniently between Sydney’s International Airport and the CBD, we offer clients a large, flexible warehouse space with 5 star amenities catering to a wide variety of events including gala dinners, product launches, fashion parades, conferences, corporate functions, weddings and community events.

With a capacity of 1,000 guests for a dinner, cocktail style or conferencing, flexibility is the key to our space. We will offer a unique opportunity to dress the interior to create your own event with the industrial warehouse look.

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Darling Harbour NSW 2000

Nestled in the heart of Darling Harbour, the Chinese Garden of Friendship offers a slice of traditional China in the heart of Sydney. Modelled after the lavish private gardens of the Ming Dynasty, which ruled China from the 14th to the 17th century, the Chinese Gardens where built to celebrate the friendship between Australia and China. Renowned as one of the best Chinese gardens in the world outside of China they have become a popular destination for weddings and celebrations.

The landscape of the gardens is stunning. The garden was designed with traditional Taoist beliefs that stress the importance of infusing Qi, the essential force of life and energy into the garden. In order to achieve Qi, every plant is hand-picked and the landscape is intricately designed to reflect aspects of nature and harmony.

Guests can wonder the hidden stone paths and explore waterfalls, lakes and Chinese flora. Scattered throughout are garden pagodas and a large teahouse providing a truly unique and unforgettable event destination. As one of Laissez-faire Catering's favourite venues, the Chinese Gardens provide the ultimate backdrop for a wide range of events.

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Perfect Venues for your next Product Launch

Date Posted: 20/02/2017 11:24:32 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Planning your next Product Launch

A product launch is a great marketing move for any business wanting to get their new product out there and create interest. Take for example the buzz that big companies like Apple and Samsung create for their product launches. They’re huge, classy and cool events that can rake in millions of dollars.

This is because they know how to launch a product and they already have an established name in their industry. How about small, medium and large businesses devoid of the apple logo? How do you strategise, create excitement, attract audience and generate awe during your product launch?

It’s as simple as highlighting the day and the event together with the product. It’s about creating one event that can create impact offline and online. How?

Planning the launch

Generating brand awareness across platforms and channels is a must for any corporation or business planning to launch a new product. This means posting on social media, hinting at what is in store for the future. Get your audience talking about you.



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To increase your odds of getting noticed, let’s focus on the planning of the day itself - the venue, the food and the atmosphere. This should all be planned before you start talking about the product launch on social media or in email newsletters.

Use the venue to entice your audience

The event venue can make or break the atmosphere you want to create for your product launch. While many product launch events would suit an on-site atmosphere (in the company office or business place), holding an off-site event can add a sense of gravitas and more people are likely to be interested in attending if it isn’t being held at their regular 9 to 5 office.

Venues create impact. Choose one that can fit your ideal number of guests and consider one which will complement your brand’s goal. Here’s two of our top recommendations for product launches: Cell Block Theatre at the National Art School and Harbour 220.

Cell Block Theatre

The cathedral-like space of this venue is amazing and hard to find elsewhere. It’s historical and interesting. The venue also has an entertaining space outside, so your guests don’t have to be confined to the interior when it’s time to mingle and look around. Accommodating up to 350 for a cocktail event inside and an additional 400 for the courtyard, this venue is perfect for memorable product launches.

The Cell Block Theatre at the National Art School

Find more information about Cell Block Theatre here.

Harbour 220

Harbour 220 on the other hand is an exclusive venue that suits a highly sophisticated atmosphere. This venue boasts impressive view and is well suited for an elegant product launch. It can be a venue for cocktails or even sit down dinners for up to 100 guests.

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Find more information about Harbour 220 here.

Remember, these are just two gorgeous venues you can choose from. For other recommendations go to our list of stunning and functional venues here.

Choosing the right food and beverage

The dilemma with product launches is that cocktail and sit down dinner events both work. It all depends on what kind of atmosphere you are going for.



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A cocktail product launch encourages more socialisation and can feel more casual than a sit down dinner. After all, you need guests to move about and talk about your product right? You can come up with an impressive cocktail menu by asking your caterers for recommendation. Pairing drinks with delicious hors d'oeuvres will keep guests interested throughout the event.



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A sit down dinner product launch can feel more refined, and this means the event must have great food whether it’s platters or a three course meal. Your product demonstration or announcement might come in between meals, and there should be a signature drink you and your caterer have chosen for the event to compliment the meal.

Creating the right atmosphere

Create the right atmosphere with a theme. If your product launch is for a new tech gadget or software, use cool blue lighting and matching minimalist decor. If your product launch is for a new series of fashion items, play popular music and make sure the venue is bright enough to show off your product. Most importantly, accommodate your guests like royalty and they’ll never forget your product launch.

Check out our drinks menu for more ideas:

A Nautical Christmas Party to Remember

Date Posted: 18/02/2017 3:18:00 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Featured Event - Nautical Christmas Party

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Event Brief

To create a cutting-edge End of Year Celebration with the WOW factor.

Our job was to ensure the entire experience was a fresh, upbeat and memorable cocktail party for every one of the 3500 people on the guest list.

The event was also designed to be management’s opportunity to express gratitude for the dedication shown by the staff throughout the year.

The Australian National Maritime Museum was transformed into a multi-zoned entertainment hub, with a central stage and performances on HMAS Vampire and HMAS Onslow.

With something for everyone, guests were provided with opportunities to mingle amongst their friends and colleagues and celebrate the end of a busy year.

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For more information on The Australian National Maritime Museum, click here.

Food Trends: 2017 Weddings

Date Posted: 16/02/2017 3:56:00 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Wedding Food Trends in 2017, as Predicted by the Experts (us!)

Food is always a big part of any wedding, and this is what our brides want:

1. Seasonal Food

 Seasonal food, served family-style. As we all know, people are much more conscious about what they’re eating these days, so serving a good range of food (seasonal sides, salads, meats, crispy potatoes…) on big platters allow people to customise what ends up on their plate. It’s also a very social way to share and enjoy food.

2. Farm-to-table

Farm-to-table isn’t just the biggest trend in restaurants right now; it’s also the hottest thing in weddings. Nowadays, brides aren’t just asking for organic greens – they are asking for the exact farm that their greens came from. We are working with local farms to create the best menu and experience for the new-age bride.

3. Fancy Comfort Foods 

Who doesn’t love a delicious burger or some French fries? It doesn’t mean that you have to risk your wedding becoming more of a party than an elegant affair. Couples are loving comfort foods that are presented in innovative and elegant ways.

4. Bread and Butter

A selection of breads and flavored butters. We all love homemade butter and fresh-from-the-oven loaves of bread. This adds a special touch to any event.


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Perfect Warm Weather Venue: The Island

Date Posted: 6/02/2017 12:26:22 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

The Island:  Floating Beach Bar on Sydney Harbour

Sydney does not lack stunning beaches, but the exclusivity that defines some of its finest beach party destinations means bookings are expensive and hard to come by in our beautiful city.

So, the team of Julian Tobias and Adam Abrams saw an opportunity and built a beach-themed venue that offers that exclusivity and 5-star service without the hassle. The result is The Island. It is a 350 square metre floating bar that can be positioned nearly anywhere on Sydney Harbour. The floating bar is pushed into place by a tugboat for weekend beach clubs and other events.


The Island brings a dose of European beach club culture designed to suit Sydney’s diverse locale. The floating party venue operates every weekend during the summer season. The patrons are shuttled to and from The Island by private water taxis out of Double Bay Wharf. The private taxis can accommodate up to 50 persons for the duration of the event.

Weekend events can also be arranged for corporate events, product launches, seminars and others. It’s also perfect for group parties looking to have fun away from the busy clubs on the mainland.

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The venue also has a fully retractable roof and side covers to ensure complete coverage during wet weather. It also has the ability to be a very unique open air space. The Island has fantastic cocktail waitresses, a fully staffed bar and kitchen and some of Sydney’s best DJs have performed on The Island.

The Island has been in operation and providing unique, 5-star fun for 5 years now and they are willing to take on any event. The superb Island team has seen just about every type of party anyone can imagine, be it weddings, proposals or bachelor parties.

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Some specifications and features of the floating beach bar include:

  • 350 square metres of space
  • Fully licensed and serviced cocktail bar
  • Sea pool in the harbour
  • State of the art sound system & DJ equipment
  • Fully extendable roof for shelter from sun or rain
  • Side covers to protect from wind & cooler temperatures
  • The Island’s private water taxis at your service
  • Ability to position anywhere on Sydney Harbour

Check out some more information about this venue here

Click below to access The Island catering menu:

Gather your friends, grab your favourite cocktail and watch the sun set over Sydney Harbour.

Easy Corporate Lunches

Date Posted: 27/01/2017 12:54:14 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

On-the-go Lunch Boxes for Working Lunches and Active Lifestyles

Lunch boxes aren’t just for school kids, workers need them too! If you’ve been to any long conference days, packing a lunch and some snacks can help the day go a little bit faster. What’s even better is if the conference hosts have lunches prepared for attendees.


No one wants to attend a long, drawn out conference or training day. If you’re trying to organise one, you need to create an environment where attendees feel like they’re not wasting their time and getting useful information and participating in meaningful discussion. Don’t let your attendees go hungry and don’t let a boring lunch ruin everyone’s focus. Aim for delicious food that will match the creativity and quality of your conference.

Pre-prepared lunch boxes can be handed out to conference and training day attendees. It’s an organised and delicious way to give everyone a little break. They won’t have to worry about leaving the office to find food or make their own, and you won’t have to worry about people getting restless.



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Lunch boxes usually contain a healthy sandwich or roll, a piece of fruit, nuts and other snacks that are great for filling you up. Coffee and other drinks could also be served during lunch, or you could set up a self-serve station where attendees can make their own coffee and have a chat before getting back to business.

Here are a few ideas to take lunch boxes to the next level:

Go Chinese

The Australian palate is changing and Chinese food is becoming a very popular on-the-go lunch option. It’s easy and simple to prepare and is suited for mass consumption. You can have savoury rice, beef, vegetables, pork, chicken and noodles dishes. These will be guaranteed to be delicious and fill you up!

Mediterranean Lunch



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Mediterranean dishes are good for a single-portion, low maintenance and popular lunch. You can include grilled meats, tabbouleh, hummus, falafel, a Greek salad with eggplant and tzatziki, wraps and roasted nuts.

Skip the Chips

Some consider a bag of potato chips and other junk food a side dish. Skip the bag of chips if you want to keep your lunches healthy. Instead, include a good serving of pasta salad, fresh fruit, roasted potatoes and wedges or tasty cheese and crackers.

Spice up the Sandwiches



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Even plain roast beef sandwiches can be made into a hearty lunch with some caramelised onion jam, different lettuces and whole granary bread. You can also opt for a peri-peri chicken sandwich, a slow roasted pulled pork sandwich or a honey glazed champagne ham sandwich with cheddar cheese, tomato and lettuce. It’s simple but classy.

It’s all about “on the go” and “easy to eat” these days, so why not try this at your next conference, meeting or training day.

If you want to check out our delicious on-the-go lunches, click the on the banner below.

Choosing the Perfect Menu for Your Wedding

Date Posted: 2/12/2016 8:52:12 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Menu

Serving the right menu is one of the most essential aspects of making your wedding day flow smoothly. If you’re throwing a rustic backyard do, a plated dinner might be too formal. On the other hand, if your reception is in a grand ballroom, buffets or sit-down courses are definitely appropriate. Below are some tips to make sure you’ll have the perfect menu for your wedding day.

Establish a budget

The number of guests, the serving style, the appetisers and the cocktails; every decision will impact cost, thus you need to establish a budget early on and make sure you stick to it. This will help you keep on track of everything.

Plan and start early

A superb menu always starts with the caterer, but to get your first pick, you’ll have to book early. Some industry experts suggest booking catering and venues around 12 months before the event.  Keep in mind, some venues will require you to use their in-house caterer or they will have a short list of wedding professionals that they work with exclusively.

If you have the opportunity to choose your own caterer, look for a chef that is flexible and excited about trying new dishes and food ideas.



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Know your numbers

Know how many guests will be attending and ensure your maximum budget can handle this amount. This will help you determine your menu. If you want to have an impressive spread, consider limiting your guest list. If you want everybody to be there, just cut costs in creative ways that will still provide an enjoyable and delicious spread for everyone.

Understand dietary restrictions

Vegans, people with peanut allergies or guest who prefer a gluten-free diet should be considered. Talk with your chosen caterer about these challenges in advance to prevent any delays when plating entrees and main meals.



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Think of a style or theme

The couple’s personality should drive the theme of any wedding. Some weddings will have very traditional of formal themes, while others may be more casual. Your themes can be expressed through the attire of the wedding party, the décor, floral arrangements, the ceremony itself, the venue, the season and the type of food served at the reception.


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Go for local and seasonal

Great chefs and cooks plan their menus around whatever is fresh that month or season. Ask your caterer what ingredients will be in season on the day of your wedding and request to have your menu made around those ingredients. Find the freshest options by choosing locally grown produce. Also make sure your caterer is familiar with the foods they are preparing. There is no worse way to make your menu memorable than getting your guests sick from badly prepared food.

Cover all bases with your spread by having beef, poultry, seafood and vegetables. Make sure you have something slightly salty, sweet and something savoury to cater to all types of palettes.


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The caterer should also care for good presentation

Choose a caterer who cares as much about presentation as they do about good tasting food. First impressions will help make the day memorable. You can also add small touches of your own like a special signature cocktail, a special dessert or napkins in your wedding theme colours.

Do not skimp on the portions

Make sure that you have enough food for everyone. Even if you’re having a buffet, your caterer will still need an approximate head count.

These are some of the things that you need to remember when choosing your wedding menu.

Summer BBQ Planning

Date Posted: 28/11/2016 1:42:57 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

How To Cater A Great Summer BBQ Party

A summer barbecue is one of life’s simple pleasures. In addition to showcasing fresh and seasonal food, it allows everybody to enjoy the great outdoors while mingling with good friends and family. What could be better than having a great summer BBQ party?

Planning your BBQ party doesn’t have to be hard, especially if you have everything planned out. Follow our tips and you won’t have to rush for supplies at the last minute just to replenish your spread. For a BBQ, you need to prepare recipes that are delicious but simple to execute and cook as well as drinks that can be made in big, easy batches. After all, a BBQ party should be about enjoying delicious grilled food, enjoying great company and getting plenty of sunshine.

Below are our top tips to cater for a great summer BBQ party.

Prepare your grill

Preparing and cleaning your grill is the first thing that you’ll need to do. Do this a few days before the event. To clean the grill, let it heat up for 10 minutes (gas) or 20 minutes (charcoal). Once the grill is heated, use a brass wire brush to scrape any charred gunk off the grate. Give it a good scrape and make sure that no gunk is left. Coat the grill with canola or peanut oil and let it set. Now, your grill is ready.

Set the stage

Since it’s a summer BBQ, everything should be casual and relaxed. Let your guests know that they can wear t-shirts and shorts; there’s no need to impress anyone with an expensive ensemble. Set your table outside with colourful place mats, table cloths and informal dinnerware. The plates should be big enough to fit sandwiches, grilled meats, salads and other extras.

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Do not blow your budget on expensive meats

You don’t need to break the bank and serve fancy meats, steaks, chicken or fish. Instead of serving porterhouse, go for inexpensive skirt or flank steaks or flavourful chicken legs and thighs. For fish, go for darker, grill-friendly fish like bluefish or mackerel.

Let your guests know what’s on the menu

Use a blackboard to showcase what will be served during the party. This way, your guests will know what food to expect. But if you want to surprise them, ditch the blackboard and let your guest be surprised at the good spread you’re providing.

Drinks, drinks, drinks!

Fill your cooler with ice and stock it with plenty of drinks so that they are nice and cold by the time your guests arrive. Remember to frequently replenish the ice supply all throughout the event. Beer, soda, juices, summer cocktails and fruity wines should be available for your guest to enjoy. Summer favourites are lemonade, sangria, beer and iced tea. Freshly cut fruits and vegetable are good appetisers. Keep them in the fridge until your guests arrive.


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Make extra but not too much

When you plan out your portions, make sure to grill enough for leftovers. To reheat meat properly, sprinkle with water or BBQ sauce, wrap it in foil and cook over indirect heat for about 5 minutes. If you have some leftover roast pork, toss it into the slow cooker and add some BBQ sauce. BBQs are the perfect opportunity to cook some great meat that will last well after the party.


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Set the party mood with the right music

Prepare your summer playlist before the event. Having the right music will keep your party guests in a great mood all afternoon and evening. As long as the music makes everyone smile, it should do the job.

Keep it simple

There’s no need to overdo the decorations when hosting a BBQ. Just set up a few lights or candles and some blankets to supplement seating.

Check out our BBQ menu for some ideas to get you started. Click on the banner below to get access:

Corporate Breakfast Events

Date Posted: 7/11/2016 1:40:54 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

8 Top Tips for a Successful Business Breakfast Event

It’s no secret that Australians love a good breakfast. In fact, Australian breakfast food is world famous. From the vegemite obsession to Melbourne’s world’s best croissant, Aussies love for the first meal of the day runs deep.

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Breakfast events are good for conferences, meetings, seminars, workshops or any event that can fit within that pre-work time slot when you want people to be fresh and ready to learn or digest anything that will be presented in the event.

 Business events held over breakfast work well for 2 important reasons:

  • Attendees are more likely to RSVP as they will not feel like you are interrupting their routine or taking them away from their personal time.
  • Studies suggest that early mornings are when the majority of people are most productive and alert.

In fact, most business events work pretty well over breakfast and events that include motivational speakers, business coaching or leadership training work well over the breakfast time slot.

But making the most of this opportunity will take some effective planning. You have to consider that not everyone is a morning person so making the most of your guest’s time is your goal.

Below are some very helpful tips to make your business breakfast event successful.

Serve Great Coffee

This is essential as some people will not function without a great cup of coffee. Making sure there is great coffee available upon arrival and throughout the event is a must. Coffee service doesn’t need to be available as soon as they walk in the door; let guests settle in first and mingle. When it is time for coffee, make sure the service is quick and do not skimp on quality. Coffee drinkers tend to know their stuff, so weak and tasteless coffee will not be tolerated. Make sure you also have a steaming hot selection of teas available for those who aren’t coffee people.


Fancy a chai latte this morning? Come on and enjoy the view #coffeeaddict #coffee #catering #anmmuseum #anmm #sydney #greysydney

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A Balanced Breakfast is a Must

Your guests are more than likely to be hungry when they arrive so make sure to serve a balanced breakfast to kick-start their day. Food served on platters or a selection of grab-and-go items on arrival is a good idea to satisfy your hungry guests before the event starts. Pastries, muffins, yogurt pots, granola bars, fruit platters, muesli and a good selection of fresh fruit and smoothies are some of the great examples you can consider.

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Once your guests are seated and settled, a plated breakfast is usually recommended to be served on the table. The event can be started and the guest can be served discreetly without any interruption or hassle. A buffet breakfast would only be suitable if you have lots of time, otherwise it can take too long and can break people’s concentration during a speech or presentation.

Start the Day on a Positive Note

Your guest got out of bed early to attend your event, so make it worth their time. Your MCs and motivational speakers should be energetic, your presentations should be inspirational, trainings and workshops should be upbeat. People want to start their day on a positive note.

Provide an Easy and Relaxed Opportunity for Networking

Breakfast networking can done during the event or after, and it’s much more relaxed than networking at a big industry function with cocktails. Guests can mingle about the venue or office space with their coffee in hand, talking to colleagues, new faces or event guests.

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To facilitate networking, collect business cards from your guests and ask them if they want someone to meet. You can assign some staff members to arrange the introductions after the event. Your guests might meet someone they will do business with in the future.

Goodie Bags

No one will say no to a good goodie bag. Your guests are more likely go straight to the office after the breakfast event, so a nice gift or a giveaway will likely be brought to their desk and be a nice reminder of your event or brand.

Finish on Time

2 hours in the morning before work is more than enough time to have a successful business breakfast meeting or training event. Food shouldn’t be left out for too long, and you don’t want to distract guests from getting to work on time.

Use some of these tips when planning your business breakfast event and it will surely be a breakfast to remember.

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In-Store Company Events

Date Posted: 1/11/2016 3:22:44 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Easy & Fun Catering For Retailers

Creating a positive work environment, thanking key sponsors, and bringing together customers are all very good reasons to host a catered event in-store. Retailers can easily and effectively create a catered event that makes people feel appreciated and thankful to be in business with you. When choosing a catering company and planning the event, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure it is a true success.

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Establish a Goal for the Event

Prior to booking catering services or establishing a menu, determine what the event’s goals are first. You may wish to:

  • Thank customers, employees, partners, or management
  • Reward staff for key accomplishments
  • Inspire and motivate customers to embrace your brand
  • Launch a service or product
  • Improve company morale.

Once you have an idea of what your goals are, you can create a menu and catered event around it.


Every element of your event should convey your very specific message. For example, to boost employee morale after a long day, a menu of fun foods can inspire and show appreciation. If you wish to reward key players, creating a luxurious sit-down meal with fine dining may be more appropriate.

Creating an Effective Menu

A catering company will work closely with you to create a menu appropriate for your guests and goals.

Some key areas to consider include:

  • Set a budget first. Plan your menu around your budget.
  • Offer foods most people will appreciate. While you do not have to cater to everyone’s tastes, you should offer options that fit most people’s ways of eating (vegetarian, vegan) and allergen concerns.
  • Offer alcoholic beverages if appropriate. Additionally, ensure visitors have access to transport to find their way home without concern after alcoholic consumption.
  • Consider a VIP pre-event. This event can offer specific individuals more attention and recognise their efforts with a select menu.
  • Presentation matters. Creating an elaborate, well-organised event with beautifully decorated tables, carefully placed napkins and fine china can really impress those in attendance to a formal event.
  • Add a “wow” factor. This may include a signature drink, a special dish to honour your guests or a company logo added to decorations.
  • Offer something unexpected whenever possible. Work with your catering company, for example, to create a menu with fun foods your guests may not normally get or create an “energy station” with a table full of candy and childhood favourites.

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When selecting a catering company for such events, pay attention to their suggestions for your special evening or corporate luncheon. Whether you plan to host an in-store promotion or simply a team building exercise for your staff, you’ll want to ensure the catering company has the tools, resources, and the creativity to make this event truly unique and memorable for all who are in attendance.

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Fashion Event Planning

Date Posted: 28/10/2016 9:24:33 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Where Fashion Meets Food in Style

Planning a fashion event is a uniquely difficult task. Hosts must balance putting on an extravagant gala with decadent food and highlighting the fashion that is the reason d'etre of the event.

To aid in planning, below are the key steps in preparing for and hosting a successful fashion event.

Secure Your Venue

Before any further preparations can be made, the first step in planning any successful event is choosing the proper venue.


If you are a store owner, you may decide to adapt your existing space for the event; once you have narrowed down your guest list, depending on the size of your event, you may have to secure other accommodations.

The nature of your event must drive your venue selection. Are you hosting an event to promote a line of bathing suits and beach wear? The venue should feel relaxed and casual. On the other hand, an event featuring evening gowns or formal attire should utilise a venue equal in formality to the gowns being feature.

Hosting an event in-store  makes for a  holistic brand experience, where guests can fully  appreciate the styles you are showcasing and the effort that went into bringing the event together in a truly unique space.

Create Atmosphere Through Your Decor

Deciding on your fashion event's theme is the first step to building the proper atmosphere for your guests. Popular event planner Ron Wendt of Ron Wendt Design, which specialises in high-end fashion events, recommends choosing a point of inspiration, such as a featured line of jewelry, and using that as the basis for "telling the story" of your event.



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Wendt also emphasises the importance of figuring out what you want your guests to "walk away from [the] evening remembering" as well as focusing on your guest's "tactile experience" in order to create an unforgettable setting.

Picking a Caterer and Choosing Your Refreshments

Making the right choices about refreshments is critical in shaping your fashion event. To do so, you must choose both the right caterer and the right theme for the food.



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Famed event planner Kelly Cutrone of People's Revolution recalls an event for Agent Provocateur at which she served sweet treats with black frosting. The stains that the black frosting left on her guests' teeth clearly illustrate the importance of choosing the proper caterer who can foresee such issues. An experienced caterer will suggest a menu of light, easy-to-eat snacks and drinks rather than heavy, overextravagant and messy refreshments.

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Marketing and Promoting Your Event

Whether you choose to make your fashion event invitation-only or open it to any who wish to attend, the decisions you make in promoting your event are key to its success.

Done and Dusted president Ian Stewart, the event planner behind the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, recommends taking advantage of social media to provide "teasers" for your event, thereby engaging your attendees and "mak[ing] them integral to the event."

By keeping the above factors in mind, you can create a memorable fashion event that tickles your guests visually as your food pleases their taste buds.

Corporate Event Catering

Date Posted: 20/10/2016 11:52:53 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Corporate Events: Not Another Boring Work Lunch!

In this guest post, Kim Jones talks about working lunches and how catering can be used to help focus on outcomes.

Well, I remember very well when my boss would give me a project with a tight deadline. My thoughts would race… “How am I going to deliver a global program for employees with sensational outcomes?” Out would come my GANTT chart ready to capture time, tasks and people. “How do I engage everyone and bring them on the journey?”

With short deadlines and your team working on multiple projects, it’s really important to have your team giving priority to your project. One of the best ways to evoke a positive response is to invite your team to a working lunch. Why? Some reasons are that working lunches may:

  • Sometimes, lunchtime is the only time that is available when a large team’s availability is limited
  • It takes your team out of the normal style of meeting
  • Encourages people to be more open
  • Eating while you work makes the atmosphere more casual and open
  • Free meal! Saves your team buying their own lunches!
  • Helps to make use of every moment when time is of the essence

But beware that working lunches have been done to death and bad catering experiences can completely undermine the purpose of a working lunch.

So here are a few pointers.


Not boring sandwiches!

Sometimes the thought of another boring working lunch brings terror and annoyance to some team members because they may:

  • hate what’s offered for lunch – “how can I focus on work when I would never eat this type of food”
  • can’t eat a particular type of food be allergic/sensitive to what is offered
  • drop the food down their front and are incredibly embarrassed, or
  • realise that their food etiquette is under scrutiny by their boss and are incredibly embarrassed.

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As mentioned in a previous blog, life, if you didn’t realise, revolves around food! There is an art to weaving emotions into the preparation even a simple meal.

So for a working lunch, here’s the recipe:

  • Add to the bowl a mix of corporate hearts who want to deliver a project
  • Ask attendees in advance to select from a menu that accommodates any allergies
  • Add food that is interesting and healthy that hits the spot!

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Here are some tips to make your working lunch add to the success of your project outcomes:

Plan Ahead

Give yourself plenty of time to find the right service provider who can deliver the right catering to your working lunch.

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Time Management

Have the catering set up to the side before the meeting. Start your meeting with hot drinks. Research shows that people are more likely to pay attention and be comfortable after a hot drink.  Very little in life can’t be improved by putting the kettle on.

How about  a well-deserved office coffee outing to one of our favourite cafes at the Australian National Maritime Museum on the Harbour or the beautiful State Library NSW?


Don’t burn your lips! Sitting down with a hot drink with your working lunch, while talking a project through, slows the pace of discussion. It takes longer to drink hot drink. As you sip, it gives you time to listen to others or talk to the people you’re with about the program.

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Make your working lunch work!

So make your working lunch deliver your project outcomes by adding food that works. There’s a lot to do and partnering with the right service provider will make the lunch simple and successful.


More about the author

Kim Jones is a non executive director on private company, government and not-for-profit boards.

Kim is also a management consultant, with more than 30 years experience with roles including superannuation trustee, investor relations and communications specialist with ASX100 institutional fund managers and financial services companies. The earlier part of her career was spent as a marine scientist, high school teacher as well as promoting new technology at the University of New South Wales.

Kim holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from the University of Sydney, a Graduate Diploma of Education, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

The Conference Centre at the ANMM

Date Posted: 17/10/2016 2:48:28 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Australian National Maritime Museum presents a new waterfront conference and event space

One of Sydney's most popular venues, the Australian National Maritime Museum, recently underwent a refurbishment. The upgrade brings The Conference Centre, a versatile series of spaces with jaw-dropping harbour views and features that make this new venue perfect for corporate events.


The Conference Centre, opening in November this year, features a dedicated entrance, 13-metre-tall glazing and an  entertainment terrace looking over Pyrmont Bay toward Barangaroo.



The venue features the capacity for up to 120 guests for day conferences or up to 200 guests for cocktail events. The available spaces make this new venue perfect for conferences, day-long meetings, evening events and corporate off-site meetings. An audio-visual suite is also available for use. Laissez-faire's award-winning menus are presented in the specially-designed servery.


If that's not enough,  The Conference Centre is also home to the Wal Gentle Boardroom. This  solid timber boardroom is in keeping with the museum's maritime heritage mission. The Boardroom offers an elegant contrast to the rest of the venue spaces.


Museum director, Kevin Sumption, said,

“We are delighted to be able to offer a previously private wing as a venue for commercial hire and cater to increasing demand for event spaces in this vibrant and growing Darling Harbour location. The Conference Centre emphasises the uniqueness of our venues spaces. We are thrilled to be able to host business events combined with visits to our galleries or evening cocktails on the helipad of an ex-naval destroyer, the HMAS Vampire. It allows us to share Australia’s maritime history and heritage in a dynamic way.”


The Conference Centre is a new and exciting venue for event organisers to experience and for guests to enjoy.  If you'd like to know more about The Conference Centre at the Australian National Maritime Museum, contact us.

You might also be interested in our canape and conference menus.

Corporate Christmas Party Themes

Date Posted: 12/10/2016 3:46:20 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Theme Ideas for Your Next Corporate Christmas Party

As the last month of the year rolls around, it's time to celebrate your employees' accomplishments and reign in the new year. With a little research and creativity, you can plan a party that will be talked about for years to come. Here are some theme ideas that can turn your next corporate Christmas party into a blast rather than an obligation.

James Bond, 007

A 007 themed Christmas party is the ultimate mixture of cool and class and will guarantee a great time for all employees. Imagine a swish city venue, cocktails aplenty, black ties and glamorous dresses.

We catered an event just like this at the YOTS cafe at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Check out some photos below!

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Embrace Summer

We Aussies know how to turn the tables on a white Christmas, so let's embrace a summer-themed corporate extravaganza. Substitute the traditional Christmas tree with a palm tree, set up tables with umbrellas, make sure beach balls are aplenty, and bring your best pair of shades. Hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, corn on the cob, and potato salad will bring summer's warmth to your party. Don't forget to play Vacation by the Go-Go's and California Girls by the Beach Boys.



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White Christmas

Bring the joy and magic of a winter wonderland to your corporate party with white and winter-themed decorations. White chairs, tablecloths, ornaments, angels, snowflakes, and snowmen will liven spirits and set the holiday mood. Artificial white Christmas trees can mimic a snow-covered forest, and accents of silver can create the sparkle of snow glistening in the light. Have your guests wear white attire to complete the scene. Light-colored foods such as eggnog work best for this theme, though all types of cuisine are welcome. Just tread carefully around dark-colored sauces and drinks, which can stain white clothing.



Christmas Around the World

Celebrate the diversity of your employees with an internationally themed holiday blowout. Of course, food will be the star of this show. Have your employees bring their own traditional dish, or set up food stations featuring different cultural cuisines. For example, you might have a Japanese station with sushi and onigiri, an Italian station with lasagna and pasta, and a French station with crepes and pastries. With so many different cultures, you'll want a spacious venue to accommodate the decorations. Check with your employees first to make sure the decorations are tasteful and genuine. If you have the budget, you can also hire cultural performers to make your party a true hit.



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Nothing says fun like a circus! Invite the office to a night out at a spectacular venue to watch contortionists, fire-breathers and other circus performers while they sip on refreshments and enjoy canapes.

We catered  an event just like this at Fairground Follies .


Fairground Follies, located at the Antique Mechanical Music Museum, features a most exciting and unique collection of fairground and mechanical music and is available for functions and tours.

This venue and theme combo  would be a great talking point for your employees  for the entire year!


Christmas Karaoke

While the previous two themes focused on color and food, this one is all about music - as performed by your employees. Pass around a signup sheet and have your employees write down their song of choice. Rent a karaoke machine, and let the fun begin. If that's not enough, turn it into a competition with solo and group categories, a "remember the lyrics" segment, or even a musical video game segment. After all is sung and danced, make sure to have a DJ or live band to finish off the night in style. Decorations can include cutouts of famous music artists, musical notes, and famous lyrics printed on napkins or tablecloths. The menu can range from light appetisers to a buffet style station to traditional dishes. Musically-themed desserts add a nice touch.



Cocktails anyone? #events #laissez_faire_catering #catering #latenight #cocktails #drinkservice

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