Photo by Robin Marchant

Gather Round

A food event should be focused on the food, but that doesn't mean you have to have just banquet tables and chairs. Create an inviting space for your guest with plush sofas, velour chairs and high top stools, a warm brick and wood background and even a fireplace in the middle of it all.

Guests will want to gather around this space to eat, drink, and be merry!


Photo by Noam Galai

Instagram Worthy

We all know that person that needs to get the perfect Instagram shot of their food. Why not make it easier with a photo booth just for food.

This mini booth is perfectly lit for food shots, as the ones at a dinner table never seem to come out bright enough.

And with a unique background that includes details about your event, it's sure to be all over Instagram.


Photo by Noam Galai

Blindsided

For a food-based entertainment, blindfold your guests and give them a taste test. We've seen these hundreds of times on television comparing two brands. You can do something similar, or see if they can taste the various ingredients that went into a dish. 


Photo by Emily Dryden

Thirst Quenchers

For an event centered on food, the drink pairings are endless. Since it's just before Thanksgiving, we went with a Cranberry and Scotch Cocktail perfect for a holiday crowd. 


Ingredients

4 1/2 ounces (130ml) marmalade

9 ounces (270ml) unsweetened 100% cranberry juice, such as Knudsen Just Cranberry

12 ounces (360ml) oloroso sherry

6 ounces (180ml) Becherovka (see note)

6 ounces (180ml) blended Scotch

1 pinch kosher salt

3 dashes Angostura bitters

3 ounces (90ml) fresh juice from 3 lemons

6 ounces (180ml) fresh juice from 3 to 4 oranges

Thinly sliced lemon wheels and whole cranberries, for garnish


Directions


In a small saucepan, bring 4 1/2 ounces (130ml) water to a boil over medium-high heat, then add marmalade and whisk until fully incorporated. Remove from heat and let cool. (If you prefer a punch without any orange bits in it, use an immersion blender to blend until smooth.) Refrigerate in a sealed container up to 1 week.


At least 1 day before serving, make a large ice block by freezing water in a cake pan or Tupperware container that will fit in your punch bowl. Alternately, make several trays of large ice cubes. In addition, you'll want about 4 standard trays of ice cubes for serving.



In a 2 1/2- or 3-quart pitcher or other large container, stir together marmalade syrup, unsweetened cranberry juice, 8 ounces (240ml) water, sherry, Becherovka, and Scotch. The punch can be refrigerated, covered, up to 24 hours.



When ready to serve, stir punch well. Add salt, Angostura bitters, lemon juice, and orange juice and stir again. Pour into a large punch bowl and add ice block or large ice cubes. Garnish bowl with lemon wheels and cranberries. Ladle into ice-filled glasses to serve.