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Catering for Corporate Holiday Events Made Simple

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It’s that time of year when many companies plan their corporate holiday events.  From Oktoberfest fun and Thanksgiving Dinners for lunch to holiday cocktail parties there are many different ways your company can celebrate this holiday season with employees, clients and colleagues.  Here are some of our corporate customer’s favorite ways to bring in the holidays.

The Holiday Season is Approaching – Quick, Call Your Caterer!

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If you’re not ready to face the fact that the holiday season is approaching, we totally understand!  The holiday season can be a hectic time of year for everyone. The minute our Halloween candy is gone and the ghosts and goblins are put away for the season it seems like Thanksgiving comes full steam ahead. There are many things that need to be done between now and New Years, but its important that you take some time and plan for a much needed break in between all of the shopping, working, cooking and preparations that need to happen to enjoy the holidays. We would like to make a few suggestions on how to carve out some "me" time this season.

First, instead of planning your Thanksgiving Day menu, shopping for all the ingredients and spending days preparing and cooking, give yourself a break this year and order your Thanksgiving Day meal. Our holiday menu features an array of homemade style main course selections like turkey and ham, as well as all the side dishes to compliment them. We can prepare whole turkeys and deliver them right to your doorstep Thanksgiving morning, or you can pick up your dinner at our catering facility with plenty of time to greet your guests fully relaxed and ready to enjoy your dinner.

Get into the holiday spirit and take a break at the same time!  Join Jacques Reception Center for brunch with Santa. That's right, the big guy is coming to town right in our Middletown reception center. Bring the kids for a morning of food, fun and Christmas spirit. There is nothing better than to see the joy on your child's face when they come face to face with Santa and seeing Santa in a more relaxed environment without the lines at the local mall will be much more enjoyable for both you and your child. Breakfast with Santa is Sunday, December 14th from 10 AM to 1 PM.

We would be remiss if we didn't suggest keeping your Christmas or Hanukah menu easy and carefree by considering ordering for these off our holiday menu. With many traditional and seasonal selections you can choose full family meals for up to 20+ people or sample off our ala Carte menu for a variety of holiday selections. With holiday shopping and other obligations, you may need some help with meal planning and preparation, so check out our new holiday menu here.

Finally, there is no better way to bring in the New Year than to join us for our New Years Eve Gala. Enjoy a lavish dinner followed by dancing and great entertainment, complete with party favors. With a five-hour premium open bar and midnight champagne toast and gourmet desserts you will find this elegant event the highlight of your holiday season.

There is no rule that says you need to be battered, exhausted and defeated by the time the holidays roll around. With some strategic planning and the desire to enjoy all that the season brings, you can make this the year to remember for you and your family with a little help from Jacques Exclusive Catering and Reception Center. For more information on any of our holiday menu selections, special events, onsite or offsite catering or wedding receptions click here

Plan Now for Your Fall 2015 Wedding

Wedding planning for Fall 2015

Fall can be a wonderful season to have a wedding. There are many options with regard to your venue and style of weddings.  If you are recently engaged and not sure which direction to head in for your wedding reception here are a few of our favorite wedding receptions that truly take advantage of all autumn has to offer! 

We're Not Just for Wedding Receptions!

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With fall and winter comes a multitude of events that many families celebrate, from holidays to birthdays and everything in between.  If your family is planning a special event consider a reception center as a potential venue.  There are many benefits to holding your event at a reception center, from providing a large enough room to hold all of your guests, to the ease of planning your event, as well as the services provided by wait staff and management.  We would like to share some types of events that we host regularly for families and the benefits of having those events at a reception center.

All Day Corporate Event Planning

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Many corporate functions and events are planned with a maximum amount of attention to detail, whether it is a holiday party, or an all day corporate meeting.  In many cases the person doing the planning has an idea of what they are looking for and the overall theme of the event, but how do you account for every minute of a full day meeting? What if you just have no idea how to proceed?  This can be a stressful situation for any human resources or corporate event planner. That's when it's time to turn to your caterer and venue for help.

There are probably very few types of all day corporate events that most quality caterers and reception center managers haven't handled at some point during their time in business. This means their level of expertise and experience can be instrumental in making your all day corporate event the best it can possibly be. So, if you are struggling with the details of what food to serve, how to set up the venue or any other additional details that are needed for your event, let the experts help!  Your catering company or reception center banquet manager is more than ready to help you with all the details and execution of your agenda. In many cases all they will need to know is who will the guests be, what the party is for and how many will attend your event? Once your caterer has this information their team of planners and chefs can determine the types of foods, room setup and timing for meals, breaks and snacks.  The suggestions that your caterer makes come with an intense knowledge and experience of corporate event planning and implementation, so you can trust that the end result will exceed your expectations.

Part of choosing a caterer or reception center venue is the level of trust you have that the one you choose will go over and above to make your event the best it can be. So why not take the next leap of faith and trust in them to provide you with the planning and menu creation so that your job is to focus on your meeting agenda without the stress of all the planning details. You will be pleasantly surprised at the level and attention to detail that your caterer will demonstrate.

Jacques Exclusive Caterers and Reception Center is ready, willing and able to provide top notch catering services for your next all day corporate event. Whether you are holding it at our reception center, your office, or an offsite facility, our staff is ready to help take your event to the next level. Contact us today for expert help with your next event.


Oktoberfest Begins September 14th!

Oktoberfest 2014

Oktoberfest is a celebration of beer that is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.  It usually takes place from late September through the first weekend of October and is one of the most famous events in Germany.  More than 6 million people from around the world attend the event every year.  It is an important part of Bavaria culture and has been celebrated since 1810.  Here is America, we are up for any and all celebrations and many communities and individuals celebrate Oktoberfest as a way to bring in the autumn and enjoy great food and drink.

Plan Now for Your Summer 2015 Wedding

Summer wedding planning

Summertime can be a wonderful season to have a wedding. There are many options with regard to your venue and style of weddings.  If you are recently engaged and not sure which direction to head in for your wedding reception here are a few of our favorite wedding receptions that work for the 2015 summer season.

Four Fresh Food Choices for Your Labor Day Barbecue

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With Labor Day fast approaching and summer full of hot dogs and hamburgers, it’s time to try something new for your barbecue.  While hot dogs and hamburgers are a summer staple and certainly during the rough weather winter months it’s easy to crave a delicious, juicy burger right off the grill, by this time of the summer you’ve probably had your fair share.   We would like to recommend some unique barbecue food suggestions that will surprise and delight your guests this Labor Day.

Must Have Entertaining Tips & Party Planning Checklist

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With the last few weeks of summer ahead of us, it’s time to start looking at your calendar for the fall and winter to start planning events.  With holidays, corporate events and meetings that will be coming up soon, we thought it would be a great idea to share some of our favorite tips and tricks to easy party planning.

To Do Right Now:

  • Pick your date and make an invitation list.  Keep in mind how much space you have and do not worry about over-inviting as not everyone will RSVP with a yes.
  • Create & send out your invitations.  This can be done via mail, e-Mail or even phone calls or a combination of any/all can work for your party.  If it’s too early to send the invites, a nice Save the Date card or email can ensure more of your guests will be free for your party or event. 
  • If themes are your thing, pick your theme and work your decorations around that theme.  
  • Plan your menu – make sure you have enough choices for all of your guests, keeping in mind anyone with special dietary needs.  Make your shopping list and organize any recipes you may be using to ensure you have everything you need to make your dishes.  Or contact your caterer to discuss the menu and place your order.
  • Line up any rentals or wait staff you may need to help during the party.  There are plenty of companies that can provide local rentals and wait staff.   
  • Check on available venues if you are planning for an off-site party.

Two Weeks Before Your Party:

  • Pull out all the dishes, china and linens that you will be using and clean or launder anything that needs to be freshened.  Or be sure to contact your caterer to make selections and finalize everything you will need them to bring or rent.
  • Do a first round shopping for things that you can prepare ahead of time and freeze.
  • Meet with your venue or space to finalize last minute details or set up information.

One Week Before:

  • Clean your house thoroughly and maintain it during the week, or have your cleaning crew do a thorough cleaning during this time.
  • Rearrange any furniture that may need to be moved or might be in the way of entertaining and traffic flow.
  • Purchase any additional serving pieces you may need that you don’t already have.
  • Stock your bar with several alcohol selections, keeping in mind the guest you have invited and what they may look for with regard to refreshments.

Three Days Before:

  • Some experts say to notify the neighbors to alert them to any noise or parking issues that may take place.  Use your judgment on this based on your relationship with your neighbors – hopefully they will be part of the celebration!
  • Decorate and arrange candles, centerpieces and anything else that is part of the décor that is needed to carry through your party or event theme.
  • Remove personal items from public areas, such as bathroom medicine cabinets.
  • Create a clean-up kit in case of spills and stash it somewhere out of the way, yet handy in case you need it.
  • Make sure you have a place to place your guest’s coats that is convenient and accessible, such as a hall closet or first floor room.
  • Finish your grocery shopping and check your recipes to make sure everything you will need is purchased.
  • Confirm with your caterer or staff if you have hired them, as well as your venue if you are having an off-site event.

The Day of the Party:

  • Set the tables and place chairs around for seating.
  • Finish cooking all of the food ahead of time if you can.
  • Get dressed and begin greeting your guests as they arrive!

Hosting a party or event can be challenging and exhausting, but being organized and planning ahead will help alleviate a lot of your stress.  If this is all too much for you, contact Jacques Catering for help in planning your next party or event.  From delicious catered food to table, chair and accessory rentals, onsite and offsite catering facilities, Jacques has everything you need for a memorable party!

Events at the Reception Center - We're More Than Weddings!

Jacques Reception Center Hazlet NJ

With a multitude of events that many families celebrate, from weddings to communions and everything in between a reception center can be the perfect place to have your next gathering.  If your family is planning a special event consider a reception center as a potential venue.  There are many benefits to holding your event at a reception center, from providing a large enough room to hold all of your guests, to the ease of planning your event.  We would like to share some types of events that we host regularly for families and the benefits of having those events at a reception center.

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