It’s that time of year where we start making our holiday plans and look forward to gatherings with friends and family. For some of us, like myself, visions of childhood Christmas’ color my vision of what the “holidays” should be. I long for smell of my grandmother’s dry turkey and burnt Parker House dinner rolls, sitting sandwiched in between great aunts and uncles listening to stories of relatives and wars long past and sneaking a sip of Cold Duck from Aunt Dot’s glass.
Alas those days are long gone, but surely not forgotten. And like many of us, separated from our family by distance, we have created our own “families” through friends and work-mates, forging new traditions and memories. Over the years I’ve learned in my zeal to try to recreate my family holiday dinners, what a huge amount of stress and work it was. Shopping, prepping, getting up at the crack of dawn to get the turkey in the oven, breaking out the family china, cleaning the house, decorating…OH MY, I’m tired just thinking about it. And of course, by the time you set the food on the table being so tired (and full) that you can barely enjoy the conversation, the friends the family you so fervently want to connect with and make happy.
Maybe you are one of those super women (or men) that can make it all look easy. I never have been. My closest friends can see it on my face. I try to make it look easy, but I just look stressed. I often marvel at my grandmother’s ability to get it all done! So what does my failure as a modern day Martha Stewart have to do with Flagler Tavern? Well just this, through a Lemony Snicket series of events the road of my life finds me coordinating events at Flagler Tavern. This is a dream job of sorts for me, being able to help our guests create life-long memories for their weddings, rehearsal dinner and holiday parties and more, with a crew of talented chefs, servers, bartenders and event staff that can do, as a team, what I could never do on my own. Now this for me, is something magical! I can’t tell you the immense satisfaction it brings to be able to take some of that, all to familiar stress, away from our guests on their important day so they can enjoy their friends and family and relax knowing we are taking good care of them. That to me is everything!
So this holiday season, if you are starting to feel the pressures of hosting the perfect holiday party or just want to for once, sit back and enjoy your friends and family and let someone else do all the work, we’ve got you! From ugly sweater parties to formal seated dinners; from causal to fancy we can help you create a warm and wonderful, truly unique holiday party for your family, friends or work-mates that is stress-free. Let us help you plan your holiday party this year. Trust me, you may never defrost a turkey again!
—Food for Thought—