The Return of Corporate Holiday Parties Miami Employees Love:

Stylized Food, Signature Drinks & Ugly Sweaters Are Back

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After years of virtual get-togethers, companies big and small are ready for some lavish parties for their employees. There’s just something about a corporate holiday party Miami-style that is extra special, and as corporate catering specialists, we can’t wait to hear about your party.

So, why is it important to host a holiday party? There are a couple of reasons. It boosts morale and allows you to celebrate your team’s efforts—which, in turn, builds a positive and collaborative culture that breeds loyalty and dedication. Team members want to feel appreciated, and events like a company holiday party will do just that.

Signature Drinks to Sip

Spicy Strawberry Margarita

Fun cocktails and mocktails are a great way to get everyone in the holiday spirit! You can welcome them with these on a passed tray or a station at the entrance, or have a menu at the bar for them to order from. Here are a few of our favorite Signature Cocktail ideas:

Poinsettia Cocktail

There’s no holiday flower quite as ubiquitous as the poinsettia. So, naturally, making a cocktail inspired by the colors of this bold holiday bloom is a must! We mix sparkling wine, pomegranate juice, and a touch of orange liqueur, garnished with a sprig of fresh mint, creating a festive and refreshing drink that captures the essence of the holiday season.

Christmas Margarita

A festive twist on the classic cocktail, combining tequila, cranberry juice, lime juice, and a hint of cinnamon, garnished with a sugared cranberry and a sprig of rosemary, delivering a merry and tangy taste that brings joy to any celebration.

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail

A harmonious blend of smooth bourbon, tart cranberry juice, a touch of zesty orange, and a hint of aromatic spices, garnished with a sprig of rosemary, creating a warm and flavorful drink that embodies the spirit of the season.

Non-Alcoholic Christmas Punch

Mocktails are a must at any holiday party these days!

Our non-alcoholic Christmas punch is a delightful blend of pomegranate juice, ginger ale, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a splash of sparkling water infused with aromatic cloves and garnished with cranberries and citrus slices, offering a tangy and effervescent beverage that captures the festive essence of the season without alcohol.

Stylized Food to Serve

Photo by: Robert Hacman Photography

Deciding what kind of food to serve at a holiday party can be challenging. There are a few things to think about:

  • How many people are attending? If it’s a large event, buffets or stations are more manageable. The more intimate the event, the more special a plated meal feels!
  • What’s the goal of the event? If it’s mingling, go for passed hors d’oeuvres and stations or a buffet. If it is awards or giving, go for plated.
  • Are there a ton of dietary restrictions? Plated meals can cater to dietary restrictions, but if there are a lot, people may prefer to have a selection of options, in which case a buffet or stations are great options.

So, depending on the answers to those questions, here are some thoughts and dishes for holiday menu inspiration!


Appetizers are the best way to welcome your team and get them excited about the party! We love fun appetizer stations or passed hors d’oeuvres before a plated meal—or a combo to help meet the needs of your group. Check out these amazing appetizers for inspiration:

Pretty Plated Meals

Plated meals automatically give an upscale and celebratory feel when they’re composed artfully by our chefs. We love this option if you are incorporating some sort of awards dinner, annual giving, or annual meeting component to the holiday party.

Client favorites in past years are entrees like:

  • Pistachio Crusted Lamb
  • Roasted Branzino on a Bed of Lobster Risotto

Elegant & Engaging Buffets

There’s a total misconception that buffets are tacky. You can make them into incredible surf and turf stations like we did with this corporate holiday party. Think lobster tails with fresh melted butter, a ceviche station with all the fixings, tuna tartare wonton chips, a carving station, a savory shrimp and grits station, and more. Pass dessert (this event did mini chocolate covered churro cones) to make it even more interactive or put the desserts on fun displays throughout the room.

We think buffets are a great way to get team members engaging, interacting, and mingling at the stations. And you can elevate and get as creative as you want with this.

Corporate Holiday Party Entertainment Ideas

gone fishing game
Photo by: Robert Hacman Photography

Entertainment acts as a catalyst for memorable experiences. You want your employees to walk away from this event feeling appreciated, excited, and filled with happy memories of their time together. It’s these “fun” experiences that can help spark bonds between teammates that actually help inspire their work together!

Here are a few ideas to consider:

Live Music & Dancing

Everyone loves a band! But take it up a notch and add some dancing, too.

Think dancing with instruction, though, so everyone feels like they’re on an equal playing field. Line dancing or a salsa class can be fun options!

Games & Friendly Competitions

This is where the ugly sweaters come out to play…. Everyone loves a little friendly competition. You can do this in so many ways, but here are a few we love:

  • “Gambling”: A fun token gambling table, slot machines that give fun company-related prizes, card tables, etc.
  • Ugly Sweater Competition: Give prizes for best in certain categories like most outrageous, most creative, best DIY, best group sweater, etc.
  • Department Non-Traditional Tree Competition: What can each team build that’s NOT a traditional Christmas tree? Give a list of items they’ll be judged on and bring in a unbiased third party to judge.
  • Games: Pinball machines, throwback video game console stations, etc.

Holiday Giving & Giveaways

The holiday season is synonymous with giving. So, give back to your local community, to causes that impact or are impacted by your business, and give back to your team for doing such an incredible job.

This could come to light in the way of welcoming charity partners to your party to receive checks, raffles for employees with high-ticket gift items, donations made on behalf of each employee to a charity of their choice—or all of the above!

Need Help Planning a Corporate Holiday Party Miami Employees Will Adore?

Live Band
Photo by: Robert Hacman Photography

One thing that holds many companies back from hosting holiday parties for their team is support. Everyone has their day-to-day roles, and it’s hard to balance planning events on top of that. So, pull in a professional third party like AJW to plan a corporate holiday party Miami team members will talk about until next year’s party!

Let’s chat about your vision and get to planning. The end of the year will be here before you know it!

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