Many businesses choose NCC to host their holiday parties. The ballrooms can handle thousands of people for a holiday party–and we have certainly had that many people attending a holiday event this year.
Sharon Meyers, director of catering, shared some of the themes of 2012 holiday parties.
“For food, small plates are a popular food trend,” she said. “Items such as boneless beef short ribs, mashed potatoes and green beans at one station. Also, different types of sliders from the traditional cheeseburger with a unique topping of chipotle tomato relish, crab cakes with remoulade, Jerk chicken with tropical salsa and Virginia Ham with honey mustard on a buttermilk biscuit.” Sounds delicious!
Sharon also said that when it comes to dessert, people usually stick to tradition. We serve buche de Noel (the French name for Yule Logs), Croquembouche and Crème brulee. Miniature desserts are also popular, so we make cheesecakes, chocolate mousse cups, key lime tartlet and French pastries.
As you’ll notice in the photos, a lot of special decorations go into making the ballrooms festive.
“For our parties, we brought in lighting companies to enhance the ambiance, ordered ice carvings and piped in holiday music,” Sharon said, noting that the lighting is key to set the moods. We choose digital lights that come in a rainbow of colors to create the ambiance in the room.
Sometimes, snowflakes or company logos are projected on the walls, or winter scenes play in the background on projection screens.
Additional decor comes in the form of traditional centerpieces, but Sharon said that most people like to keep it simple in that category. But they might like to have their company logo or a fun winter scene carved into an ice sculpture! I
Sharon noted that the festive decor wasn’t limited to ballrooms and private parties. “Many venues put up holiday décor in the public spaces. Some offer holiday décor for centerpieces and buffets,” she said. “We decorated our public space with holiday trees, poinsettias, wreaths, grapevine reindeer heads and a beautiful swag with lights and ornaments.”