Last Minute Party Planning for the Holidays

2013 Nov

Last Minute Party Planning for the Holidays

by Louis Gervais / In Recipes, Tips & Advice

Planning a holiday party for your friends, family, or colleagues can be hair splitting, even at the best of times. There’s picking a date, creating a guest list and sending out all of the invites, putting together a song list, cleaning the kitchen, bathroom, entertaining room and more. Then there is decorating, picking an outfit, getting you nails, hair, and makeup done. So who has the time to grocery shop, prep, cook and serve too? Well, Louis Gervais Fine Foods and Catering does.

If you’re looking to shake some of the stress of last minute party planning, look to the experts for advice, inspiration, and service.


You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to turn your home into the perfect Christmas entertaining space. Using items from your home and back yard, you can quickly create a festive ambience.

  • Gather tree branches (specifically coniferous trees such as Pine, Spruce, Firs) and pine cones to use as centre pieces; they provide both a festive display and a lovely scent. Pair with some white or glass bowls and lots of candles, and you’re done! Check out some examples here from our Holidays Pinterest Board.
  • Want to add a fun activity with out blowing the bank? Photobooths are all the rage today, so make your own using Christmas wrapping paper as your back drop!
  • Instantly create an ambience using free online music streaming, such as Select the exact mix of music you want and leave it alone. Whether you want classic Christmas tunes or some swanky jazz instrumentals, 8tracks will cycle through different playlists all tailored to the keywords you’ve chosen. We love this Season of Snow and Merry playlist!


A holiday party just isn’t complete with out a signature cocktail, so here is a tasty and tart recipe for you to try this year.

The French 75
1.5 oz of Gin
1 oz of fresh lemon juice
½ oz of simple syrup
Champagne or Sparkling Wine

Mix Gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup together in a Champagne flute or saucer, top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist. Substitute grapefruit for lemon and call it a Gervais 75!


A quick call to the Louis Gervais team of experts will have your party plans in order before you know it. We can recommend some delicious canapés that are great as either a take-away or delivery option. All you have to do is place out the beautifully displayed platters for your guests to enjoy. Choose from staples such as our abundant Cheese and Charcuterie platters, to delectable morsels of bite size canapés and sweets.

Savoury Canapés

Freshly Baked Mini Yam Scones
filled with cranberry, taragon, & chicken salad
Festive Margarita Skewers
cherry tomatoes & bocconcini cheese sprinkled with basil chiffonade with balsamic reduction

Smoked Salmon Rosettes
with dill cream cheese & capers on a chilled cucumber coin

Nugget Potato Bites
steamed nugget potatoes filled with a crisp bacon & fresh herb aioli

Pear Gorgonzola Prosciutto Bundles
gently seared Bosc pear spears wrapped with prosciutto and topped with gorgonzola blue cheese


Scotch Toffee Bark
smooth caramel brittle with sea salt, dark chocolate, and crushed peanuts
Mini Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
dusted with icing sugar

Call our Sales & Events Specialists at 604-904-7720 to inquire about your Christmas or New years party today!

Or fill out our contact form for your FREE quote.

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Louis Gervais

Louis Gervais is the award winning Executive Chef of Louis Gervais Fine Foods. His dynamic personality, passion for fine cuisine, and high standards are evident in every aspect of his business. Find Louis Gervais on Google.

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