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December 02, 2016

Your guide to a stress-free holiday party

Holidays Event Planning

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The Tuscan Wine Cellar at Caffe Aldo Lamberti.

The annual holiday party is a tradition everyone looks forward to. Whether you’re hosting coworkers, employees, or just organizing a gathering for friends, it’s a chance to celebrate the year’s successes, mingle, and blow off a little steam in a relaxed environment. Too often, party organizers fall into a boring pattern that undercuts the joy of the season: gathering in the office or in the same home year after year.

Good food, good company, and most importantly, cocktails make a party — but perhaps it’s time for a change in scenery. This year, consider having your holiday event at an upscale restaurant and letting someone else do all of the work!

Let’s start with what makes or breaks any event — the menu. Your guests all have various dietary preferences, and you must ensure everyone has something delicious to eat that meets their needs. For example, some of your family members or coworkers may be vegetarian, and it’s always an awkward moment when they see the hoagie party tray has returned for yet another year.

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Caffe Aldo Lamberti’s Contemporary Italian Cuisine

If you’ve ever planned such an event, you most certainly know how frustrating it can be to try and please everyone. However, when you work with an established restaurant, you will often be assigned someone to help you manage the logistics of the event. They will work with you and the chefs to curate a menu that caters to all, and even provide additional insights to ensure your party is successful.

Alongside a great meal, raising a glass is sure to be on everyone’s mind. It’s the second make-or-break factor of an event, and your guests know you can do better than enlisting an intern or your significant other to play bartender all night. They deserve something more celebratory, and a professional bartender will have special libations that go beyond a poorly mixed drink and champagne. When every guest can order their favorite drink with their preferred spirit, it amplifies the feeling that the party is being thrown to celebrate them.

Next on the list is the party décor. Holiday decorations in the office are often thrown up at the last minute by a charitable coworker who wants to brighten spirits, and at home, family decorating traditions can appear quirky to visitors. So while that ugly sweater party will always be classic – perhaps you’re feeling a 1920’s speakeasy or a sense of red carpet glamour this year. After all, it’s nice to dress up once in a while, right? Hosting your party in a new location allows you to switch up the theme and have a little bit more fun with the celebration. Upscale restaurants will help you set up the decorations and will even enlist the professional services of florists to enhance the space. Nothing serves as a better backdrop for photos than a festive floral arrangement!

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Caffe Aldo Lamberti’s Granite Room

Perhaps the best part about hosting your event somewhere new? No cleanup! The holiday party aftermath is always an unpleasant sight, and someone always has to clean it, whether it’s you, your kids or your employees. Hosting your party at a restaurant venue solves this problem, so everyone can relax and simply worry about enjoying themselves.

Savvy businesses and gracious hosts see organizing their party at an upscale restaurant as a convenient, affordable way to show their guests how much they appreciate them. A dedicated event specialist ensures your event stays on budget and attends to each and every detail – from making sure the food is flawless to ensuring the bar is well-stocked and the room is decorated. All you’ll have to worry about is sending out the invitations!

If you’re seeking an ideal venue for your holiday party, Caffe Aldo Lamberti, located in Cherry Hill, NJ, is just the place. The restaurant serves contemporary Italian cuisines within a classic, romantic atmosphere. And with seven private party spaces, including three wine cellars, private events can be held for up to 250 guests.

“I often find that when I first meet with guests who are planning a private event, they are often overwhelmed with the number of details having to do with the party, such as menu choices, decorations, cocktails and staying within budget,” said Rosita Lamberti, Operations Manager, Caffe Aldo Lamberti. “We discuss their specific needs and work together to create a memorable event and custom menu. Our Event Specialists are able to provide suggestions and invaluable insights that come from years of experience. Our assistance helps take the stress out of planning, allowing the host to truly enjoy their event.”

With something for everyone, Caffe Aldo Lamberti is the perfect place to host a stellar celebration. Visit for more information or to make a reservation.