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Planners Plan Parties
CPS Events at The Plaza
by Sasha Lal

This holiday season CPS Events reached out to the experts in the event planning world and asked what are they doing for the holidays. After planning and executing hundreds of events throughout the year, we thought it would be fun to find out how these experts plan their own their own holiday season gatherings.

Anita Hall, Executive Vice President of Buckley Hall Events

“I am hosting Christmas dinner with my parents and my sister and her family from Chicago.  Here is our menu so far….

Hors d’oeuvres: Shrimp Cocktail, Swedish Meatballs, Cheese and Crackers

Cocktails: Our favorite being the Porthole (Cranberry, Vodka, Rosemary simple Syrup with a spring of rosemary and whole cranberries)

Main Course: Mustard seed crusted Rib Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Harassa Maple Roasted Carrots, Broccoli Casserole, Brandied Candied Cranberries, Homemade crescent rolls

And for Dessert: Apple and Pumpkin Pies, Buche du Noel, Cranberry Cake, Christmas Cookies & Kourabiedes

Bronson Van Wyck, VAN WYCK & VAN WYCK

“I'm leaving Kansas and heading to the Land of Oz . . .  A New Orleans client is giving a Wizard of Oz party. So I'm spending December building a city out of emeralds, training monkeys how to fly, and looking for my brain. The party's on the 23rd, and my whole family's working on it, so we’re just going to stay in New Orleans for Christmas.“

David Stark, President of David Stark Design and Production

“I'm going to be in Miami taking a sun break!” 

Harriette Katz, Gourmet Advisory Services

“I am doing intimate events at home for the holidays. My gorgeous tree is already up and my little parties will be mostly cocktails and a few small dinners.  I am not going to worry about anyone's diet. The food will be scrumptious and somewhat rich.” 

Jennifer Zabinski, President of Jennifer Zabinski Events

“We do a small company gathering and a secret Santa amongst the team. For me personally I have a tree trimming party with close friends and pot luck. Always festive cocktails and a holiday sweets!!” 

 Linda Buckley, President of Buckley Hall Events

“So my family rents a ramshackle old beach house right on the ocean in Vero Beach and hangs out with extended family for two weeks.  Which I do every year and which is awesome.  We do a Christmas dinner and usually the menu varies – ham on Christmas eve and a big turkey on Christmas day – but also some sort of salmon for our non-meat eaters.  And dark & stormies at cocktail hour.”

Marcy Blum, Marcy Blum Associates

“I alternate - some years I do an all out cook till I drop New Years Day open house and the next year, I just lie like a lump”

Tracy Taylor Ward, President of Tracy Taylor Ward Design

"The holidays are one of our favorite times of year because of the traditions we have created with our immediate families. From an annual Christmas Eve dinner party, to a more intimate Christmas night dinner, we strive to focus on beautiful and healthful recipes that everyone will enjoy!" 

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