Ready or not, it’s that time of year again. Holiday party season is just around the corner, and to make your soiree memorable and magical and to minimize the stress, chances are you’re already on the hunt for a catering company that will help you wow your guests with exceptional food and festive drinks.
That’s where Table 3 comes in: the beloved restaurant and wine market is also a premier full-service caterer, bringing its signature bistro/brasserie dining experience right to your home, office or event space. The reputable Green Hills favorite only serves the highest quality food with the freshest ingredients and never stops striving for innovative and stylistic presentations. Moreover, they offer plentiful crowd-pleasing options and are happy to accommodate special requests or even create a custom menu catered around your budget goals.
“We understand people want a variety of choices and event styles, and we really listen,” says Wendy Burch, co-owner of Table 3, along with Elise Loehr. “Whether you want sterling silver or wood platters, from caviar to cassoulet, we always want to accommodate the client’s vision.”
Table 3 offers multiple levels of catering — from easy party platters for pick-up to in-home dinners to large seated events of up to 500 guests. And no matter what the style or type of event, the professionals at Table 3 work with the hosts to create a vision that complements it.
“We love to work with guests on specific themes or style,” Wendy adds. “We catered a party for a couple whose home was turning 100! It was such a festive celebration, so we served specialty cocktails in vintage stemware, which we sell in The Wine Market, our sister company, and we curated menu items and signage that was representative of the early 20th century.” Wendy and her team have also successfully created unique menu items for other high-profile events, such as a fashion designer event at Jimmy Choo and Gus Mayer’s Symphony Fashion Show.
And what’s a festive holiday party without the booze? Table 3 doesn’t skimp when it comes to distinctive drinks that will kick your party off right — and keep it going all night long. “We love to come up with signature cocktails for events. For engagement parties, for example, we create signature cocktails for the bride and groom, and pair them with the perfect passed hors d’oeuvres,” Wendy shares. Through The Wine Market, party planners can simply and easily attain their entire list of bar needs for their holiday party. The shop also offers a fun complimentary tasting party at the restaurant, so hosts can pick out the perfect wine, beer and spirits for their event — and have fun doing it!
When it comes to maximizing your experience with your caterer, Wendy and her team have a few suggestions to make the whole process run smoothly and productively. First, when trying to thoroughly communicate with your caterer on the type of event, goal and guest list, you should enlist the help of photos to communicate what you want. “If you have a specific look, food items and party styling in mind, make sure to show pictures of it, if at all possible — no two minds imagine alike!” Wendy explains. Also, she suggests working closely with the caterer to anticipate guests’ needs, such as dietary restrictions, allergies and other food preferences. Lastly, Wendy emphasizes discussing the timeline and trying to stick to it. “Food only holds so long, and we want it to be ready when you are ready. For example, let the caterer know if you are doing toasts or if you need to cut or present a cake/dessert at a certain time.”
To fully prepare you for your holiday bash, we asked Wendy to share with readers her top tips for planning a fun, memorable event. At the top of that list? “Rest, relax, take time to enjoy your guests and, most importantly, have fun!” she notes. “Your party should be fun; in fact, you should actually have more fun than anyone else!” Other pro tips include:
- The perfect music or playlist is key. Test your system and music in advance. Unless the music is the reason for your event (it is Nashville, after all), you don’t want it to be too noticeable or loud. Also, having no music is very noticeable, and not in a good way.
- Have drinks passed, or offer a specialty drink at the entrance to the event; it’s a great way to make guests feel welcome. The welcome drink can be as simple as champagne, or it can be a unique signature cocktail. If you are not serving alcohol, consider serving a mocktail or a hot drink with an eye-catching garnish.
- Remember to drink plenty of water before and during your party. (And it may be tempting, but don’t have a big drink out of stress; you have a long, fun night ahead of you!)
- Do as much ahead of the event as possible: set your table, polish the glasses and stock your bar all in the days leading up to the event.
- Lastly, don’t sweat the small stuff! If it’s taking too much time and energy, just let it go.
To learn more about Table 3, their catering services and more, visit table3nashville.com.
This article is sponsored by Table 3. All photography provided by Table 3.