Raise a Toast to the New Year with these Top 10 Latin Eats & Drinks

Raise a Toast to the New Year with these Top 10 Latin Eats & Drinks

Thanksgiving day came and went, and Christmas and New Year’s are right around the corner. This is the time of year when everyone starts brainstorming Christmas party ideas and Christmas gift ideas and dreaming of their favorite recipes for Thanksgiving. But while the holidays are a wonderful time for enjoying long-held traditions and favorite foods, it’s also the perfect opportunity to try new things.

Here at KPacho, we love Latin cuisine and all the fun culinary traditions Latin culture has to offer around the holidays. That’s why today, we’re sharing ten of our favorite Latin foods and drinks to help you add a fun twist to this year’s ideas for Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or any kind of family celebration.

1. Pisco Sour

The pisco sour is a classic South American cocktail originating from Peru and Chile. This iconic drink seamlessly blends the robust character of pisco (a grape brandy) with the zestiness of fresh lime juice, the sweetness of simple syrup, and the velvety texture of egg white. Accentuated with a few dashes of bitters, the pisco sour has become a symbol of sophistication in Latin American mixology. Its frothy texture and tantalizing combination of flavors make it a staple at festive events of many kinds.

2. Tamales

Tamales are a dish that’s deeply rooted in Mesoamerican culture. These delicious treats are made from masa (corn dough) and filled with various ingredients such as meats, cheeses, or chilies, then wrapped in corn husks and steamed. Tamales carry a great deal of Latin cultural significance and can often be found on the menu at parties and community gatherings. Add them to your Thanksgiving dinner, or bring them out as one of your Christmas party appetizers and watch them become an instant favorite!

3. Cuban Rum Punch

Embodying the laid-back charm of the Caribbean, Cuban rum punch is a delightful fusion of Cuban rum with pineapple and orange juice, finished with a touch of grenadine and a hint of lime. This fruity concoction transports you to sun-soaked beaches with every sip. Whether enjoyed under the sun or at this year’s New Year’s Eve party, Cuban rum punch channels the joyous and carefree ambiance of the region.

4. Empanadas

Empanadas are a culinary treasure that originated in Spain and were later adapted into diverse regional variations. These hand-held pastries consist of a delicate, flaky crust that envelops a whole host of fillings. From savory meats and cheeses to many different kinds of vegetables, empanadas showcase the culinary creativity inherent in Latin American cooking. Bake or fry them to golden perfection for a perfect appetizer at any New Year’s Eve dinner or Christmas office party. They also make one of the best Thanksgiving sides.

5. Coquito

The coquito is a beloved Puerto Rican tradition. It’s more than just a drink — it’s a creamy, coconut-infused experience. This luscious coconut eggnog embodies the holiday season with a combination of coconut milk, condensed milk, evaporated milk, and a generous pour of rum. A hint of cinnamon adds a warm, festive touch to the mix, making each sip a celebration of Puerto Rican culture. Whether you’re sharing with everyone at a large New Year’s gathering or sipping around the fire with friends on a cozy evening, the coquito invokes holiday cheer like few other drinks can.

6. Cuban Paninis

Inspired by the classic Cuban sandwich, Cuban Paninis are an ode to the fusion of Latin and Caribbean culinary influences. Layer thinly sliced ham, succulent roasted pork, Swiss cheese, zesty pickles, and a touch of mustard (or sometimes salami), and carefully press between slices of Cuban bread. Grill them until they’re nice and crispy, and dig into a symphony of flavors and textures, from crispy exterior to melty, savory interior.

7. Piña Colada

Who doesn’t love a good piña colada? Born on the shores of Puerto Rico, this classic cocktail tastes like a liquid vacation in a glass. It combines the rich creaminess of coconut cream with the sweet tang of pineapple juice — all balanced around the spirited kick of white rum. Blend to a smooth consistency with ice and serve to your New Year’s Eve guests to send them on a tropical sensory journey.

8. Plantain Chips with Guacamole

Plantain chips are the perfect snack to have on hand for holiday parties (or all kinds of events year-round). Slice plantains thinly and fry them until crispy for a delightfully crunchy snack. Add homemade guacamole made with ripe avocados, lime, and a dash or fresh cilantro to turn your plantain chips into an elegant appetizer fit for any fun-filled event. If you want, you can bulk up your guacamole even more with an assortment of diced vegetables like onions, tomatoes, peppers, or whatever you like best.

9. Paloma

The Paloma is a cherished Mexican cocktail that delights the taste buds with its perfect balance of flavors. Tequila takes center stage in this drink, paired with the effervescent grapefruit soda, a splash of lime juice, and just a touch of salt. This lightly carbonated concoction not only refreshes the palate but also perfectly complements the bold and spicy notes found in many types of Latin cuisine. Serve it at any party or gathering this holiday season and delight your guests with a refreshing Mexican classic.

10. Stuffed Jalapenos

Stuffed Jalapeños are bite-sized explosions of culinary creativity with a fiery kick. They’re typically filled with a blend of cream cheese and shredded cheese and are sometimes complemented by savory meats or vegetables. You’ll find them at many kinds of social gatherings and game day spreads, but they also make an ideal snack or appetizer for a holiday party.

Get a Taste of Latin Cuisine at KPacho

Looking for more fun New Year’s Eve dinner ideas or “New Year’s Eve dinner near me?” Add KPacho to your list of restaurants to try this holiday season for a memorable and fun-filled occasion every time. Need catering or New Year’s dinner ideas? Stop by KPacho for all your catering needs, get some takeout, or grab a seat and dine in with us. We hope to see you soon!

10 Festive Holiday Drinks with a Latin Twist

10 Festive Holiday Drinks with a Latin Twist

In the sea of brainstorming Christmas gift ideas and searching for New Year’s Eve dinner recipes, one thing is often overlooked: the delicious drinks accompanying your holiday party.

If you’re looking for the best drinks for your upcoming holiday parties, we’ve got you covered with this list – so you can stick with searching for fun Christmas party outfit ideas while sipping on a delicious beverage!

1. Coquito

What’s a better drink to accompany your Christmas party appetizers than a delicious eggnog? Coquito is a delicious Puerto Rican eggnog drink and one of our favorite ideas for Christmas beverages. To make our favorite recipe, which serves 7-10 people, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 7 ounces of 100% canned coconut milk
  • 6 ounces of white rum
  • 6 ounces of evaporated milk
  • 2.5 ounces of sweetened condensed milk, more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon of nutmeg

To make the drink:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into your blender bowl.
  2. Blend for 2-3 minutes until it’s mixed and frothy.
  3. Pour the beverage into a bottle and refrigerate until chilled.
  4. Shake again before serving and serve in chilled shot glasses sprinkled with cinnamon.
  5. For larger glasses, serve over ice – and enjoy one of our favorite Christmas party ideas!

2. Mexican Ponche

This Mexican Christmas punch is another of our favorite ideas for Christmas and will certainly take your Christmas office party or family celebration to the next level. To make 16 servings of this drink, gather the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup of dried hibiscus flowers
  • 24 cups of water divided
  • 20 cloves
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 cups of drained Tejocotes from 1 32-ounce jar of GOYA® Tejocote
  • 1 package of frozen GOYA® Guava
  • 6 sticks of frozen GOYA® whole sugar cane
  • 2 cones of GOYA® brown sugar cane
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1 medium pear, chopped
  • 1 cup of pitted prunes, chopped
  • 1 cup of walnut halves
  • ½ cup of raisins
  • 4 GOYA® cinnamon sticks
  • Optional: rum, brandy, or tequila to taste

To make the drink, complete the following steps:

  1. Boil the hibiscus flowers and 4 cups of water in a pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Remove from the stove and steep for 20 minutes.
  3. While steeping, press the sharp side of 10 cloves into one orange. Repeat with the remaining cloves and oranges.
  4. Strain the hibiscus mixture into a large pot and discard the solids. Add 20 cups of water, orange pieces, tejocotes, guava, sugar cane sticks, brown sugar cane, apple, pear, pitted prunes, walnut halves, raisins, and cinnamon sticks.
  5. Boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
  6. Lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour.
  7. Serve the drink warm or chilled, and add liquor if desired.

3. Cranberry Mojito

This recipe is one of our favorite drinks for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, but it can also be served for your Christmas or New Year’s Eve party! To make 4 servings of our favorite cranberry mojito, collect the following ingredients:

  • 15-16 mint leaves
  • 4 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • ¼ cup of lime juice
  • 1 cup of cranberry juice
  • 6 ounces of white rum
  • 1 cup of seltzer water
  • Ice
  • Lime slices, cranberries, and mint to garnish

With all your ingredients, make the drink as follows:

  1. Break the mint leaves up in a jar using the back of a wooden spoon or a pestle.
  2. Add the brown sugar, lime juice, rum, cranberry juice, and seltzer water. Stir.
  3. Serve over ice and garnish with desired ingredients.

4. Canelazo

Canelazo is a delicious cinnamon hot drink that we love serving on Thanksgiving Day, but its warmth also makes it one of our favorite Christmas or New Year’s dinner ideas! To make 4 servings of canelazo, gather the following ingredients:

  • 3 cups of water
  • ⅔ cup of light brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup of dark brown sugar
  • 1 juiced lime
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of whole cloves
  • 4-6 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ cup of orange juice
  • 4 ounces of aguardiente, or rum

Make the drink as follows:

  1. Add the water, sugars, lime juice, salt, cloves, and cinnamon to a pot and boil.
  2. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Take away from the heat and add in orange juice.
  4. Add the rum.
  5. Reheat the drink without bringing it to a boil. Strain and serve.

5. Cola de Mono

This drink is yet another one of our favorite recipes for Thanksgiving, but it can be served at any of your holiday parties! Collect the following ingredients to make 12-14 servings:

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • ½ ounce of Mexican cinnamon sticks, about 4
  • 2 cloves
  • 4 cups or 1 quart of whole milk
  • 1 ½ cups of freshly brewed coffee, cold
  • 1 ½ cups of Chilean pisco
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

To make cola de mono for your Thanksgiving or New Year’s Eve dinner, take the following steps:

  1. Bring the sugar, water, cinnamon, and cloves to a boil in a small saucepan. Simmer for 5 minutes and place aside to cool.
  2. Transfer to a large pitcher and add the coffee, milk, pisco, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate the drink until cool.
  4. Serve in small tumbler glasses.

6. Pumpkin Caipirinha

One of the best Thanksgiving party ideas is serving this classic pumpkin drink! To make this along with your best Thanksgiving sides, collect the following items:

  • ½ lime cut into 4 pieces
  • ½ ounce of agave nectar
  • ¼ teaspoon of freshly grated ginger, optional
  • ½ cup of crushed ice
  • 1 ½ ounces of white rum or cachaça
  • 1 ½ ounces of pumpkin puree
  • ½ ounce of ginger liqueur
  • Nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon, lime, mint, or pumpkin to garnish

To make this drink:

  1. Add the lime, agave, and fresh ginger to a cocktail shaker and muddle.
  2. Add the ice, rum, puree, and ginger liqueur and shake well.
  3. Garnish as desired.

7. Cinnamon Apple Cider Sangria

No matter what events you’re celebrating, there’s no going wrong with a sangria recipe. To make six servings of this recipe, gather the following ingredients:

  • 1 750 ml bottle of wine (Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Grigio work best)
  • 2 cups of apple cider
  • ½ cup of orange juice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 apples
  • 1 orange
  • ½ cup of brandy

To make the sangria, complete the following steps:

  1. Chop the apples and slice the orange. Add both to a pitcher.
  2. Add the cinnamon sticks, brandy, wine, orange juice, and apple cider. Stir.
  3. Rest in the fridge for at least 3 hours. Pour into glasses and serve.

8. Sorrel

Who says all of your holiday drinks need to be alcoholic? For non-alcoholic recipes, sorrel is one of our best New Year’s Eve dinner ideas. Gather the following ingredients to make 12 servings:

  • 1 pound of sorrel
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1-inch piece of ginger
  • 1 ⅓ cup of brown sugar

To make the drink:

  1. Mix the seedless sorrel, ginger, and 8 cups of water over medium heat. Boil and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Cool the mixture for 10 minutes, then strain into a large bowl.
  3. Add water to lighten the mixture. Start with one cup, then taste and adjust.
  4. Sweeten to taste using the sugar, 1-2 cups.
  5. Refrigerate until cold and serve.

9. Atole de Elote

Another non-alcoholic recipe for family celebrations is this delicious Atole de Elote. Collect the following ingredients to make 6 cups:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 fresh corn
  • ⅔ cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons of water for the cornstarch
  • 4 cups of milk
  • Ground cinnamon for topping

To make the drink:

  1. Boil 1 cup of water and cinnamon stick for 5 minutes.
  2. Shave the sides of the corn and remove the kernels, reserving ½ cup of kernels.
  3. Add the kernels to a blender with 1 cup of water and blend until smooth.
  4. Strain the mixture into the pot with cinnamon.
  5. Add the sugar and ½ cup of kernels.
  6. Dissolve cornstarch in 2 tablespoons of water.
  7. Add the milk and cornstarch mix to the pot and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  8. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into cups, dust with cinnamon, and serve.

10. Rompope

Another eggnog recipe to pair with your favorite holiday food is delicious rompope. To make this drink, gather the following ingredients:

  • 6 cups of milk
  • 1 ¼ cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 clove
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • ⅓ cup of slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 8 large egg yolks, whisked
  • ½-1 cup of dark rum for serving

To make the drink:

  1. Combine the milk, sugar, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg in a pot over medium heat and whisk together. Bring to a simmer, whisking every minute. Remove from heat.
  2. Add 2 cups of sweetened milk to a small bowl with the slivered almonds. Set aside and sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the cinnamon stick and clove from the first mixture.
  4. Place the soaked almonds into a blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Place the almond milk and vanilla extract in the pot and whisk to combine.
  6. Slowly add the egg yolks, whisking until incorporated.
  7. Place over medium-low heat for 12-15 minutes, whisking every minute until the mixture is thickened and coats the back of a spoon.
  8. Add ½-1 cup of rum and whisk to combine. Serve in mugs and top with cinnamon.

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10 Sweet and Savory Holiday Recipes You’ll Love

10 Sweet and Savory Holiday Recipes You’ll Love

The holiday season is synonymous with joy, cheer, and the spirit of sharing, beckoning families, event planners, and companies to create memorable gatherings. As couples, groups, and family events take center stage, the allure of the festivities is often encapsulated in the banquet that celebrates togetherness. A diverse spread of delectable dishes satiates taste buds. It mirrors every guest’s preferences and tastes, making the feast a conversation starter.

Whether it’s the savory goodness of a roast turkey or the sweet delicacy of a pumpkin pie, the essence of the holiday spirit is often found nestled in the heart of a hearty meal. As you plan your next holiday gathering, we’ve curated a list of 10 sweet and savory recipes bound to be loved by all, ensuring your Christmas party or New Year’s Eve dinner is etched in memory for times to come.

We have segmented these recipe suggestions into holiday categories, but you can mix and match them to suit your needs!

Recipes for Thanksgiving

We are sharing a couple of the best Thanksgiving sides to add to your list of Thanksgiving party ideas.

Spiced Cranberry Mold

Retro, red, and tasty. Make this throwback dish to brighten your table, spark conversation, and add a hint of nostalgia to your gathering! Check out the recipe on Southern Living!

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

The ultimate comfort food and classic Thanksgiving favorite—mashed potatoes! This recipe adds a little kick of garlic, a perfect savory side dish.

You’ll need:

  • 2 pounds of potatoes (Yukon Gold or Russet), peeled and cut into chunks
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup of milk or cream (you can adjust this to your preference for creaminess)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Fresh herbs like parsley or chives for garnish

Peel, cut, and cook your potatoes. While your potatoes are cooking, prepare the garlic butter. Mince the garlic. Melt butter in a small pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant but not browned. Drain and mash your cooked potatoes. Add the garlic butter, milk, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Christmas Party Appetizers

We have some enticing starters to add to your ideas for Christmas gathering menus.

Baked Cranberry Brie

You’ll need:

  • 14-ounce can of Cranberry Sauce
  • Sugars (1-2 tablespoon brown and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar)
  • Orange for zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 wheel of brie
  • Fresh rosemary for garnish

One of the best things about making cranberry baked brie is you can use leftover cranberry sauce if you want to! You can also make your cranberry sauce or a canned version, as suggested here. Mix a can of cranberry sauce with the sugars, orange zest, vanilla, and spices. Place brie on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and top with cranberry sauce. Bake in a 400° Fahrenheit oven for 7 – 10 minutes. Baking times may vary; you want the cranberry sauce to be warmed and the cheese softened.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are a delicious, classic appetizer during the holiday season. Their small size and savory flavors perfectly contrast holiday sweet treats. Your guests will surely enjoy these gourmet treats, delighting your spread. Check out this simple stuffed mushroom recipe on Delish!

New Year’s Eve Party Time

Appetizers inspire mingling and add a relaxed note to even a dressy occasion. Whether you are having a black tie party, everyone is in sweats and tees, or somewhere in between. These NYE appetizers will surely please your guests and complement your New Year’s Eve dinner recipes and champagne toast!

Spinach Dip

There are many variations of spinach dip. Following the packet directions from the Knorr’s Vegetable Soup packet is always an option—and delicious! You might want to elevate your dip on NYE or at any holiday gathering by making this baked version!

You’ll need:

  • 10 ounces of thawed and drained frozen spinach
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour Cream
  • Cream Cheese
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Garlic (fresh minced or from a jar)
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper

Mix 1 cup of sour cream, 1 cup mayonnaise, and softened cream cheese in a large bowl. Add 2 cloves of minced garlic, spinach, ½ cup grated parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Transfer to a baking dish, spreading evenly. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 375° Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve with chips!

Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Bacon-wrapped dates are a delightful party treat, merging sweet, chewy dates with crisp, savory bacon. Their bite-sized nature makes them a fuss-free yet gourmet appetizer, enthralling guests with a burst of contrasting flavors in each nibble, embodying a perfect mingling indulgence. Check out how to make these perfect party bites here.

Sweet Treats

Classic Pumpkin Pie

The most famous classic pumpkin pie recipe has to be Libby’s! Following the recipe straight from the can using a homemade or pre-made crust gives you a delicious pumpkin pie everyone will love. Serve with whipped cream!

Peppermint Bark

You’ll need:

  • White chocolate – either baking chocolate or chocolate chips
  • Dark chocolate – either baking chocolate or chocolate chips
  • Peppermints crushed and/or broken into pieces

Melt 12 ounces of white chocolate. Spread it on parchment paper. Melt 12 ounces of dark chocolate. Swirl or spread it on top. Sprinkle with crushed peppermints and chill. After shilled, break into pieces to serve.

Rum Balls

You’ll need:

  • Vanilla wafers
  • powdered sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Rum

Mix two cups crushed vanilla wafters, 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, and ½ cup of rum. Form the mixture into balls and roll in your desired toppings! Chill for a couple of hours.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate crinkle cookies are a visual and flavorful hit with contrasting tender, fudgy centers, and crisp, powdered sugar crusts. Their bite-sized perfection adds a sweet, elegant touch to any party spread. Check out this easy chocolate crinkle cookie recipe from Pillsbury.

Cater Your Gathering

Elevate your holiday party or family celebration by entrusting your catering needs to professionals. Professional catering can customize menus for Christmas, New Year’s Eve dinner, or Thanksgiving dinner, letting you focus on Christmas party outfit ideas or Christmas gift ideas. Catering turns your Christmas party ideas, New Year’s Eve dinner ideas, and other festivities into delicious reality, making each event memorable.


We hope you will consider KPacho for an array of catering and event solutions, perfect for any holiday parties or family celebrations. Our restaurant provides a warm setting if you are looking for a “New Year’s Eve dinner near me,” a “Thanksgiving dinner near me,” or a place to make your fun Christmas office party ideas come true. At KPacho, we are ready to help you fulfill your holiday party aspirations. Our excellent staff ensures your gatherings, whether a cozy Thanksgiving dinner or a vibrant New Year’s bash, are occasions to remember.

Top 15 Trending Corporate Holiday Party Dining Ideas

Top 15 Trending Corporate Holiday Party Dining Ideas

Planning your corporate holiday party and looking for the best dining options? Whether you need fun Christmas party ideas or delicious New Year’s dinner ideas, there’s something for everyone when it comes to corporate parties–if you know where to start looking!

But what are some of the latest and greatest dining options for your Thanksgiving, New Year’s, or Christmas office party? This article will outline the top 15 corporate holiday party food and dining ideas to guarantee your party menu is the best. Let’s dive in!

Ideas for Christmas

1. Holiday Appetizers

Successful holiday parties start with one thing: the appetizers. Choosing the right appetizers for your corporate Christmas party will start the celebration on the right foot and ensure your guests love every second of their time. If you want your Christmas party appetizers to stay in-theme, consider some of the following tasty bites:

  • Baked brie with cranberries
  • Roasted chestnuts
  • Pigs in a Blanket wreath
  • Spiced candied pecans
  • Warm, baked spinach dip

2. Christmas-Themed Drinks

If you’re seeking Christmas gift ideas for your employees or coworkers, why not surprise everybody with delicious Christmas-themed drinks? No celebration is complete without a comprehensive drink menu, and to celebrate the season, you can consider making or catering drinks like an eggnog cocktail, cranberry mimosas, pecan pie martinis, or mulled wine!

3. Grand Christmas Meals

Christmas is the perfect time to go all-out with your main meal. Celebrate your corporate holiday party by having a multi-course meal or a holiday buffet packed with Christmas staples–or get your delicious holiday meal catered by us.

4. Delicious Christmas Desserts

What corporate holiday gathering is complete without delicious themed desserts? Your office Christmas party is the perfect time to go all-out on sweet treats. You can add an extra element of fun to your celebration by having a gingerbread cookie decorating station for employees to come together and create their own delicious dessert!

5. Have Fun With Holiday-Themed Challenges

Beyond the food, you want your corporate holiday party to have plenty of fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Consider getting people involved by hosting some challenges during your party, such as an ugly Christmas sweater competition. This challenge will get employees brainstorming the best Christmas party outfit ideas, making for a fun and exciting competition when it comes time to vote for your favorite outfit at the party!

Ideas for New Year’s and New Year’s Eve

1. New Year’s Dinner Ideas

The focal point of a New Year’s Eve party is usually the dinner, drinks, and the countdown at midnight, of course! Having an extravagant New Year’s Eve dinner is the perfect way to make your office party memorable and enjoyable. Some of our favorite New Year’s Eve dinner ideas include:

  • A gourmet wine pairing dinner and tasting experience
  • Outdoor BBQs and bonfires
  • Around-the-world buffets (to make this idea extra fun, keep track of when the clock hits midnight in other countries and celebrate from across the globe by eating traditional foods from that country!)

Are you stuck searching for “New Year’s Eve Dinner near me”? Check out our holiday group dining menu.

2. Champagne and Tapas Tasting

No New Year’s party is complete without some champagne! Host a fun tasting experience with different types of champagne and pair the champagne with tasty tapas and small plates. Offer fun appetizers like charcuterie boards, banked brie wreaths, fondue bites, or shrimp cocktails!

Consider some of our favorite New Year’s Eve dinner recipes if you want to go beyond appetizers and offer a full meal!

3. Festive New Year’s Eve Desserts

One thing that comes to mind when we think of New Year’s Eve is the champagne. While you might assume it’s reserved for drinking, you can make your New Year’s celebration festive by having some champagne desserts! From cupcakes to trifles and cheesecakes, there’s no shortage of delicious bites you can make to celebrate this holiday season.

4. Fireworks and Outdoor Dinner Bash

Fireworks are one of the best New Year’s traditions, so why not make your holiday party special by having an outdoor dinner bash and watching the fireworks when New Year’s arrives? If your property has enough space, you can throw a fun outdoor party that brings you and your coworkers closer together.

5. Black Tie Buffets

The champagne, glitz, and glamor of New Year’s Eve is undeniable–so why not emphasize it with a fun black tie buffet? Bring your employees or coworkers together to enjoy a lavish buffet with the finest champagne and plenty of top-tier dishes to make the night one to remember!

Ideas for Thanksgiving

1. Traditional Thanksgiving Feast

Who doesn’t love celebrating Thanksgiving Day with a traditional feast? One of the best ways to celebrate the holiday is with a corporate Thanksgiving feast with all of the holiday classics, like the following:

  • Turkey
  • Mashed potatoes and gravy
  • Stuffing
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Cranberry sauce

Find yourself searching for “Thanksgiving dinner near me”? Consider our services for all of your Thanksgiving catering needs!

2. Pie Potluck

One of the best corporate Thanksgiving events is a classic pie potluck packed with the most delicious Thanksgiving desserts! Have your Thanksgiving dinner catered, and finish off your celebration by asking employees each to make their own take on classic Thanksgiving pies for an end-of-party tasting experience.

3. Harvest Buffet

You can step outside traditional Thanksgiving feasts by having a fun Thanksgiving harvest buffet packed with delicious recipes for Thanksgiving and autumn, like roasted vegetables, slow-roasted meats, seasonal desserts, hearty soups, and more! With something for everyone, employees will undoubtedly love the annual holiday party this year.

4. Harvest Picnic

Share the spirit of Thanksgiving by celebrating with a fun, corporate harvest picnic that employees and their families can enjoy this holiday season. Along with having employees make and bring their favorite seasonal dishes, you can complete the experience with plenty of blankets and seasonal decorations to make a comfortable and fun environment for everybody!

5. Pie and Coffee Social

One dessert comes to everyone’s mind when they think of Thanksgiving: pie! One of our favorite Thanksgiving party ideas is a pie and coffee social, packed with the best Thanksgiving sides and treats to complete the experience. This cozy celebration will bring everyone together for a fun and memorable time!

Get Catering for Your Corporate Holiday Party

Whether you’re looking for catering for family celebrations or a corporate event, you can meet your catering needs with Kpacho. We provide the best catering services out of the restaurants near you, guaranteeing that your holiday events will be as delicious as they are fun. Contact us today to order take-out, schedule catering for your holiday parties, or visit us in person!

Glam Up Halloween: Top 20 Halloween Costume Ideas for 2023

Glam Up Halloween: Top 20 Halloween Costume Ideas for 2023

20 Ideas for Halloween Costumes

If you’re planning a Halloween event, a stellar costume is part of the key to an amazing party. Here are twenty ideas for Halloween costumes in 2023:

1. Dreamhouse Barbie

With its dreamy outfits and bright pink styles, the Barbie movie is sure to inspire a ton of amazing looks for Halloween events this year! Join the craze by dressing up as Dreamhouse Barbie. Pair a pink gingham dress with cute pumps and a blonde wig and you’ll be ready!

2. Mario and Luigi

This costume is a great one to do with a friend! Harness all the popularity of the Mario movie by dressing up as Mario and Luigi with a buddy of yours. You’ll need blue overalls, green and red shirts and hats, and mustaches.

3. Geralt of Rivia

For another look straight from the world of video games and fantasy, try dressing up as Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher. You’ll need a black shirt and trousers, leather gloves, and a long silver wig. For bonus points, add a replica of Geralt’s sword.

4. Toad

Don’t want to dress as Mario or Luigi but still love Nintendo? Be everyone’s favorite little mushroom kingdom friend, Toad. You’ll need a blue vest, white trousers, and a mushroom cap hat.

5. Princess Peach

If you’re someone who loves the fact that Halloween gives you a reason to dress up fancy, why not be Princess Peach? Her iconic look features a fluffy pink dress and long wavy locks of blonde hair, plus a tiara and white gloves. You’ll also need some pink shoes and blue earrings.

6. Ken

Ken is another great Halloween costume option that is sure to be popular this year. Capture Ryan Gosling’s look from the Barbie movie with:

  • Black vintage cowboy shirt
  • White cowboy hat
  • A pink bandana

7. 80s Barbie

For a special twist on Barbie’s look, try dressing up for Halloween as an 80s Barbie! For this look, wear a pink leotard, leg warmers, and chunky vintage jewelry.

8. Weird Barbie

Another fun twist on a Barbie costume is going as Weird Barbie! Popularized by Kate McKinnon’s character in the Barbie movie, this costume is a twisted, but loving homage to the Barbies we spent customizing as kids.

To create this especially unique look, wear an oversized pink dress and a short blonde wig. You should also draw some squiggles or designs on your face with makeup.

9. Cowgirl Barbie

Cowgirl Barbie is another one of Barbie’s amazing looks from the film that people just can’t seem to get enough of! For this look you’ll need:

  • Pink bell bottoms
  • A pink vest or crop top
  • A white cowgirl hat

10. Bowser

Bowser is another iconic Nintendo look that makes a super fun Halloween costume! You’ll just need a Bowser mask, a yellow bodysuit, and a turtle shell backpack.

11. Ariel

Wishing you could be under the sea? Wish no more this Halloween by dressing up as Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Her look is especially fun to recreate, due to its whimsical nature!

To get started with this look, you’ll need to get a long, bright red wig with curls in it. You’ll also need a seashell top and a long, shimmery skirt that is blue or blue-green. Don’t forget a purple sea star pin for your hair and a seashell purse to complete your outfit.

12. Wednesday Addams

Wednesday Addams is sure to be another popular Halloween costume in 2023. All you will need is a knee-length black dress with a white collar and some black tights! Finish up with some black loafers and plain Mary-janes and be sure to braid your hair into her iconic pigtails too.

13. Deadpool

Deadpool is a bit more complicated of a costume, but it’s sure to be a hit You’ll need a red jumpsuit and of course, Deadpool’s mask for a base layer. Finish up with a set of his weapons, but be sure to opt for plastic!

14. Shazam

If you love superhero movies, Shazam can be another great choice for a Halloween costume this year. Shazam’s outfit consists of a red bodysuit and white cape with gold trim, accessorized with gold boots and gloves. Don’t forget Shazam’s gold belt too.

15. Eddie Munson

For the supernatural and sci-fi lovers in the house, Eddie Munson from Stranger Things is an obvious choice. This beloved character has only been in one season so far but is already a fan favorite. To complete Eddie’s grungy metalhead look, you will need:

  • Denim vest with patches
  • Long brown wig
  • Ripped jeans

16. Ted Lasso

Ted Lasso finished up this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to be done with it. Dress up as everyone’s favorite football coach by layering a blue sports jacket with navy pants. Complete your look with aviator sunglasses, white sneakers, a whistle, and a white visor. Last, not certainly not least, you’ll need Ted’s signature mustache.

17. Spider-man

Spider-Man is a classic superhero costume choice for Halloween. It’s also a pretty easy costume! All you will need is a Spider-man mask and a red and blue jumpsuit and you’ll be ready for a Halloween party.

18. Black Adam

Black Adam can be another fun superhero costume! To capture The Rock’s look, you’ll need a black bodysuit with a lightning bolt. You’ll also need a gold belt and boots. To finish off your look, wear a black cloak with matching gold trim.

19. Keeley Jones

For a glamorous Halloween costume that is sure to get you lots of compliments, try dressing as Ted Lasso’s resident fashionista, Keeley Jones!

To channel your inner Keeley, style your hair into a high ponytail or buy a blond wig to style if you prefer. Wear a cute pink minidress with a furry coat or opt for some AFC Richmond gear for a more casual look.

20. Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong is another popular and beloved Nintendo character that makes for a wonderful costume at parties! For Donkey Kong’s look, you’ll need a brown jumpsuit or monkey costume, a Donkey Kong mask, and a bright red tie.

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12 Best Mexican Party Drink Ideas for Cinco de Mayo!

12 Best Mexican Party Drink Ideas for Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching, and for many people, that means it’s time to plan for a fantastic holiday party with all of your friends and family! While you might have some excellent party-planning skills, there’s one thing many people don’t account for when planning their Cinco de Mayo celebrations: the drinks.

Having the best holiday parties means having the best food and drink to guarantee a fun time. If you want to spice up your Cinco de Mayo party and master throwing the best family celebrations, we’ve got you covered. Here are the 12 best Mexican-party drink ideas to kick your Cinco de Mayo celebration up a notch this year.

1. The Traditional Margarita

Families and friends will rejoice at the sight of a tasty margarita when they arrive at your Cinco de Mayo celebration. While you can add any number of twists to make your margarita sweeter or spicier, you can also stick to the traditional version: a salted rim, tasty tequila, lime, agave nectar, sea salt, and Cointreau are all you need to whip up this drink for your adult friends.

Bottom line: there’s no going wrong with a margarita, no matter what you’re celebrating. Why not take things to the next level and add a margarita bar?

2. Mexican Hot Chocolate

Cinco de Mayo celebrations should be fun and festive for everyone in the family, whether or not they drink alcoholic beverages. Along with putting a spin on some classic recipes by finding a non-alcoholic version, offer classic, tasty drinks like Mexican hot chocolate.

While it might be warm in May, that shouldn’t stop you from offering this rich drink with a kick. Full of bold, mouth-watering flavors with a bit of spice to shock your tastebuds, there’s no doubt that Mexican hot chocolate will be a hit at all of your family celebrations.

3. The Paloma

If you want to shake things up with your cocktails, consider offering guests a classic Paloma. With grapefruit soda and tequila tossed together for a perfectly-balanced sweet and sour taste, the Polama is fast, easy to make, and pleasing to the tastebuds. If you’re considering catering for your celebration, ensure you have a Paloma on hand to tame your mouth after eating spicy food.

4. The Horchata

Nothing beats a classic horchata when it comes to Mexican drinks. Horchata is iconic for a reason: it’s downright delicious. Its sweet, creamy flavor with a touch of cinnamon compliments any dish. Made from agua fresca, ground rice, soaked almonds, and cinnamon, horchata can go with anything and are a perfect option to ensure a balance of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for your party. Like the Paloma, horchata can help soothe your palette if you struggle with spicier flavors. Bottom line? A horchata is pretty tough to resist.

5. The Michelada

If you prefer your drinks on the savory side, consider offering the Michelada at your Cinco de Mayo get-together. This unique cocktail is similar to a traditional Bloody Mary but differs in some fundamental ways. Combining Mexican beer, Clamato, spices, lime, hot sauce, and other sauces, the Michelada is packed with solid flavors suitable for anyone seeking a drink that stands out.

6. The Agua Fresca

This drink is far more than just your average fresh water–you can make the agua fresca with pretty much any fruit to create a mouth-watering fruit juice perfect for the hot weather. Choose multiple fruits to give your guests plenty of options when choosing their beverage. If you want to take things up a notch with some fresh fruits, sugar, and vodka, agua fresca is a must-have at any Cinco de Mayo gathering.

7. The Mezcalita

If you like oranges and spice, the mezcalita is right up your alley. This drink is a delicious, orange juice-based beverage with a slight bitterness, spice, and some alcohol for anyone looking to party with friends during Cinco de Mayo.

The mezcalita is jam-packed with complex flavors, and you test your spice tolerance by adding a few extra jalapeños into the mix. If you don’t mind your drinks matching the spice in your food, you might find your new favorite drink in this Mexican classic.

8. The Sangrita

Don’t mistake it for a sangria–the delicious Sangrita is well-deserving of its spot on our list, even if it’s not as well-known as the former. A Sangrita is a tasty cocktail with various citrus juices, Mexican spices, and tequila. Unlike sangria, which originated in Spain and is wine-based, a Sangrita is a Mexican cocktail that suits any Cinco de Mayo celebration. Its refreshing flavors make the Sangrita a must for your Cinco de Mayo get-together.

9. The Tepache

Tepache de Piña is a tasty, traditional craft beer made from pineapple peels, giving the drink its title of pineapple beer. Combined with sugar and various spices, the Tepache is a classic that should be a staple for any family gathering.

With pre-colonial roots, Tepache has been increasingly popular in recent years. With minimal alcohol content (typically about 2% ABV), Tepache is the perfect beverage to offer family and friends at your Cinco de Mayo party.

10. The Ponche

This drink is perfect for a festive occasion like Cinco de Mayo. The Ponche is a warm, comforting beverage that shouldn’t be reserved for winter celebrations. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the mouthwatering combination of brown sugar, apples, pears, prunes, cinnamon, raisins, and other flavorful ingredients packed into a cup of Ponche.

Not interested in serving hot beverages at your Cinco de Mayo celebration? Try putting Ponche on ice for a perfectly-chilled summer drink.

11. Mexican Coffee

You want to keep your Cinco de Mayo celebrations festive all day long, meaning that you and your guests will likely want a caffeine boost at some point during the festivities. Complete your Cinco de Mayo celebration with Mexican coffee and make an adult version by incorporating some tequila and Kahlua into your cup.

12. The Carajillo

Another delicious coffee-based drink you can serve on ice is the Carajillo or the “coffee cocktail.” The Carajillo is easy to make, only requiring espresso and Licor 43 on top of some ice for a summertime energy boost. If you and your guests prefer to drink your coffee hot, the Carajillo is equally delectable when warm.

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