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!

15 Tips for Throwing an Unforgettable New Year’s Eve Party

15 Tips for Throwing an Unforgettable New Year’s Eve Party

The glitz, the glam, the sparkles, the food, the memories — Holiday Parties are the most fun on New Year’s Eve!


Keep reading for 15 of our top tips for throwing an unforgettable New Year’s Eve Party, whether you’re hosting a family celebration or a full-on catered soiree.

15 Tips for Throwing an Unforgettable New Year’s Eve Party

1. Keep Your Party-Goers in Mind

When it comes to party planning, it’s important to know who you are planning for.


Narrowing in on who — and how many people — you need to provide food, drinks, and entertainment for is the first step. Then, focus on where the party will take place.

2. Capture the Memories

As you’re planning out the evening, don’t forget to build in ways to capture all of the fun memories you’ll be making! Set up a photo booth, put disposable cameras on each table, or hire a photographer so that you can look back at the evening for years to come.

3. Pick the Perfect Theme

No New Year’s Eve party is complete without the perfect theme.


Here are some of our favorites you can choose from:


  • Masquerade
  • Roaring Twenties
  • Champagne Party
  • Wine Night
  • Movie Marathon
  • Cocktail-Making Party
  • Backyard Bonfire
  • Decades Party
  • Casino Night


While you can certainly come up with your own theme, these can get your creative juices flowing, and your guests will be excited to participate in an evening with added thematic touches.

4. Make the Drinks Memorable

No matter what kind of party you’re planning to throw, memorable drinks are a must!


Whether you have your caterer provide the drinks or you have your guests learn new cocktail-making skills alongside you, New Year’s Eve events are the perfect time to snazz up your drink menu experience.

5. Get Your Guests Involved

People wait for New Year’s Eve parties all year long, so it’s no surprise that they want to be involved.


Host an event that provides plenty of opportunities to interact and have yummy foods and drinks.


For example, if you’re hosting a family celebration, why not make it a backyard bonfire night complete with s’mores, hotdogs, mac and cheese, and hot cider? No matter who is on the guest list, this idea is a major crowd-pleaser.


Pro Tip: If it’s cold where you live, have plenty of outdoor heaters and cozy blankets to keep everyone comfortable.

6. Hire a Caterer

We hinted at this above, but hire a caterer! This takes the stress of planning a menu off your plate and allows you to just enjoy the time with your guests.

7. Have a Way to Watch the Ball Drop

Not everyone wants to watch all of the televised celebrations in New York City or the ball drop at midnight. But a lot of people do!


If you have a split crowd where some people want to chat and mingle while others want to watch TV, try to provide a separate place for those TV watchers to sit down and enjoy themselves. This will ensure everyone is happy and prevent any fights.

8. Provide Props

Dressing up for New Year’s Eve is half the fun. Provide “2023” hats, glasses, and the like so your guests can ring in the new year in style.

9. String Lights and Light Candles

Setting the right vibe can make your party truly unforgettable. Consider hanging twinkle lights around your event space and finding ways to safely light candles with delicious scents around the room.


Smell is a powerful memory trigger, and this could be the thing that makes your guests remember that they loved your event so much.

10. Make the Perfect Playlist

Speaking of good vibes, don’t forget to curate the perfect playlist for your group! Whether you choose to include jazz, classic tunes like Auld Lang Syne, or the top hits from the past year (Taylor Swift, anyone?), the music you select can keep the party-goers’ spirits up as the evening gets later.

11. Plan Games or Share Memories

Depending on who attends your gathering, playing games can be a great way to break the ice or make sure everyone feels included. Plus, games can often lead to laughter and hysterics that will keep the party going well past midnight.


If your group isn’t the game-playing type, grab a drink and share your favorite memories of past New Year’s Eve parties or from the past year. These games and conversations are truly customizable — just pick what makes sense for your group!

12. Hire Designated Drivers

Because the new year begins at midnight, guests will be up late and likely enjoying ample amounts of cocktails.


To make sure the night ends well and everyone ends up at home safe and sound, hire or appoint designated drivers. This alleviates a lot of stress at the end of the night, and telling your guests that you have transportation covered allows them to simply enjoy the party.

13. Be a Good Neighbor

You don’t have to invite all of your neighbors to your party, but it’s a good idea to let them know you’ll be hosting an event if there’s limited parking in your area or thin walls. A courteous note on their door or a quick phone call can make all the difference.

14. Provide Morning-After Favors

Not everyone is used to staying up late! And even for late-night veterans, eating copious amounts of sugar and drinking lots of cocktails can mean a headache or tummy ache the next day.


Send home small favors with your guests, such as aspirin, mini water bottles, and a small snack.

15. Hire a Cleaner

Most of the tips on this list have centered around making sure your guests have a good time. This tip is for you: hire a cleaner! You want to enjoy your time with family and friends without worrying about washing all the dishes or throwing the trash out.


This will save your sanity and allow you to start the new year with as little stress as possible. That’s a win in our book!

Throw Your Holiday Party with Style

Want to host an unforgettable evening? Kpacho can fulfill all your catering needs and provide the perfect place for your New Year’s Eve event!


From small groups to large gatherings, our catering, menu selections, and cocktail curations are perfect for your holiday parties this year! Give us a call to learn more about how we can make the new year special.

Top 20 Tips for Preparing for the 2022 Holiday Season

Top 20 Tips for Preparing for the 2022 Holiday Season

The holiday season can be fun, but because it’s jam-packed with events, it can also be nerve-racking! No worries – we’ve got you covered this year with everything from budgets to holiday event catering. In no particular order, here are our top 20 tips for preparing for the 2022 holiday season!

1. Come Up With a Holiday Budget

During the holidays, people overspend as they travel to events. Plan how much money you want to spend this year. You won’t overspend and everyone will know what to expect.


Talk with family and friends about gifts. Come up with a maximum amount to spend on each person, do a Secret Santa exchange, or find other clever ways to keep costs low!

2. Prioritize the Most Important Events and Activities

The holiday season is busy – full of holiday parties and traditions. Ahead of time, sit down to discuss everyone’s favorite festivities, and prioritize those ones.


If you’ve got time for secondary activities, great! If not, you won’t feel like you’re missing out.

3. Mark Your Calendar: Time to Relax

This time of year is hectic, between all the family celebrations and parties you rush off to. Do yourself a favor and block out time to relax.

This way, you’ll unwind and stay healthier/less likely to catch a cold over the holidays. This is especially important for event planners, hosts, and business owners!

4. Shop Early and Stay On Budget

Getting the shopping done early is far less stressful than waiting until the last minute: there’s plenty of time to wrap each gift!


Stay on budget, too, or you may find yourself too concerned about finances to enjoy the holiday party.

5. Declutter to Make Room for New Things

Few things are less stressful than bringing new things into a cluttered house. What was a blessing two seconds ago feels like a curse: “Where will we put this?”

Do yourself a favor and get the decluttering done early (in both your home and your fridge) so you can enjoy everything you get.

6. Get Creative About Food Prep

Holiday sweets are on everyone’s list – but you don’t have to wait to make them! Make the dough now and freeze it, or bake and freeze goodies in advance.

Same for main dishes: do the prep work in advance by chopping veggies and freezing them. (If that sounds like too much work, you could always book a caterer!)

7. Help Someone Else Enjoy the Season

The winter season is a great time to give back to those less fortunate. Donate a toy to a drive or volunteer at a soup kitchen. Get the whole family involved and make it a part of your annual family celebrations!


If you’re a business owner, consider sponsoring an event. You’ll give back to your local community and gain visibility as a caring company.

8. Break the Mold by Doing Something New

Tradition is great – but sometimes we miss out on other amazing activities by overprioritizing them. Find something new to do with your family and friends this year and break the mold a bit!


After all, who says you have to have ham over the holidays? Why not Mexican food?

9. Be Patient With Your Family (and Yourself)

This season can be stressful. It can be also lonely or a time for grieving loved ones. Be patient if people aren’t as excited as you are. If you’re also going through this, be patient with yourself.

Still, do your best to enjoy this time. You can’t control everyone – all you can control is your response.

10. Practice Safety and Be Mindful of Hazards

The holiday season is infamous for safety hazards: car accidents, slips and falls from decorating, break-ins, and identity theft. Be extra careful, keep gifts out of sight, and check credit card statements to stay safe this year!


(Business owners  and event planners – the holidays are when more cybersecurity attacks happen, so stay vigilant.)

11. Save Money on Travel By Being Smart

Holiday travel can get pricey, between booking flights and hotels. Why not put some of your credit card points toward your travel plans to offset the cost? Another idea is to book your stay using a discount booking site like Expedia or Priceline. Happy traveling!

12. Shop at Secondhand Stores on Discount Days

Oh no – a holiday party to attend, but you have nothing to wear! Save by shopping at secondhand stores this year. Save even more on discount days. No one will know the difference!


It’s a great way to find gifts, too!

13. Make Holiday Crafts Using Found Items

Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be expensive. Make glitter-pine cones with your kids using pine cones from your yard, or repurpose old Christmas supplies to make something new. BOOM! Family activity AND decorating, done!

14. Foster Gratitude By Spending Quality Time

Whether with your team or your family, foster gratitude by reviewing the year and what you’re most thankful for. What did you do with family and friends? What critical events did your team help with?


Recount the year’s memories with the people you care about.

15. Sending Cards? Update Your Address Book

For many people, the tradition of sending Christmas cards is still very much alive. But going to the trouble to send a card, only to have it sent back, is a terrible feeling. Event planners, families, and business owners can minimize this by updating their address books now!

16. …Oh, and Take Family Photos Now

The holidays are stressful – so they’re not the best time to snap a photo of baby James in his holiday outfit. Take photos earlier and you’ll have an easier time.

If you take Christmas photos for your business, you could also do that early. (Unless you snap it at the annual holiday party.)

17. Decide What You’re Doing on Christmas

…So, what are your plans? Are you staying in and letting family come to you, or are you traveling over the holidays? It’s best to get this nailed down as soon as possible.

18. Get Your Christmas Lists in Order

Make sure you know what everyone wants – and that you have a quick list to give to people should they ask what you want.

19. Check the Guest Room and Schedule Maintenance

If you’re hosting holiday parties this year, you don’t want to run into issues. Restock the guest room and schedule home maintenance to make sure nothing is overlooked.

20. Think Ahead: Book Your Caterer Now!

To truly be kind to yourself, you should look into catering options this year. You know how busy the holidays are, and the worst thing you could do is put it off only to learn you’ve got major catering needs later on, but the caterers are all busy.


By budgeting for catering and booking it early, you’ll be freed up to spend quality time with people, instead of worrying about burning the pie. At K. Pacho, we have an extensive catering menu full of delicious eats. Book us now to cater your holiday party!