It’s that time of year again, with Thanksgiving behind us and the holiday season officially in full swing. Although most of us will have far fewer guests around the table this year, people are adapting and finding safe ways to enjoy their downsized holiday meals.  

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, or any other seasonal tradition, great food is the centerpiece that brings everyone together. And while it’s admirable to do all the cooking yourself, it indeed is a tremendous amount of work. If you want to really enjoy your guests and the bountiful meal you serve, then ordering your holiday meals from TooJay’s Deli is the way to go. You’ll get the double benefit of delicious holiday favorites with little or no cooking required. With that decision made, you can relax and have fun planning everything else that goes into a memorable holiday celebration. The following tips can help:

2020 Holiday Meal Basics

If you haven’t already done so, determine how many guests you can invite, based on the space you’ll need for social distancing. Consider hosting your holiday celebration outside in the backyard or on a balcony if space permits. The primary concern is that everyone feels comfortable with your plan. If your family and friends aren’t visiting for the holidays this year, plan a ZOOM call or Facetime, the next best thing to being here.

Holiday Meals of any size

The holidays may not be traditional this year. However, the foods still can be, starting with TooJay’s famous Nova Latkes for Hanukah and the restaurant’s tempting selection of traditional Christmas dinners. Whether you’ll be dining alone or with a small group, it’s easy to have TooJay’s do the cooking for your holiday meal. Narrow your choices, create a concise menu based on what your guests like best, and consider whether any children will be there and other food preferences.

TooJay’s Deli offers traditional holiday catering packages featuring a variety of popular sides and famously decadent desserts. Orders must be placed in advance, and contactless curbside pickup is available.

Buffet, plated, or family-style?

Should you serve the meal buffet, plated, or family-style this year? The answer depends on the number of guests, the amount of space you have, and how comfortable your guests will be. It’s all about social distancing this year, so plated meals are likely to be the popular choice. If any of your guests have offered to help, consider designating a spot in the kitchen for filling and re-filling people’s plates, so only one person needs to handle the serving utensils.

Festive Beverages

If you’re hunting for the best selection of holiday beverages,consider a festive iced tea or lemonade made with bright, flavorful fruits, such as TooJay’s Peach Tea or Strawberry Lemonade. Make an alcohol-free version for the kids and add some sparkling wine for the grown-up batch. It just might become a family tradition! Beyond your signature beverage, stick to the basics: red and white wine, beer, plain and bubbly water, juice for the kids, and coffee and tea for dessert.

Holiday Meals and Table Décor

A table setting is as much of an art as cooking. A touch of nostalgia from your family’s holiday memorabilia mixed with new decorations you’ve collected along the way are part of the season’s magic and sure to keep your spirits bright. Your table setting doesn’t need to be complicated, expensive, or challenging to create; it just needs to be a labor of love.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Don’t overschedule, overindulge, or overspend. Take the time to stop and smell the roses, or more likely, the aroma of the turkey roasting in the oven! Think about what the holiday season means to you. Rather than worrying about cooking the “perfect” holiday dinner, let TooJay’s Deli do the cooking so you can enjoy the celebration you’ve planned.

Check out our Catering Video to learn more about contactless catering delivery!  

Happy holidays to you all from the TooJay’s Team!