Why Spend on Holiday Entertaining in Tough Economic Times?

Much of the news these past few weeks has been about the economic mess we find ourselves in right now. The economy, along with the current election cycle, is cause for uncertainty and anxiety.

As I caterer, it gives me cause for anxiety, too, since this is all hitting the fan at the time when people are usually planning their holiday parties. As I was faced with putting out a newsletter to my client list recently, I wondered what I could possibly say that would be pertinent. Who’s thinking about throwing catered parties, right now, with such other pressing matters on their minds, I asked myself?

I thought back to one of my favorite quotes from the immortal and irrepressible Julia Child which I have often used when speaking before groups.

“Dining with one’s friends and beloved family is certainly one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal.”

Wise words indeed! After all, Julia Child developed her skills a culinarian and hostess during post World War II Europe- certainly a challenging time.

I remind myself (and you) to take a deep breath! This crisis, too, shall pass. Let’s not let anything rob us of one of life’s most primal delights. What’s important in life is those beloved family and friends. Even during times like these-maybe especially during times like these- it’s important to gather together and dine with our beloved family and friends. Entertaining our clients in tough times will help us to stand out from the competition. And having a holiday office luncheon can boost morale amongst employees and associates who will greatly appreciate knowing we think enough of them to give them that little extra treat even in times like these.

When thinking about your entertaining needs, it’s still a good investment to call on party planning professionals. A good caterer and/or event planner can strategize with you to come up with creative yet cost effective ideas for your entertaining needs.

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