Cater Your Own Christmas Dinner Party

Dream Dinners makes it easy for you to host and cater fantastic parties, for any occasion. Use this guide for step-by-step instructions on how to self-cater your next party with Dream Dinners.

Checklist for Planning your Party:

  • Determine how many people you will be serving
  • Choose the date and place of your event
  • Choose your menu.
  • For ideas and menu choices, visit

Party Planning Time line:

  • 4 – 6 weeks prior to your party – Visit and make a reservation to assemble your party menu selections at a Dream Dinners location near you.
  • 2 weeks prior – Purchase paper goods and beverages (see quantity tips below)
  • Less than 1 week prior – Purchase groceries for salads, butter for breads and fresh cut flowers.

Paper Product calculations are assessed on a per person basis.
Example: 25 guests, 50 dinner plates.

  • 2 dinner plates per person
  • 1 dessert plate per person
  • 3 forks per person
  • 1 knife per person
  • 3 beverage napkins per person
  • 2 dinner napkins per person
  • 3 beverage cups per person
  • 1 hot cup per person

Beverage calculations need to be assessed by evaluating who is attending your event, but as a standard rule, this can help.

For 25 guests:

  • 4 liters white wine
  • 6 liters red wine
  • 1 full case beer (24)
  • 4 liters of champagne
  • 2 2 liter bottles of soda

Company Christmas Party – 75 guests


  • Asian Beef Kabobs (save the rice that comes with it for another dinner) – 12 orders
  • Coconut Shrimp with Sweet & Sour Sauce & Jasmine Rice  – 12 orders
  • Chicken Mirabella – 12 orders
  • Prime Rib with Cream Horseradish Sauce – 6 orders
    ( 3 full Roasts – call your local Dream Dinners to order whole roasts)
  • Chef Touched Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes – 12 orders
  • Holiday Rice Salad – double recipe
  • Tossed Green Salad – double recipe
  • Garlic Bread – 7 loaves

Your approximate cost $24.75 per person, compared to $74.00 per person with a professional caterer.

Follow this Sample Time line for an Easy Party

  • 4 days before: Thaw all Dream Dinners  in your refrigerator
  • 1 day before: Make Holiday Rice Salad
  • 2½ hrs before: Bake Garlic Mashed Potatoes – hold*
  • 2 hrs before: Cook Jasmine Rice – hold*
  • 1½ hrs before: Bake Prime Rib, thinly slice
  • 1 hr before: Bake Chicken Mirabella
  • 1 hr before: Bake Garlic Bread, slice – hold*
  • 30 min before: Bake Coconut Shrimp (can be served as an appetizer)
  • 20 min before: Toss Green Salad with dressing
  • 10 min before: Broil or Grill Asian Beef Kabobs (one piece of meat on each skewer with 1 piece of onion, can be served as an appetizer)
    • * To hold, use a large cooler to keep cooked dinners hot for up to 2 hours and at a minimum temp. 140 degrees.  Keep cold foods at a maximum temp. of 40 degrees.

With a little help from Dream Dinners and a few family members or close friends you can host a fantastic holiday party!