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Here are a few ideas Will Hamm swedish meatballs, jumbo shrimp cocktail, deviled eggs, beef burgundy, scallops, spinach dip, fish dip, artichoke dip, marbeled pumpernickel bread, Carr's Table Wafers, asparagus roll-ups, bacon wrapped chicken nuggets, deep fried mushroom caps, macaroons, blueberry tarts, mini cinnamon donuts and a large vat of cheese fondue for the traditionalists. Please send invitation to .............
We have done this a number of times...theme it....we have done southwestern..taco bar ...salsa variety....etc....Or appetizer variety with meatballs and several dipping sauces, artichoke dip, stuffed mushrooms, water chestnuts and dates wrapped in bacon...a Kabob theme....vegetables, meat and fruit....Cheese tasting...it goes on and on and on...
John McCormack, CRS
HEY! Will Hamm If you will invite me I will bring MD20-20 (orange flavored) and some cheap beer!
Priest River, ID
With the food, get a set of Cutco knives to give to them. Yes, they are the best knives out there, but a person from Cutco goes to their house one time a year to sharpen their knives on YOUR behalf. Talk about serving the the client :) Oh and might as well get a cheese ball :)
L. Scott Ferguson
West Palm Beach, FL
I would have some tried and true faves of everyone like wings or nachos. Don't get too fancy but make it fun and maybe do a little takeaway bag of Cookie treats with your name and card on it. Your cookies are famous so it could say something about getting on your Christmas cookie list so new people could sign up (lots of new prospects that way).
Will Hamm you're an amazing cook. I'm sure you have this totally under control.
John G. Johnston
John McCormack, CRS
I have found that finger food is great. One of my hobbies is cooking so I typically provide the food for house warming/open houses. I generally provide some kind of treat for the kids as well (candy bar, Dunkin Donuts, etc...). You can also serve fresh fruit on a tooth pick. The tooth pick is key as they person consumes the fruit generally within a few feet of where it is being served.
It all depends on budget and your clients taste. But I do think it is smart to keep it to less destructive foods that won't make a mess or stain. L. Scott Ferguson I love the cutco knives but they do not come out and sharpen ours. We have to mail them in. My wife sold them in college and loves them.
I went to an eastern Indian house warming party brought some egg rolls. The hostess(buyer) placed red "good luck" mark between my eye brows. I came home wife thought I hurt myself on the forehead.
San Jose, CA
I think you will have better ideas than I could.
Good for you.
Sheri nailed this one!
Ask a Loan Officer if they would like to co-sponsor with you.
Coconut water with guava /mango splash, Leonard's hot malasadas, chunks of pineapple and fried bacon or if that's not available, sushi and cold beer.
Veggie tray, chips and dip, wings, pretzels, and have some pizza delivered about an hour in to the party.
I think it depends on the age of the clients, the price point, and their lifestyle.
Will, that is a wonderful idea. I like Kevin's menu. Also I would add in a little take home item/gift (with your information) for each guest.
Shrimp, meatballs, mini sausages wrapped in bacon in a good sauce, maybe a cheese or avocado dip, a veggie tray, cheese tray, and maybe some pretzels and chips. If you are so inclined invite a local winery to have a sampling of their wines available. They often will assist for a nominal fee for the exposure.
Definitely finger foods. Love Marco's idea of wine, cheese, fruit. Also love the mexican food idea...taquitos, mini quesadillas, mini tacos, mango lightly sprinkled with cayenne pepper, coconut drinks or flavored margaritas or mexican beer. Yum!
This sounds elaborate if you are providing a lot of food! I usually host a small open house for the neighbors on the block to come by and meet the new residents--for one hour on a weeknight...and have some lemonade and cookies on hand.
Finger foods are easier to clean up after the event. Homemade bread is also good. Good Luck and have fun.
White wine only, red wine will stain.
sorry, I've never done one.... good luck with it.... that's like picking one apple at a time....I'd rather shake the whole tree and let them all fall and gather them at the same time....
Quality from the food down to the napkins helps to solidify what a terrific Realtor you are! Plus, bring the fun.
I agree finger foods are good or a cookout.
Tabbouleh and Falafel
Give them an adventure and a treat and your local "OPAH" carry out can fix you right up.
Hi Will, you may want to time it around "wine time" and create or have catered some nice finger food platters and cheese and cracker platters that are easily assembled. Don't forget to have some nice spring blossoms mixed in and around the setting as well. After a glass of wine the strangers/neighbors will "warm" up to the occasion!
Anything that is home cooked goes a lot further than store-bought food.