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5 Ways to Level Up Your Christmas Party

Nowadays, it's easy to set up your annual Christmas party. Call a number, write an email, and you're done. Instead of typical Christmas party fare, why don't you wow your colleagues and employers with a touch of sophistication? Check out our list:

1) Grazing Boxes, Apéritif Catering

Grazing tables are the rage these days, but they can be time -consuming to set up. Apéritif PH’s gourmet grazing boxes are a great shortcut. Available in various sizes, each box contains a carefully curated selection of luxe cheeses, Italian charcuterie, truffle honey and add ons like crostinis and cornichons. Each box is so prettily styled it’s IG-worthy., (0917) 573-7171, IG/FB:

2) Paella Risoni, Belly Good Eats

Made with sharp-tipped risoni pasta instead of rice, Belly Good Eat’s signature Paella Risoni has a decidedly rustic appeal with its generous portions of seafood, Spanish chorizo and real saffron. A luxurious riff on the traditional paella. By the way, they make exceptional callos, too!

Order 2 days in advance, minimum of two platters, FB: bellygoodeats, (0917) 585-1061

3) Raclette Station, La Petite Fromagerie

Raclette is not just a dish, it’s an emotional experience. That moment when the melting cheese gently drops onto your plate in a creamy, gooey, stinky mess is one you won’t forget. La Petite Fromagerie lets you choose from five different cheeses, and sets up a raclette station complete with side dishes (pickled pearl onions, bread sticks, marbled potatoes, etc). Perfect for parties in roomy venues so your guests can mill around., (0927) 794-9953, FB: lapetitefromagerie.mnl, IG lapetitefromagerie

4) Christmas Cocktails and Local Liquors, Proudly Promdi Traveling Bar

Nothing warms the cockles of your heart like a well-made holiday cocktail. Proudly Promdi is an  Ilocos-based artisanal liquor company that will set up a drinks bar where they’ll serve handmade cocktails using tapuey, an Ilocano rice wine, and bugnay made from local berries. Their cocktails are so excellent they’re served at Toyo Eatery. They’re sure to be a hit at your party.

FB/IG: proudlypromdi, (0947) 964-1413

5) Lechon Porchetta, Manilachon

A guaranteed crowd favorite is porchetta with its crackling golden skin and deep layers of flavor. Manilachon presents a localized version of this signature Italian specialty, with spicy garlic flavor and served with custom-blended vinegar. It’s spectacular on the serving table, even better on your plate.

FB/IG; manilachon, (02) 989-8531

This article was originally published in Food. Changes have been made for Metro.Style.