12 Easy Ways to Shine With Chick-fil-A Catering for Your Next Holiday Gathering ~ Chick-fil-A’s 12 Days of Gatherings #CFACatering

I participated in this event on behalf of Chick-fil-A Moms Club. I received Chick-fil-A products to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.

This year I was selected to be a part of the Chick-Fil-A Moms Club again and I was so thrilled!   Chick-Fil-A is one of our go-to trusted restaurants that we tend to visit about once a month.  My daughter is a huge fan of the waffle fries… and their awesome kids meal books too.  I personally love their chicken wraps, salads… and stealing an occasional fry or two or ten from my daughter!

Last week the Moms Club was approached asking if we’d like to be involved in one of their national campaigns this holiday season.  I loved the pitch “the purpose of this series is to inspire the holiday spirit by sharing your favorite Chick-fil-A infused holiday party recipe or decoration.”

I applied.  Had no idea I’d be selected, and I was so excited that I was!  I thought this would be the perfect way to showcase our love for Chick-fil-A as well as being creative.  Food and creativity always pair well with me. 

I tossed and turned in bed that night as they had only given us one week to tackle this assignment and I’m such a planner that a week just didn’t seem like enough time.  Should I do a Chick-fil-A “make-over” of one of their catering items, or simply present them as I would for a holiday party?!  

After tossing around ideas of creating snowmen out of the nuggets (simply stack three on a toothpick and add some sauces for eyes and accessories,) and even thinking of a new slogan for them this holiday “Eat Mor Snowmn,” I decided that incorporating some of the catering items into a get together with friends would be the best!

Since Chick-fil-A is a quick service restaurant many may not think of them as an option to help with their holiday gatherings, and I want to show you how you can easily order from their catering menu if you’re short on time, need a break from cooking, or just like us, you love their food.  Let Chick-fil-A catering help you make a tasty statement for your next gathering!

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I present to you:

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I love how I paired the catering with many decorations I had at home and a few simple DIY projects.  I think it all came together and the party really shined!

For our gathering we ordered the following from the catering menu:

  • Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap Tray
  • Hot Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Strips Tray
  • Fruit Tray
  • Garden Salad Tray
  • Chocolate Chunk Cookie Tray
  • Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade (Gallon)
  • Iced Tea (Gallon)
  • Waffle Potato Chips (they are sold in small bags, we ordered 3)

And I did one quick “make-over” of the chocolate chip cookies and turned them into ice cream sandwiches – hello – simplest and tastiest “make-over” ever… just place your favorite ice cream between two Chick-fil-a Chocolate Chip Cookies and roll in red colored sugar!

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I also added some homemade cornbread and pumpkin bars to the menu!

Check out my festive presentation and the 12 easy ways I turned this into a sparkly party on a budget!

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Our sidebar serves many functions and is especially handy for parties where I tend to place the desserts and beverages, and is a great place to add some festive decorations.

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For our gathering I focused on a simple and glittery, nature-inspired look on a budget, a small budget and I love the way everything came together!   I’ve numbered each of the simple decor ideas in the below photo to help!

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Here are each of my easy tips :

#1 – DIY Table runner & ribbon tabletop décor

  • Grab a roll of kraft paper, a plastic snowflake (you can pick these up anywhere with ornaments,) and metallic spray paint. Lay down the snowflakes and spray away. Now grab a roll of holiday ribbon and lay onto the table – sort of like wrapping a present. If the runner gets dirty at the end of the night just toss it and make a new one for your next gathering, and reuse the ribbon for holiday gift wrapping!

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#2 – Glitter Pine Cones

  • I feel like my life isn’t complete in the Fall until we’ve collected our pine cones and added glitter onto them. Make it a fun family project and collect them at your local park (and you can always purchase at craft stores if they are too hard to find,) dip in some glue and glitter. Kids love to make these and I love bringing the outdoors inside with these, especially this time of the year when picking flowers in the yard usually is not an option.

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#3 – DIY Banner

  • So easy to make for under $1. Grab some paper from your local craft store, stencil what saying you would like to make, cut out and adhere to string or jute. I love using jute and found some fun red colored jute which looked great for the Happy Holidays banner I made.BusyBeeKate-12WaystoShineWithCFACatering-Banner

#4  – Holiday spare ornaments

  • Ornaments aren’t just for the tree. These make great ways to liven up the table and bring in some additional color and holiday fun. Just pull your ornaments out of storage or pick up some at the dollar store and add them onto the table and in other places for additional sparkle. I used a lovely owl that was gifted to me by a friend and seeing this throughout the holidays reminds me of our friendship and brings back memories, as I’m sure your ornaments will as well.

#5 – Snowflakes

  • After you’re done making your table runner with the snowflakes use them to make coaster pieces for candy and other small foods on the table or side bar.BusyBeeKate-12WaystoShineWithCFACatering-SideBar4

#6 – DIY Centerpiece

  • Make a statement with this easy centerpiece. Grab your kids and visit your local park to collect fallen branches, add glitter to the branches using glitter glue or paint with glue and sprinkle glitter on them. Accent a vase you have around the house, like this glass cylinder one I used, with sparkle washi tape. I also added some handmade birds that were gifted to my from my Mom. You could also hang some fun ornaments from the branches.

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#7 – Small Wreaths for Place settings

  • I picked the small wreaths for $1 at the dollar store and they make a festive statement at the place setting. You could also grab some spare pine roping and make your own. (Bonus if you have time to make some handmade place cards which I totally made and forgot to add onto our table but will be sure they are there for our next gathering!)BusyBeeKate-12WaystoShineWithCFACatering-Wreaths

#8 – Frame a special saying or some scrapbook paper

  • I purchased this frame for under $5 a while back for a project that I never got around to and it was just sitting in a drawer. Grab an old unused frame and frame some scrap book paper, a piece of artwork your child has drawn or use the back of an old holiday card and frame it (which is what I did.) I love the statement this makes on the side table. You can also switch out the paper or drawing for the holidays.BusyBeeKate-12WaystoShineWithCFACatering-Sign

#9 – Candles

  • Adding candles to your place setting is so simple and so cheap. I grabbed these for $1 each and placed them on unused ceramic dishes I had buried in a cupboard along with more of the snowflakes I had used in making the table runner.BusyBeeKate-12WaystoShineWithCFACatering-Candle

#10 – Vintage Music or Books

  • Check out your local thrift store for some holiday music or books to add to the display. I picked up this Winter Wonderland 45 record for .10 cents and it fits in perfect with my theme. Bonus for me is that I have a record player so we can also enjoy listening to it too! Holiday books work great as well, but I didn’t have any luck finding them this trip (I’m sure next trip they will be in abundance!)

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#11 – Wrap a box or two

  • Take some leftover holiday wrapping paper and spare boxes you have lying around.  These are great for adding dimension to your set-up.

#12 – Gather your plants & succulents

  • Gather your greenery near your table and as part of your presentation.  The pots and the plants add a warm and comforting feel to your party.

Another way to jazz up the place setting is to use your own plates and dishes for the food, like I did with the Chick-n-Strips platter.  I also added on some tomatoes and broccoli for more color!

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Same with the waffle chips… put them into a fancy bowl too!

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There are so many ways to shine with Chick-fil-A catering!  Time to invite your guests, take the stress away from cooking… and enjoy this holiday season with your loved ones!  

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Also, don’t forget to follow Chick-fil-A on Facebook and Twitter for more decorations ideas and recipes throughout the Chick-fil-A 12 Days of Gatherings Catering campaign!

I participated in this event on behalf of Chick-fil-A Moms Club. I received Chick-fil-A products to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.

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    • Willa
    • December 13, 2015
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    The colorful decoration likes this contributing a merry Christmas. I’ll follow your way to make my house greater than the last years.

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