We've cooked up a batch of creative holiday party ideas. So reserve your date and mark it off your to-do list. We'll take it from here.

Each of the following event ideas includes:

  • holiday décor
  • non-alcoholic beverages
  • customized recipe booklet 'party favor'
  • warm & cheerful 'non-office' ambiance

Would your group enjoy a bit of friendly competition mixed in with their holiday party?  Well, gather Donder & Blitzen and bring them to our kitchens for a fun day or evening where, much like the popular cooking shows, teams will cook from mystery boxes of ingredients to create a fabulous (yes, we promise it will be fabulous!) lunch, dinner or appetizer reception.  Sprinkle in a bit of bartering and treat your guests to a few crafty cocktails and you have yourself a memorable evening!   You could even say it glows!

Move over Ace of Cakes, we’re taking dessert to a whole new level!  Everyone in your group will don their own unique elf name when they battle to win Santa’s good favor as they build and decorate holiday cakes.  Creative juices will be flowing with mystery decorations along with a challenge, a time frame and winner of the best decorated cake of the bunch. Donate them to local charities? Yes you could... or you could eat ‘em.  Santa’s elves would be proud either way!

Here’s a fun one!  Enjoy some tasty appetizers (or lunch) and a cookie decorating class with one of our Chefs.  Each guest will then decorate a dozen holiday cookies shaped like little sweaters to take home in a decorative container.  Whether you wear ugly sweaters to this party is up to you!  By the way, you could also decorate more traditional cookie shapes as well …but then I guess we would just call it a plain ole’ Cookie Decorating Party.  That’s ok too!

Let’s go “old school” and make classic holiday treats to share.  We’ll have all the trappings of a festive party including hot cocoa, holiday music and cheerful beverages, if desired.  Then your group will divide up and create those tasty cookie jar treasures that we all remember.  Thumb Prints and Snowballs and the like.  While they are cooling we’ll have lunch, dinner or heavy appetizers.  Each guest will take home cookies in a decorative container.  Some things just never go out of style, do they?

Give meaning to your holiday party AND have fun as your group feeds the needs of our community.  Don your gay apparel (read: aprons) and let our Chefs lead you as you cook and package nutritious and delicious home-made food to donate to some well-deserving folks in Kansas City.  Then celebrate your good deeds together around the table as you dine on a delicious meal (or heavy appetizers).  Change it up a bit and decorate cookies to go with cherished children’s holiday books to be donated to a local shelter.  Or perhaps making homemade apple pies for a local food kitchen would make you happy!  ‘Tis the season for giving!

Down with boring holiday lunch events!  Do something different for heaven’s sake!  Step into our kitchens where your guests will be greeted with an apron and a beverage.  A CCKC Chef will teach you how to create one of the tasty dishes from your menu, then it’s your turn to make that dish!  Afterwards, your group will celebrate around the table with a seasonal holiday menu!  Who will sing for their lunch? Anyone? ‘Tis the season to be jolly you know. (Not interested in getting your hands dirty?  A CCKC Chef can entertain you instead with a culinary demonstration.  Want to make the full meal?  You can do that too!)

Let your guests mix and mingle in this holiday-inspired appetizer reception right in our comfortable kitchens!  Our Chefs will create some impressive party fare and the fun begins when your guests get some hands-on fun as they create (and eat!) one of the items on the menu.  Get crazy and add a Mixologist to the mix to show you how to make trendy Craft Cocktails.  Or what about a lesson in Local Brews paired with beer-inspired foods?  Uh huh.  We thought you’d like that. 

Our lights will be twinkling here in historic Downtown Overland Park as you enjoy a fabulous meal, exceptional service and warm holiday cheer.  Choose from several seasonal holiday-inspired menus and begin (or end) your evening with a smidge of hands-on cooking if you like.  Not to worry - those festive holiday outfits (or ugly sweaters?) are safe!  How’s that for a new “take” on the old holiday get-together?  (We’re happy to substitute a Cooking Demonstration by one of our Chefs for the hands-on activity if desired.  Add some more fun and make the whole meal.  See? We’re flexible.)   

Add Some More ‘Jolly’ to your Party
with any of the following:


  • Bar Service We offer beer, wine, mixed drinks and even specialty drinks unique to your event!
  • Party Favors: Check employee gifts off your list and send them home with a customized apron, edible gifts, gift baskets, etc.
  • Apron Decorating ‘Pre-Party’ – each guest (team?) decorates an apron (or a chef’s hat) to wear the rest of the event.  Can you say prizes for the most creative?  We can.
  • Want more?  A lunch, dinner or appetizer reception is available with each party.
  • Want live music?  No problem.

Or let us customize an event just for your group!

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or to reserve your date.



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