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What’s Your Chicago Holiday Party Style?

When you step into Galleria Marchetti, old-world European charm and friendly staff make you feel right at home. We love to see how different personalities come forth in such a welcoming family-owned and operated establishment. And this holiday season, that means helping you find your holiday party style and the event space that matches it.

With generations of experience personalizing events to create lifelong memories, you can trust our Chicago team to help you figure out which type of event and space suits your personality and event vision.

Find Holiday Party Ideas That Match Your Style

Determine Your Holiday Party Needs

Before you begin to preview sample menus and tour event spaces, it is best to know what you are looking for! Of course you want a beautiful venue and delicious food, but that will not limit your options at Galleria Marchetti. So delve into the details of your event and have fun discovering your holiday party style.

To figure out what type of event and space will best help you achieve all your event goals, think about the following questions:

  • How many guests will attend?
  • What time of day will your event be held? 
  • How long will your holiday party last? 
  • What is your event theme? 
  • What technology and amenities will you need? 

Paint a Full Picture of Your Event Options

Once you develop your complete event vision and nail down the details, you are ready to see how it all comes together at Galleria Marchetti. Let our experts bring their attention to detail and authenticity to your holiday party planning process. They can help you explore different types of holiday events and show you how unique menus and spaces can bring your vision to life.

Cocktail Receptions for Flexible Schedules

For carefree mixing and mingling, you can’t beat a cocktail reception. Guests can come directly from the office whenever they finish up work or from other holiday festivities and jump right into the event. This means they can eat and chat to their heart’s content no matter what time they arrive without fear of interrupting a formal dinner and missing the food. To facilitate good conversations and great morale, we love to set up pasta action stations with festive red marinara and green pesto sauce as well as pass popular hors d’oeuvres like mini caprese salad-topped beef sliders.

cocktail receptions
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Our passion for authentic Italian cooking is the backing behind the most welcoming and warming cocktail reception menus. It is hard to feel anything but merry when enjoying espresso brownies and limoncello cheesecake squares. But these events also naturally help guests relax because they know they can come and go on their own schedule. This flexibility lets them socialize without the stress of worrying about timelines.

Tip: If you have a relatively small guest count, check out La Pergola and La Sala Lucchese (the Lucca Room). When utilized together for events up to 125 guests, The Lucca Room works great as an anteroom with La Pergola functioning as the main party space. And for small groups that wish to be only in the indoors of the main building, the Lucca Room is great for a one-room event of up to 90 guests. Together or separate, both the indoor Lucca Room and the outdoor enclosed and heated Pergola are filled with the joy that a winter wonderland cocktail reception creates.

Plated Dinners for Formal Holiday Celebrations

If you really want to treat guests to something extra special, then a plated dinner in The Pavilion or La Sala Perugina (the Perugia Room) will suit you just right. You can bring the beauty of the season into your stylish dinner in the Perugia Room, where street-level windows and glass doors offer incredible views that are perfect for 20 or 200 guests. Have a larger group? Invite up to 400 guests to enjoy a wonderful multi-course meal in The Pavilion, our state-of-the-art heated tent. Elegant dishes like herb roasted turkey with sherry and thyme gravy fit right in with the full lead crystal dandelion chandeliers.

Plated Dinners for Formal Holiday Celebrations

When bringing your event vision to life, give as much thought to your drink service as you do to your custom menu. A formal dinner party is the time to spoil guests with our four-hour premium open bar and tableside wine service. These are a natural fit for sophisticated events at Galleria Marchetti.

Tip: Keep a consistent tone throughout your menu. Start with incredibly impressive passed hors d’oeuvres like our arancini and end with an equally amazing dessert like our warm apple crisp with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce.

Buffet Dinners for Diverse Holiday Parties

For a diverse crowd, there is no better option than a buffet dinner. From the time you enter our Chicago holiday party venue with elegant lighting and incredible outdoor views, guests will be immersed in the holiday season. And their high spirits will really soar when they find a wide array of fresh seasonal dishes. The beauty of a buffet service is that they can pick and choose exactly what they like.

As you customize your appetizer, salad, pasta, entrée, sides and dessert stations, think about pleasing everyone—something that is completely within reason with a buffet dinner. Seasonal ingredients provide plenty of ways to add a fresh twist on nearly every dish. So take each and every one up a notch to design delectable items like roasted pork loin with apple cider demi glace.

Buffet Dinners for Diverse Holiday Parties

Decades of experience and a steadfast commitment to superior food and service make every holiday party at Galleria Marchetti exceptional. So choose whichever style suits your event best, and let our expert team customize it to match your vision. It all starts when you drop us a message online or give us a call at (312) 563-0495.

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