Friday, April 25, 2014

Choose Zacharys To Cater Your Party!

If you're in the market for a venue that can host your special event, then you've come to the right place. Choosing a venue can be tough in the beginning stages of party planning, especially when there is a lot that your venue needs to be able to accommodate. That's where we come in! Here at Zacharys, we provide a catering hall with state of the art sound and lighting that can be available for a variety of events. We provide a unique atmosphere that is causal yet sophisticated and we can design a menu that will leave your guests wanting more. The following is a list of services we offer:
  • Weddings
  • Engagement Parties
  • Anniversaries
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
  • Sweet Sixteens
  • Quinceaneras
  • Theme parties
  • Graduations
  • Corporate Events
For each of these special events, we include an event planner that will help to select your menu, decorations, entertainment and more. As a catering venue, we pride ourselves on our ability to create a menu that is both exciting and spontaneous while meeting your personal preferences and needs. In addition to our delicious food, we are also known for our beautiful presentations, great service, and handcrafted desserts!

We also know that entertainment is key for any party; that's why we provide a DJ/MC that is available to plan every aspect of your party's affairs, including entrances, dances and more. Our layout includes a centrally located dance floor with seating around the perimeter. Services also include a photographer and videographer that can capture your special day.

Choosing the right venue is essential for your party to be a success. Choose Zacharys! For more information about our services, visit us at or call us at 516-794-9770.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

How to Throw an "Around the World" Party

Have you ever dreamed about traveling around the world? Most of us have dreams of visiting famous cities like London, Paris and Rome, but when we talk about it we often find ourselves saying the same old phrase: "one day." With an "around the world" theme party, you can turn your "one day" into "today" in just a few simple steps. Here are some tips that can help you plan a party that brings your vacation hot spot right to your door:

1. Destination: To begin planning your party, pick a location that you want to design your theme around. This can be any city or country that you've always wanted to go to. Also, try to pick somewhere that provides a lot of options for your menu, decorations and entertainment - this will help you in the long run!

2. Decorations: Next, research the culture you've chosen and pick out a few of the traditions or landmarks that best represent it. Then, find creative ways to incorporate them into your decorations! Lastly, don't forget to include the flag of your chosen country to your list.

3. Menu: Like you did with the decorations, do some research on the food one would typically find in your country. Try to find their most popular appetizer, main course, and of course, their dessert! For an around the world party, consider a buffet style dinner so that people can sample different kinds of food from the given culture.

Once you've figured out all of these details, it's time to outline what will happen during your party. Will there be a costume contest? What about the music? Every detail of your party should somehow be related to the location you've chosen and should make your guests feel like they've been transported to a foreign place. With just a little bit of research and careful planning, your "around the world" party can make you feel like you've finally been to the place you always dreamed of. Where will you go?

Choose Zacharys to host your theme party! We are available to provide an event planner that will help you plan every detail of your party and will focus on picking out decorations that will capture the look and feel of your theme. Contact us at 516-794-9770 for more information on how we can help!

Friday, April 18, 2014

How To Plan A Graduation Party

The end of the school year is an exciting time for students in general, but it's even more exciting for those who are graduating. If this year marks the completion of your child's academic career at any level, you've probably considered throwing a graduation party to celebrate. With the ceremony just around the corner, it's time to solidify your plans and make sure all of your details are in place. The following is a list of steps you can take to plan the perfect graduation party:

1. Start with the "Who:" First, you must consider who you plan on inviting. Is it a family only event? Will you invite teachers, coaches, or school administrators that heavily influenced your child's educational experience? Some families even prefer to do a combined party with one of the graduates' friends if the guest list seems to be pretty similar.

2. Move on to the "What:" Next, figure out what food, decorations and entertainment you plan to have. Make sure you consider your budget and decide how much money you want to dedicate to each aspect of the party.

3. Next comes the "When:" This step can be tricky, especially if many of the graduates plan on having a party. Start by deciding whether your party will take place during the day or at night, and then move on to picking a date. Make sure to coordinate dates with other graduates to prevent the absence of guests who would have to choose between multiple parties.

4. Finish with the "Where:" Once you've decided when, it's time to decide where your party will take place. Will it be at your home or at a venue? If you're booking a venue, book in advance as to not get shut out of the date you want. For a venue that provides quality service, choose Zacharys!

A graduation is more than just a tradition, it is a milestone in your child's life that represents their hard work and dedication to learning. Celebrating your child's achievements with a graduation party is the perfect way to congratulate them and recognize them for all they have done. Let us help you plan your menu, decorations and entertainment to make this day memorable. Call us at (516) 794-9770.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Luau Party Tips

Despite the lingering cold temperatures, it's officially the spring season and you know what that means - warm weather, sunny skies and summer just around the corner. But what if you could start the summer early? The good news is: you can! To wash away the winter blues and get into the summer spirit, consider throwing a Hawaiian luau party. We've collected the following tips to help you plan the perfect summer bash. Aloha! 

Send guests invitations decorated with tropical flowers and bright colors to set the mood. For added creativity, consider sending invitations in the shape of a sandal or coconut. 

To transport your guests to the Hawaiian islands, include decorations that represent Hawaiian culture. The following is a list of decorations that are sure to do the trick:
  1. Tiki lights
  2. Lei necklaces
  3. Sea shells 
  4. Grass skirt tablecloths
  5. Bright colored flowers
For your menu, select items that are typically associated with Hawaii. Examples include a cucumber salad, egg rolls, ribs, coconut or pineapple cake, and of course, a tropical punch to wash it down. If you're looking to stick with your own favorite foods, consider a buffet where you lay out the food in a tropical design. For example, present your favorite fruits in the shape of a palm tree. 

To keep guests entertained, include activities such as sand art, hula hooping and limbo. If you anticipate a guest list full of children, consider a station where kids can design their own grass skirts or make their own lei necklaces.

For more luau party tips, click here.
Once you've decided on your party's theme (or even if you're still thinking), it's time to connect with a reputable venue. That's where we come in! At Zacharys, we are available to host any kind of theme party. Services include an event planner who will assist in planning your menu, decorations and entertainment. Celebrate the right way; call us at (516) 794-9770 today.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Wedding Favor Ideas

As your wedding reception comes to an end, it's nice to give your guests a little something to take home to commemorate your special day. Although you've just given your guests a night full of delicious food and entertainment, party favors are a great way to say thank you and show appreciation to your guests for helping you celebrate. Recent party trends show that DIY favors are growing in popularity and are taking over the party scene. Not only do they allow you to personalize your favors by crafting them yourself, but they are also a great way to involve friends and family who want to help. For inspiration, here are some DIY favor ideas that you can use:

Caramel Apples: Caramel apples are a great favor for guests of all ages. First, attach your apple to a stick, then dip in caramel, and finish by coating with a topping! Guests are sure to go nuts for this super sweet favor.

Bag of Recpies: Give your guests a taste of the evening to take home; create personalized tote bags (wallet sized), and include either your favorite recipes or recipes from the evening's food inside.

Homemade Cookies: Food is always a great favor; guests love it! While you wait for your cookies to bake, consider decorating to-go boxes for each of your guests that will act as a cookie container and of course, an extra keepsake.

Wedding Flash Drive: Just because guests have to go home doesn't mean the party has to really end. Before the reception, create a flash drive that includes the night's play list as well as any photos or videos that you think reflect your special day. Don't forget to email your guests photos and videos from the night afterwards that they can download and save to the flash drive themselves!

Candy Bars: Whether you make the bars or buy them, there's still room to personalize them. Select a few of your favorite photos of the bride and groom, and print them onto lightweight paper. Then, remove the outer wrapping from the bar and replace it with your photo.

For more great wedding favors, click here.

When you plan your wedding, don't forget to choose Zacharys to cater your special day! Our services include an event planner who can help select menu options and plan your decorations and entertainment. Your guests will enjoy chic appetizers, towering culinary displays, signature cocktails and of course, your wedding cake!

A wedding signifies love and the bonding of two people who truly care for each other. Start your life together the right way; call us at (516) 794-9770.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

How To Throw a "Time Travel" Theme Party

Have you ever wanted to go back in time? Say, to a decade from your childhood, or maybe even to an era from before you were born? If you're looking for a reason to celebrate with friends and family, consider a time travel party where you and your guests can venture back to some of your best memories or to historical time periods you wish you could've been a part of. Check out these tips for some inspiration to help you get started:
  1. Pick A Time Period: Before you can outline all of your party's details, you must decide on the time period that your party will reflect. Once you've made a decision, design your invitations in a way that matches the time period to get your guests in the mood before they even arrive.
  2. Suggest Costumes: To really set the tone, ask your guests to come dressed in costumes that match your party's theme. Encourage guests to be creative, and for some added fun, consider including a costume contest into the night's festivities.
  3. Decorations: Choosing the right decorations are crucial for any theme party. Before deciding on your decor, do some research on your time period to learn about what was popular, and then come up with the materials that you think will reflect it best.
  4. Music: A party isn't a party unless there's music. For your theme party, create a playlist of songs that were popular during the time period you've chosen and have them play throughout the night. For some extra entertainment, consider a game of "name that tune."
  5. Role Play: If your guests are going to come dressed up, why not dress up as an iconic person from the given time period? Encourage guests to come dressed as a celebrity, political leader, or other influential person that really captures the theme you're going for.
If you can't seem to make a decision on a time period, remember that you can always ask guests to choose one of their own! For some more tips on how to throw the perfect time travel party, click here.

Here at Zacharys, we specialize in hosting any and all theme parties. Services include an event planner who will help you plan the perfect night and work with you to coordinate every detail of your party. At Zacharys we know how difficult decorating can be for a theme party; that's why we will help by providing creative ideas that will capture the look and feel of your party. Let us take you back in time - call us at (516) 794-9770.

Friday, April 4, 2014

How to Throw the Perfect Bar/Bat Mitzvah

If your son or daughter is approaching the age of 13, you're probably thinking about the preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. This is an extremely important time in a young man or woman's life, as it is considered their coming of age ceremony within their faith. After the traditional ceremony, a party is usually thrown for the guest of honor and it tends to be one they will never forget. So how can you plan the perfect party for your child? We've collected some tips to help you get started:

Plan Ahead: Begin thinking about your child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah long before they turn 12 or 13. By planning ahead, you set yourself up for saving money because you have the chance to book your venue and temple service in advance rather than at the last minute. Additionally, this allows you enough time to get all of your other details in place.

Theme: Most Bar and Bat Mitzvah parties include a theme. This can be anything your child chooses, but make sure it is something that you can incorporate into all aspects of your party. See our previous blog for some theme ideas.

Entertainment: Chances are many of your child's friends will be planning their parties around the same time; that's why it's a good idea to think of ways to make your party stand out. Rather than stick to traditional forms of entertainment, think outside of the box and plan something extraordinary. Also, pick an DJ that can cater to all your guests' music preferences, and consider hiring a photographer to capture the most exciting moments of the night.

Menu: Bar and Bat Mitzvah's usually include a buffet style dinner. Since most of your guests will be around the age of 13, include a kids buffet that includes popular food such as pizza, chicken fingers and french fries. To satisfy their sweet tooth, think about including a candy bar for a pre-dessert snack! And the good news? At Zacharys we offer both!

Most importantly, choosing the right venue is crucial in planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Choose Zacharys for your child's special day! You will find everything you need to celebrate at either of our two catering locations. Services include an event planner that will help to coordinate each detail of your event and help you create a menu that caters to both adults and your honoree's circle of friends. We are able to provide gourmet non-kosher and kosher menus.

Call us at 516-794-9770 today!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

How To Throw A Baseball Theme Party


In honor of opening day occurring this week, it's time to get into the baseball spirit. Whether you're planning your child's birthday party or are just looking for an excuse to have some good old family fun, consider throwing a baseball themed party to celebrate! To help you plan your party, we've collected some guidelines that you can follow to make your party a home run.

Invitations: Reveal your theme through the invitations you use. Choose a design that includes different baseball items, and use a color scheme that matches your favorite team. Lastly, alert guests if you'd like them to dress up in baseball attire or want them to bring equipment for a quick pick up game.

Menu: For your menu, include food and drinks that one would typically find at a ballpark. This means planning for hot dogs, burgers, pretzels, water, soda and sports drinks. And don't forget the ketchup and mustard! If your party is to celebrate a birthday, consider ordering a baseball themed birthday cake.

Activities: To get the full baseball effect, consider making time to play a game of baseball or have a catch. If you're looking to keep your party indoors, try laying out plain t-shirts with fabric markers and paint where guests can create their own team shirts or jerseys. Finally, if you know your party will include a lot of little kids, think about showing a baseball themed movie to keep them occupied.

Favors: Last but not least, make your party favors reflect the theme of your party. Some ideas including handing out baseballs, plastic bats, or goody bags that include other baseball themed items.

Don't strike out on your venue; choose Zacharys to host your party! If you're planning a theme party, we have everything you need. Our party planners will work with you on your menu and entertainment, and we will especially focus on choosing decorations that will capture your theme. Call us at 516-794-9770 to begin planning your party today!