Greater Fort Dodge Holiday Hosting Guide

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22 Nov 2021


As the calendar flips to its final pages, the time to celebrate the holidays with family and friends is here! Thankfully, gatherings are safer this year, but hosting can still be stressful and time-consuming. Why not use the services of Greater Fort Dodge’s local businesses to lighten the load of your hosting duties? You’ll give yourself the break you deserve, enjoy friendly and attentive customer service, and help your neighbors.

Your visits to these local merchants can serve double duty. While you’re grabbing that bottle of wine or picking up that delectable dessert tray, check out the merchants’ gift card selections. They make excellent gifts for family, friends, and employees!

It’s time to decorate!

First things first, embrace that it is time to celebrate and let your decorations reflect that joy. Flowers are a perfect way to set the mood, bringing freshness and color to your festivities. Pick out the perfect pop of color for your tablescape! Bouquets and arrangements also make the perfect gift of appreciation for your host who is treating you to a delicious dinner or party!

Decorate for ChristmasFamily-owned and operated Becker Florists, Inc. has been proudly serving the Fort Dodge area since 1885. They offer only the finest floral arrangements, gifts, blooming plants, and foliage plants, backed by friendly and prompt service. They go the extra mile to make your floral selections and gifts perfect.

Finding yourself short on chairs for everyone you want to include on your guest list? No need to stress because Party Productions and Events has what you need to host the gathering your friends and family deserve. They have decorations galore, but did you know they have extra tables, glassware, and even bulk restaurant-service food items? Turn to Party Productions for extra glassware, tables, tents, chairs, linens, warmers, coolers, roasters, carnival games, popcorn machines, beverage servers, snow cone machines, cotton candy machines, hot dog rollers, helium tanks, and more. You can even add the special touch of personalized imprinted items through their custom print shop.

Let’s Eat!

Greater Fort Dodge has a number of eateries that can help round out your menu. Central Perk and Dessert freshly roasts their beans on-site, and their kitchen features homemade soups, sandwiches, and fresh baked goods daily. Did you know you can get brunch catered? Start a new family tradition with a holiday brunch or use them as a helping hand to feed overnight guests. 

Christmas FoodIn addition to their scrumptious full menu for dining-in or curbside-to-go, Mineral City Mill and Grill features a Family Friendly Style To Go Menu with meals that serve four to six people like cajun chicken pasta, chicken and spinach lasagna rolls, and more. Include their delicious specialties on your buffet or use them to feed your houseguests as you prepare your holiday feast. Who couldn’t use help feeding the masses the day before Thanksgiving?

Larita's Cakes N' More has been a staple of Fort Dodge since 1982. They use only the best ingredients like real butter. Their sugar cookie recipe is over 74 years old, so you know it’s good! Pick up some of their delicious goodies as the perfect ending for your holiday dinner. Looking for something fun to do over Thanksgiving? Pick up their frosting and frozen cut-out Christmas cookies to get the whole family involved in the fun part of making cookies: Decorating! They also ship their cookies to anywhere in the world.

To finish up your shopping list, visit Hy-Vee Grocery Store, Target, and Fareway Meat and Grocery. They have you covered with food and beverage galore including premade holiday meals and online ordering! Check out their catering selections, tips for entertaining, and convenient pickup options.

Don’t forget the spirits!

Greater Fort Dodge has a winery and breweries that can make your beverage game pop. Why go for the usual when you can choose local wine and beers? Soldier Creek Winery and its vineyards are a family-owned and operated business serving up high-quality reds and whites. Shop their selections for the perfect complement for your meal, and while you’re there, browse their merchandise to round out your gift list.

Christmas DrinksHave a beer enthusiast on your guest list? Grab a growler or some cans of the freshest beer around from River Hops Brewing. Remember, you can also enjoy a brew in their taproom, too. And while you’re there, why not pick up a hoodie or hat as a Christmas gift?

ShinyTop Brewing is another great option. The owners founded it with the hope of bringing a local brewing scene to North Central Iowa and they have succeeded. Pick up a growler filled with one of their signature beers to serve at home, or meet your friends and family there for a fun night of food, beer, cocktails, live music, and even some ax throwing!

Shopping locally has benefits for the whole community because your purchases boost our economy and promote future growth. For information that can help your business succeed, contact the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance at 515-955-550 or Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube

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