Tips for Throwing a Company Holiday Party
Company holiday parties are great! However, they require a lot of work to plan and execute. We’ve put together 5 tips for throwing a great company holiday party.
- Start Early: It’s never to early to start securing your venue and working out the details of your holiday party. Early December is one of the busiest times for venues, so securing your venue early on ensures you get your pick of all the amazing venues in your city. If you are looking to book any entertainment, starting early is also a good idea. This is a busy time for everyone, so getting the major details in place: time, date, venue, entertainment taken care of early means you aren’t scrambling (and stressed) later on.
- Non-negotiables: Most likely you are going to have to sacrifice something you had in mind for this party. This can occur because of budget, time, availability or a variety of other reasons. Understanding early on in the planning process what are “must haves” vs. “nice to haves” will allow you to quickly make decisions regarding pricing estimates and bookings.
- Ask for help/input: Planning the holiday party is a lot of work and pressure! You want to make sure everyone has a great time, so ask for help or input if you need it. Talk to your coworkers about what they would like to see in the holiday party and if they have any time to help you source out venues or other items on your to do list. You probably can’t please everyone but by understanding what is important to people you can plan a party that will please most!
- Organization: Staying organized is key! If you have a team helping you, create a responsibility matrix. Keep a spreadsheet of everything that needs to get done with due dates, assigned parties, etc. Both of these items will keep you organized and allow you to figure out where you stand on outstanding items. Check out our resource center for more planning tips.
- Don’t shy away from a theme!: A theme gives the planner a focus. If you have a theme then a lot of the big and small details start to fall into place. You’ll know what type of entertainment you need, decorations, ambiance, etc. Also, a theme also allows your guests to easily know what to expect and what to wear for the occasion. You can go for as glamourous as Great Gatsby to as simple as an ugly sweater party depending on your company and budget.
Now that you’ve got the tips, check out some of our great venues to host your holiday party!
Overwhelmed? Check out our blog post about why January holiday parties are a great idea!