Corporate Holiday Party: Wrapping up the Year In Style
The end of the year can be a hurried, busy time filled with holiday preparations, end of the year projects and a steady stream of party invites. It is likely that one of your invites may include a company holiday party, the annual end year celebration of new and old business.
If you find yourself with the responsibility of planning your company’s holiday party, the team at Creative Transformations has a few ideas to help you along the way.
Keep it Classic – or Shake It Up.
Every office will have different expectations for their annual holiday gathering. First consider if your business will be receptive to a traditional venue, such a country club, ballroom or a restaurant versus a reception at a local brewery, museum or restored industrial space.
Location, Location, Location
Whether you are planning a casual party or an extravagant gala, selecting an accessible location is vital. Scout parking options for a downtown venue and try to arrange timing that will work around busy traffic patterns. If you are opting for a cozy location in the country factor in road accessibility to avoid a white knuckled drive into the snow belt. Winter weather patterns can be hard to predict and your guests will appreciate this nod of consideration for their travels.
Festive Fare & Drinks
Keep your event’s theme in mind when it comes to selecting your menu and bar options. Formal does not need to mean boring. Feature locally made wines and beers with a custom chef paired menu. Interactive food stations remain popular such as a build- your own mac & cheese station. Arrange a balanced menu to include colorful vegetable displays and healthier Mediterranean options.
Select entertainment that will keep your guests in the holiday spirit and away from work talk. Keep in mind logistics and inquire about your venue’s AV capabilities before securing entertainment. A live band is always a good idea but you will want to be sure they will work with the acoustics and capacity of the room. Hire a service to bring in classic arcade games or a themed virtual reality station. A company-wide charitable donation drive is also a positive way to close the year.
Lastly there is always the option of karaoke just be sure to avoid the mix of too many spirits with an open mic (your Monday morning self will thank you).
Decking the Halls
Transform your event space to create a whimsical wonderland with lighting, rich linens and sparkling glassware. From Scandinavian inspired winter textures, bold winter glam or a modern spin on red and green, the team at Creative Transformations is happy to assist with your upcoming holiday decorating needs.
We wish you a happy & cheerful holiday season!