Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Easy 10-Step Planning Guide to Planning the Perfect Holiday Party

The Office Party | Something to Look Forward to Each Year

Holiday party planning encompasses much of what is right in the world today. Friends who come together to celebrate the holidays are actually reaffirming the friendships of past years and the accumulation of new ones throughout the year. This year is different though. This year you have the responsibility of arranging a wonderful company, holiday event. Here are the best, top ten holiday party plans for a company holiday party.

Get Your Theme Straight | Party Plans with a Purpose

Many holiday events require some sort of theme to go along with the actual event. Employees enjoy themes because they can leave their normal personality at the door and enjoy the theme as if they were a player of a part; a role. Themed office parties are one way to get the whole office involved. Pick the right theme and you will find everyone enjoys themselves a little more this holiday season

What’s on the Agenda? | Get Your Ideas in Order

In order for a well-planned event to go off without a hitch, the planner must organize their agenda and follow it explicitly. Agendas detail the when, why, where, and how of your party. Sticking to the agenda means you can utilize the flow of the party to your advantage. Get an agenda now and you’ll save yourself time, money, and trouble once the party is over.

Gift Giving Promotes Relationships New and Old

Now is the perfect time to exchange gifts. If the holiday party you are planning is the Christmas party for work, allowing gift exchanges is recommended, but keeping the gift giving to one individual per person works well when many are attending and only some will receive gifts. While gift giving shows the recipient how much they mean to you, never forget that if you are the only one handing out gifts, it will appear like you are trying to obtain future gratitude and therefore going against all the team building the holiday party represents.

To Drink or Not to Drink | It’s a good Holiday Party Question

Alcohol can ruin an otherwise perfect holiday office party if one of your coworkers decides that too much alcohol is never enough. You know the type, drinks one, two, three, four, and five drinks. Seems like everything is going well until they are talking louder than everyone else and their decisions become clouded by their drinking. If you have any doubt as to why you should serve alcohol, we recommend you leave it out of a well p0lanned office party. Why risk what you don’t have to. There is fun to be had even without drinking if you have planned well and have something for everyone, even the drinkers who don’t get to drink.

Recognizing the Best Every Year

Now is the time for recognition of employees who went above and beyond for the company. Include some time for the highest ranking member of the company to say some words about the previous year and the employees who worked hard to bring success to the table. By offering some simple recognition at the holiday office party this year, you will surely be making your coworkers happy during this happiest time of year.

What Kind of Event? | To Break the Rules or Not

Planning a Holiday Party for home or office places the responsibility squarely on the shoulders of the planner. It becomes imperative that the type of event planned for coincides with the attendees and their point of view of the event. Never leave your guests guessing as what to expect this holiday party. Knowing thewho, what, when, and where of the event makes it easier for attendees to know what to wear, bring, and how to enjoy this gathering of friends and coworkers.
Choose a Date and Time that Works for the Most People
Organizing a party is hard. Arranging for guests to attend is just as hard and comes with as much unknowing as the type of event and all the other plans before being planned. Set a date and time and then let it be known well ahead of the party. That way you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the turn out. Forget to get the word out and you’ll find your budget is wasted by a lack of attendees and abundance of foods and goods for the offerings. Most companies look to host a holiday party during the second week of December. The first week sees 33% of companies hosting their event. The second week of December see 28% of companies holding their annual party. Fridays are the most common day to throw a holiday party for coworkers with 50% being held on a Friday, 16% on Saturdays, 15% on Thursdays and then the remaining 19% being spread out over the remaining days of the week in December.

Guests or Coworkers| The Plus One Dilemma

Holiday Parties come with more than just employees and coworkers. Because American companies recognize the importance of life outside of work, employees will be able to bring at least one guest to the event as it promotes more relationship building among the company. When families become vested in the work that their partner or family member is performing. Being able to bring them to the holiday party does two things, shows the company what type of employees they have, and that the family member can see the benefits of company for themselves. Many Christmas parties ended with increased loyalty and devotion from employees after a successfully arranged and executed holiday party.

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Don’t Forget the Invites | Everyone who Should be There Should be There

Now is not the time to hold grudges against coworkers. Get ready to make a list and get the invitations in the mail. While there is much planning that must be done before invitations go out, venue, date, time of the event, but as soon as you have the answers for a few of these questions, you can begin invite those who will be wanting to attend.

To Venue or Not to Venue | Office Parties at the Office

Believe it or not, most offices have better accommodations than a public restaurant. Take a stroll through your office. Is there room to host your party? Will catering cost more than dining? Is it easier and cheaper to do it at the office or away? Will your budget bloom or fade away with each decision you make. Continue to read the Planning a Holiday Party blog for more insight on how to get the most from your party planning when you inform yourself on everything there is to know to throw a successful office party.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

How to Plan to Plan for a Holiday Party

Event Planning for Planning an Event

Everyone has to start somewhere. Party planning during the holidays is important to every host and hostess who sponsors a gathering. It's important to you and your guests because this holiday spirit is received all year long from occasions that have brought your together throughout the year. You're on your way to planning a big holiday party, but you need some motivation. Everything will go great if you have planned for the specifics. It's always the right time to produce a gathering of friends for a special event like the holidays presents us with.

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Planning to have More Friend Over This Holiday

Inviting your friends over to a carefully crafted home and hearth can be rewarding in more ways than you think. So far your guests are invited and your home is decorated or planned to be decorated to match the season AND the event. You have the groceries on a list. Now is the time to organize everything to do with the food service of the guests. Rooms with tables, chairs with side tables and standing cocktail hours all must be managed in a way that does not take away from the conversations and revelry being enjoyed. Party rental companies will have every kind of glass and flatware you can think of for as many guests as you have coming. Selecting the right one will improve your chances of coming under budget as the planning progresses. When you plan to throw a big party for a lot of friends this holiday, don't forget to have more than you'll need because you'll have more friends celebrating this year.

What it takes to Plan a Big Holiday Party

Table linens, napkins and screens. Centerpieces, lighting and sound. All the senses can be entertained and for the most successful gatherings all the senses should be entertained. I's the holiday season after all, have the experience or learn about the experience for yourself. Expect to pay for help if you want to be sure you get a good result and you're not the one holding the food tray while your guests are enjoying your party. Before inquiring about hiring an event planner, learn how to get information that you can use from websites and blogs like this. Learn it and then make it happen.

A First Holiday Event Host or Hostess: Planning a Holiday Party

All first-time holiday hosts or hostesses have tools available for free online but the budget you have will determine what you will be able to offer your guests once they arrive. Your budget does NOT determine the level of enjoyment of your guests, only the amount of work you'll have to do yourself. Tomorrow we move away from the planning and into the plan!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Getting Ready to Ring in a New Year by Celebrating BIG this Holiday Season

Summer Heat Melts Winter Party Chills

 It's only the middle of summer but I'm thinking about New Year's Eve. Each sunrise brings it closer to being an influence on your life. This year you've planned to plan a party for many of your good friends and family. Coworkers and associates. This year you're not going to be a victim to another of those parties. This party will be yours and you might as well be thinking in July what you're going to be doing in December.

 It's Holiday Party Season

It's the holiday season and Halloween has just passed. Candy wrappers still litter the corner gutters and hallways of homes and neighborhoods. October turns quickly to November and the holiday spirit is beginning to roil and boil. If you haven't got a date set for your big party by now, you'll find that your choices for holding an event outside the home will be difficult to arrange. The closer to the end of December you get, the more real throwing a party at your house becomes a reality. It doesn't mean you have to panic, it just means you have to start making decisions now instead of later.

 Plan a Holiday Party Like a Pro

There's a lot to do when you agree to arrange for a gathering of friends, family, and important people. You shouldn't leave it to chance everything will fall into place. Make it great or don't make it at all. You are on your way to the best event ever. You utilized high-quality service vendors and staff. Experience helped you enjoy the time you spent arranging the perfect gathering and allowed you time to enjoy the party too! But where do you start? This might be your first family meal. Do you go ahead and turn the responsibility over to someone else or do you learn how to plan and execute the perfect holiday party?

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How Good Examples Never Fade: Repeated Event Successes

Having a good example to learn from is a great way to avoid the pitfalls of poor party planning. Even knowledgeable planners have to sometimes use their experience to overcome an unforeseen hurdle. You should have a partner who can help you understand everything that goes into planning a great party for people you care about. Now that you decided to plan your own holiday party, and it's going to big big, it doesn't have to cost more than you're willing to pay to be a big extravaganza.