It’s almost time to start planning your corporate holiday party again.
Why have a corporate holiday party?
There are several good reasons to have a holiday party for your corporate staff. One reason is that it helps your staff celebrate the season. It can also be a way to thank them for a job well done over the course of the past year. Other reasons include reinforcing a sense of community for your employees, and allowing employees to get dressed up and have fun.
In recent years, many companies have scaled back their holiday parties. There are a few reasons for this, including budget and concerns about employee behaviour at the party. Nonetheless, a holiday party is a morale boost for your employees and worth hosting.
Whether last year’s party was only so-so or amazing, you want to be sure this year’s party is memorable for all your guests. Here’s how you can ensure this year’s party is a rousing success.
Book the Right Venue for Your Corporate Holiday Party
One of the key elements of a successful holiday party is booking the right venue. You should plan and book early to avoid disappointment.
Think about the venue you had last year. Did it meet all of your expectations? Did it work well for you and your guests? If parking was difficult to access or the venue was very far from the office, you might want to rethink it.
There are many great and varied venues all around the GTA. Do some research and discover the right one for your holiday bash.
Pick a Theme
One thing you may not have done last year was pick a theme. Not every party needs a theme, but having one can pull the event together. You might think a holiday party already has a “theme,” but a theme can be as simple as the food you choose to serve or the colours you use to decorate.
Your theme can inform decorations, the dress code, the entertainment, and even the food choices. It may even influence the event venue you select for your corporate holiday party.
Book the Right Caterer
The food is often the highlight of a corporate event, and your holiday party is no exception. Think back on the food you served last year. Was it amazing, or was it a little bit lacklustre?
If your guests raved about last year’s menu, you’ll probably want to book the same caterer. If the menu left a lot to be desired, it’s time to do some research and find somebody new to cater your event.
Be sure to consider dietary restrictions for your guests. Think about tying your food into the theme of the party, and be willing to work with the caterer to create a fantastic menu that’s sure to please.
How will your employees be spending the evening? Dinner and drinks is often a solid plan, but you’ll likely want to offer up some additional entertainment.
Games are quite easy to incorporate into your corporate holiday party, as is dancing. You might want to consider a venue with built-in capabilities for either. Raffles, door prizes, and other contests can also add an element of fun to the party.
You might want to consider hiring a DJ, a singer or band, or another act to entertain and wow your guests.
Set a Budget
Don’t forget to set a budget while planning your corporate holiday party. While you want to top last year’s party, you probably don’t want to spend double the budget. Setting a budget will help you achieve the goal of a great party without breaking the bank.
If you’re not sure how to get started with your corporate holiday party planning, get in touch with the experts today. They can help you every step of the way.