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Paul Spano


The end of the year is right around the corner, and that means it’s almost the holiday season as well. It’s time to start planning the office holiday party.

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Before you get started, you might ask yourself, how do you host a good party?

Hosting a good party hinges on good planning. If you try to wing it, you’ll likely run into more trouble than you bargained for on the day of the party. Food might not arrive, or it may be in short supply. Your decorations might feel rushed, or you may not be able to book a venue or the entertainment you were eyeing.

The sooner you can start planning the office holiday party, the more likely it is you’ll host a good party.

The Office Holiday Party Takes Planning

Many people assume they don’t need to spend much time planning the office party. They think they can start planning maybe a week or two beforehand. They set the date and maybe they book the venue in advance, but they leave the other essentials to the last minute.

This often leaves people scrambling to get everything in order. You may not be able to book the entertainment you want, or maybe you can’t find anyone available on your dates.

You might also find yourself scrambling when it comes to catering and food. This is not a situation you want, as food is one of the most important parts of any successful party. People remember if the food was less than stellar.

The Holiday Season Is Busy

Another reason to start planning the office holiday party now is so that you can actually book the people and services you want and need.

You’re not the only one planning a holiday party at this time of year. Your venue might be booked, or your preferred caterer was booked weeks ago. The sooner you start planning, the sooner you can book the services you need. You’ll have a better chance of getting your preferred providers.

Avoid the Last-Minute Scramble

The holiday season is often a demanding one for many people, so why add to the list of last-minute tasks?

The last thing you want to do is scramble to plan the office party. The sooner you begin planning, the sooner the pieces will begin falling in place. There will already be many different tasks you’ll need to take care of on the day of the party. Don’t risk making the list even longer.

Planning early can help you enjoy the party just as much as your co-workers.

Get a Better Deal and Save the Budget

Planning the holiday party now can also mean cost savings for your organization. If you book at the last minute, you may be charged marked-up prices or rush fees. It’s a pretty good way to guarantee you’re going to go over budget.

If you plan early, you may be able to take advantage of discounted prices or deals. At the very least, you shouldn’t see any rush charges mounting on the invoices.

Give Your Attendees Time to Plan

The other reason you should begin planning the office holiday party now is that it will give your guests more time to plan. If you can give them a time, date, and venue, they’ll have a better idea of how feasible it is to go.

They can also begin planning carpooling or routes to the party, as well as rides home afterwards. If you can tell them about games, prizes, and even themes, they can make all the plans they need to have a great time.

If you haven’t started planning your office party just yet, now’s the time to get started.

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Paul Spano

With over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Paul was the driving force that brought Seventh Heaven together back in 2001. Having started his career in the kitchen, Paul’s passion and thirst for knowledge helped him move quickly through the ranks. He is now Seventh Heaven’s Senior Sales Consultant, Event Planner, and Director of Venue Development. Managing different venues that seat 750 to 1800 guests, Paul brings exceptional operational skills to his role. No matter what you envision or what your dreams and desires are, Paul makes them a reality by getting it done. According to Paul, there is no greater joy than surpassing all of your clients’ and guests’ expectations. His expertise and passion make him one of the pillars of Seventh Heaven.
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