Holiday Party Planning: What You Need To Know

    September 28, 2016

    Who doesn’t love a good holiday party to end the year of countless meetings and hard work? Other than booking your event through EVENTup, there are definitely some things you should know about the holiday party planning process.

    1. Book Early

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    You might not be feeling all that merry yet, but booking your venue early is the most important step in the process of hosting a corporate holiday party. Especially in big cities like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, venues begin to sell out months before the holidays chime in. Work early to reserve your corporate venue space. When booking the venue, keep size and tone (and budget!) in mind to ensure you are meeting your party needs.

    2. About That “Plus 1”

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    When booking an event as such, you want to extend the invitation to the “plus 1”. Take this into account when searching venue spaces. In addition, it’s important you have a RSVP By [blank] date. This way, when it comes time to make some final decisions and details (e.g. food), you have an accurate number of guests.

    3. Be Considerate

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    A must when planning any event! Keep in mind of guests who may have any allergies, such as gluten or soy, or dietary needs, such as vegan or vegetarian. Work with the venue to make sure all of your guests can be accommodated for. Although it may seem like a simple task, it’s never one you want to forget!

    4. Stick To Your Budget

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    If we get lucky, we always find some spare room in our budget to splurge on extras like food or decorations. Resist the temptation! You always want to have extra room in your budget in case if anything immediate comes up. Plus, if you end up saving money you can better budget next year’s holiday extravaganza!

    5. Photographers

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    Capture the moment! Hiring a photographer is a great investment for a corporate holiday party. You’ll get photos to show off your company culture and your guests will have an album of memories to share from the night.

    6. Celebrate!

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    This is most likely one of the only times your office can all come together to celebrate every year. When the event comes, don’t worry about making sure every detail is perfect! Enjoy the event with all of your co-workers, it is why you planned it in the first place!

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