Summer has come and gone and it is officially autumn. It is never too early to start planning your holiday parties! From Halloween to Thanksgiving, Christmas to Hanukah, 2015 will be here before we blink. Whether your celebration is for the office or friends and family, here are a few ideas to get you in the spirit:
- Halloween seems to be about kids, costumes and candy! Make your office party unique and memorable by having a murder mystery party. You can purchase pre-made kits or create your own story using your company’s history, employees and location.
- Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and appreciate loved ones. Spread the appreciation with your friends and neighbors. Rather than taking on cooking a whole meal, include the neighbors and house hop! A different dish or snack at each home.
- Christmas is a great time of the year but within an office setting, make sure to remember all celebrations. Hanukah, Kwanza, or Las Posadas are also holidays in the month of December. Get the team together to decorate the office and make sure to have pieces from each tradition.
Now that ideas are churning, don’t forget to plan ahead! Now is the time to start the planning process. Here is a helpful checklist to get you started:
- Decide on the type of party you will be hosting. Casual, extravagant, employee plus one?
- Create a budget. You might already have this established.
- Make a guest list.
- Set a date. If Friday or Saturday does not work try hosting on a Thursday.
- Select a venue and caterer. Will the festivities be held in the office? At the boss’ house? Catering will depend on the venues rules and regulations.
- Choose a host and or speaker. This is a great time to acknowledge your staff, family and friends.
- Plan your entertainment. Will you have a live band or DJ? Try intertwining small activities for your employees to enjoy.
- Create and send out invitations. The invitation should reflect the theme and dress code.
So, now you have some helpful hints to throw a great holiday party! Get excited, prepare ahead and make sure to follow this easy checklist. Keep in mind that Do Good Events is always here to help!