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6 Tips for Company Holiday Party Planning

Brigitte Xu

November 29, 2023

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Over the years, Cater2.me has been involved in our fair share of Holiday parties. Read on below for our 6 best tips for planning an unforgettable holiday party! 

1. Set the Date Early

The best holiday parties are those where everyone can attend, so choosing your date well in advance is crucial. As soon as you pick a date, send out your invites. This allows your guests to mark their calendars early, helping to ensure a great turnout and avoid the common holiday schedule clashes.

2. Create a Festive Atmosphere

Nothing says ‘holiday party’ like the right decorations, which can transform a familiar space into a magical venue. Whether it’s classic red and green, glittering silver and gold, or a unique theme of your own, decorations create the festive mood. Invest in some eye-catching pieces and ambient lighting to make the setting truly special. 

3. Plan a Diverse Menu

Food is at the heart of any party, and the holidays are no exception. It’s important to offer a variety that caters to different dietary needs, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices. Remember to include a special holiday-themed drink, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions, and finish with a dessert that’s sure to impress. 

4. Arrange Entertainment and Activities

Entertainment is what keeps the party going! Make sure the entertainment you choose is suited to your guests’ tastes and keeps the holiday cheer alive. A DJ, band, or playlist should reflect the holiday spirit and get people on the dance floor. Interactive games or a secret Santa exchange are great for laughs and camaraderie. Additionally, planned activities can be the highlight of your holiday party, prompting guests to interact and enjoy themselves. Consider setting up a photo booth with props that tie into the holiday theme, or organize games that everyone can participate in. 

5. Provide Transport Options

Providing transportation options is a thoughtful touch that can make the difference in attendance, as it ensures guests can enjoy themselves without worrying about how they’ll get home. Options can range from designated drivers to ride-sharing credits or shuttle services, contributing to a safer celebration for everyone. 

6. Send Guests Off with Party Favors

Sending your guests home with a party favor is a gesture of appreciation that can leave a lasting impression. Whether it’s a small holiday ornament, a baked treat, or a personalized item, the right party favor will end your celebration on a heartwarming note. 

By taking these tips into account, your holiday party is sure to be an event that’s both enjoyable and unforgettable for all your guests.

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