Tips for Successful Company Parties: Holiday Parties and Events
Truth be told, planning an event is never easy – not even when there’s a very small number of guests. When you add all the stress of planning a party to the pressure of doing this for your company, you can definitely understand why many employees would simply run screaming at the thought of having to deal with everything.
Don’t worry, though. There are a few things you have to keep in mind to ensure the success of your party – and we have gathered them right here. Read on to find out more.
- Plan the party the guests want. Of course, everything should be done in the limits of decency (it is, after all, a company party and regardless of whether it’s thrown for the employees or for the partners and clients, you should still follow common sense every step of the planning process).
- Make sure you know the purpose of the party so that you can align it with the planning process. Is this a party thrown to attract or retain important clients? It will most likely have to be at least a semi-formal affair. Is this a Christmas party for the team? You can go casual on this. In any case, always make the boss look good (and show guests this party is happening because senior management wanted to reward everyone with a really good time).
- Establish a budget. Even if your boss tells you that you can spend as much as you want, a budget is still necessary. And yes, you can totally throw a lower-budget party everyone will remember – it’s all about the details, in the end.
- Choose a theme. Not only will this make the party more interesting, but it will actually help you coordinate all the details in an easier, smoother way. There are tons of themes you can choose from including color-coded parties, movie-themed parties, and so on. Use your creativity and it will pay off!
- Aside from food, drinks, décor, and entertainment, make sure you provide guests with transportation (especially at the end of the party). The last thing you want is a guest getting behind the wheel after all those drinks! Show people you value their safety more than anything – it will be really nicely-perceived.
Keep your optimism – this will not be an easy task, but we’re certain you can bring along at least a couple of other team members willing to help out. Ask for help when you need it, stay focused on your plan, and smile – a party is a joyous occasion and it’s a truly wonderful thing to help people enjoy themselves and celebrate!