When the holiday season approaches at the end of each year, you may be watching your pennies. However, that does not mean that you can’t host a spectacular holiday party for your employees and still keep within your stipulated budget. No matter how big or small your budget is, it will be good to express your appreciation for your worker’s hard work for the whole year. If you are planning a corporate party, try to celebrate together in a more social rather than business-like setting.
Parties like these go a long way toward making employees feel appreciated and helps bond everyone closer and improves morale. In this article, you will receive some useful tips on how to organize a party like this and engage the entire team.
Plan early and list down ideas
Everybody knows that the trick to saving more money is to be organized and plan ahead. Now is a good time to start, and decide what kind of party you did like to have. You can start by planning your guest list, taking into account whether your employee’s spouses will be attending as well. Also, do you want to hold your holiday party at a grand upscale ballroom or an informal gathering at the comfort of your own home?
If you wish to keep the party on the smaller side, you should opt for the latter as it will save you more money. For food and beverages, do you wish to go potluck or provide everything? If you plan to provide everything, you should contact a caterer as early as you can as the busy days in the month of December fills up quickly.
Hire a fine gourmet catering service
Catering services do not necessarily have to be your standard buffet dishes; rather you can opt for fine gourmet catering services. At Eclectic Creations Catering, our chefs have designed an authentic Italian menu that is able to offer our clients a diverse range of dishes to suit any event you may have. Whether big or small, our menu offers Italian entrée’s, hors d’oeuvres to insalata’s that will impress you, your colleagues and guests.
We offer full catering services too, which means you do not have to worry about linens, glassware, flatware, dinnerware or chaffing dishes. Let us do the hard work for you while you let us bring our refined chefs to your location for Italian perfection.
Organize Afternoon Mixers at the office
Instead of treating your staff to lunch, try hosting a mixer mid-week with light beverages and finger food. Don’t hesitate to invite your employee’s significant others to join in the family atmosphere as well! You should make preparations to include a decent sound system to play some music that is suitable for the occasion, or you can also tune in to a local station that plays non-stop hits all day long. Don’t forget to go around capturing precious moments during the party; you may display them on your company’s bulletin board when the party’s over to remind everyone of good memories.
Organize Luncheons at the office
If a banquet or restaurant outing is not feasible in the meantime, you can cater a luncheon at the office as it might be less expensive than other choices. The price varies with this choice as many caterers have different kinds of menus that contain certain food selections and prices. Since a luncheon can be held on a work day for your employees, the guest count might not be too high. This would result in additional savings if you also exclude alcohol.
Select festive décor to set the appropriate mood
Hanging up a few centerpieces and festive decorations can go a long way. You can use décor such as candles and festive linens to set the correct mood or tone. If you can get hold of a hands-on committee, invite them to join you and set the room before the event. It is also a great opportunity for some team building activities too.