As fall draws near, holiday season begins. Between Halloween, Thanksgiving, Jewish holidays, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, there are several upcoming events to look forward to. However, as everyone is celebrating, it can be highly competitive in terms of securing venues and vendors.
That’s why it’s a good idea to get a head start on the planning, so you can check everything off your to-do list, stress-free, and have the holiday party of your dreams. Here are a few tips for planning a 2018 holiday party for friends, colleagues, or family.
Pick a Venue Right Away
First step? Choose your venue in advance to beat out the competition. This way you’ll have more options for date and time, so if you really want to host on an actual holiday or a desirable night of the week, like a Saturday or Friday, you have a higher chance of landing an opening. Plus, if you book early, you might even be able to get an awesome deal.
Figure Out Food & Beverage
What do you plan on including for a package for guests? Do you want a buffet, a sit-down meal, or passed appetizers? And, would you like to offer an open bar of liquor, wine, and beer, or simply choose a few select beers and wines. (For instance, wine and beer will likely be less expensive than liquor.)
Once you figure out your plan of action, you can then create the menu to your liking. It’s smart to include a few meatless or gluten-free options, so all guests can find something to nosh on.
Send Out Invites ASAP
There’s no denying it—people are at their busiest time of the year during the holiday season. Between travel, parties, and other obligations, it’s hard to make time for them all, and people will need to prioritize affairs and RSVP on a first-come, first-serve basis. So, it’s pretty important to send out invites right after choosing the venue—you’ll likely have a better turnout!
Think of the Little Details
When you have more time to plan and there’s no sense of urgency, you have time to think about the little details that can go into planning your holiday party and taking it up a notch. You can think along the lines of cake decorations, floral displays, themes, and even gift bags and giveaways. Bring in a few different factors that make your holiday party more memorable and unique. You can always discuss with your venue for vendor recommendations, as they have a lot of experience in that area.
Ready to book your next event? Contact Viper Alley on our website or by phone at 847.499.5000.