It’s that time of year again; shopping, family and the joys of the Holiday Season are right around the corner. If that wasn’t enough, the boss wants you to plan the Company Holiday party as well. Holiday parties are ideal for bringing your staff together to celebrate the year’s successes while showing appreciation for their hard work. To make things easier on you, we have combined a list of helpful holiday hints.
Times a Tickin’
Companies are booking their next Holiday Party by January of that year. Start planning as soon as you can, that way you are not worrying about venues when all others are booked by May. Another advantage is the last Holiday Party is fresh on your mind; you will have a better idea of what you will want to keep or change for the next year. If you are trying to keep costs down, consider booking on weekday rather than a weekend night.
Location, Location, Location
Speaking of change, if you are having your Holiday Party at the same venue every year, your guests tend to get bored which decreases attendance. Look into a place that may offer weekend packages such as Hotel Galvez in Galveston. Hotel Galvez offers two beautiful ballrooms, a spa, Sunday Brunch and an outdoor heated pool for any guests that may want to make a weekend of your event. The Tremont House offers a huge ballroom along with smaller more intimate spaces for smaller gatherings.
“I’m Only Here for the Food”
For the foodies, take your party theme and really play it up in the food. If you are going “luau” theme, then ask the chefs about an intricate tropical fruit carving, a pig roast, pineapple signature drinks or pork sliders. This will be more memorable for your guests than a traditional plated meal.
Keep the Party Going
Why shut the party down after dinner? Keep the party going with some new and unique entertainment. Involve your guests with dueling pianos or instructors to teach new dances. You can also hire a percussion group, aerialists, or a balloon drop to offer a little something special touch.
If your company allows, getting sleeping rooms for your guests is a huge advantage to having a successful event. Your guests are able to stay later and feel safer not having to drive home so late. Hotels such as the Tremont House in Galveston offer beautiful sleeping rooms as well a downtown location that your guests may enjoy the day after your party.
• For information on booking a party at Hotel Galvez & Spa, visit http://www.hotelgalvez.com or call 409.765.7721.
• For information on planning a party at The Tremont House, visit http://www.thetremonthouse.com or call 409.763.0300.