1) Define what you want to accomplish- all great holiday parties have an outcome in mind whether it's raising money for a local organization, boosting company morale amongst different departments, or meeting/creating an organizational goal. In order to get a bigger buy in and encourage larger organizational participation, create a fun theme that encourages philanthropy and teamwork.
2) Determine your budget-- Plan on your budget breaking down similar to this:
30% on program and entertainment
30% on food and beverage
15% on venue
15% on rentals
10% on planning / logistics
3) Hire amazing entertainment -whether you plan on hiring a DJ, a band, live performers etc, make sure your entertainment has enough energy to keep your audience engaged. Your entertainment should include an emcee; someone who can oversee the entire event, facilitate announcements, manage the timeline, but most importantly, be a personality that keeps your guests entertained and engaged throughout the course of the evening.... (hint* --no, this should not be Sally from your marketing department)
4) Plan other activities-- Having a themed party is always a hit. This encourages immediate audience participation. Try a 'So You Think You Can Dance' theme, or 'Your Company Name Has Talent'.... Have different departments compete against one another and the winning department gets a casual day, a free vacation day, or a gift card. Photo Booth and Slow Motion Video Booth are two of the most popular items at holiday parties. After the bubbly starts settling in, the snap counts will sky rocket (side note-- make sure you hire a photo booth company that does not charge extra for additional prints, allows for social media sharing, and stores your pictures in the cloud for later viewing---You will thank us later!)
5) Think Outside The Box-- Challenge your events-- Are the events you're creating aligned with the interests of a millennial generation and are you keeping pace with their interests? Baby Boomers are retired. Generation Next has evolved into millennials. And now, millennials will occupy 75% of the workforce within the next 10 years. Will millennials feel a part of your culture? Are you aligned with the millennial interest? Are you creating events that are in sync, fresh, and capture attention?
Are you creating an experience? Or are you just creating an event where your colleagues had one more glass of wine than they did last time....?
Are you connecting?
- Create something fresh and appealing that your organization has yet to do.
Trying to raise money for your organization or a philanthropic cause?
- We promise you don't need another trivia night. You don't need another 5k. You don't need another silent auction.
- What you should be looking at is a program that engages, entertains and is fresh, new and innovate .... This will keep your organization enthused about how you've spent the time creating something uniquely memorable !
You'll thank us later for this one-*1 bartender per 75 people / 1 server per 50 people *
This is Chase!
Our main event planner