Tips for Getting the Jump on Your Office Party Planning
Can you feel fall in the air? It won’t be long before the leaves begin to change, and we slip into the last few months of the year. And you know what that means. The holidays are fast approaching! Do you have a holiday party or corporate event you need to get on the calendar? If so, the time is nigh. Don’t wait till the last minute to book an event space for your office party or social event. Get the jump on your planning with these tips, and book your soiree with us at Howe Farms!
Tip 1: Start Early!
Procrastinators, we’re lookin at you, friends. Benjamin Franklin said, “Lost time is never found again,” and he wasn’t wrong. It’s September! It may seem like the holidays are still a ways away, but they just aren’t. You know how time can fly, so book your venue, plan your menu, and get your holiday ducks in a row sooner so you don’t have to scramble later.
Book your Chattanooga corporate events with us at Howe Farms, and enjoy gorgeous views, top-notch amenities, ample space for indoor and/or outdoor festivities, and all the odds and ends you may need for a successful event.
Tip 2: Develop a Cost Effective Menu
You can provide an excellent and memorable meal to your employees or coworkers without breaking the bank. When it comes down to it, plated meals from caterers are often more cost effective than buffet style meals, plus they eliminate the need for event attendees to stand around in line to serve themselves.
You can also get festive with the food choices, and reinforce any overarching theme your event is carrying. Get creative with linens and decor, and find ways to make the space fun and seasonally appropriate.
Tip 3: Set Parameters for Alcohol Consumption
If you’re going to have alcohol at your corporate event Chattanooga, make sure you set clear expectations for servers and attendees alike. Deciding on a cap for alcoholic beverages is a great way to keep your budget in check, but it will also help ensure the safety of your employees and guests.
All that said, festive holiday beverages are a great way to add some life to your party. Let your employees enjoy themselves, loosen up, and interact in a way that’s different than the office setting permits. Think about creating a fun, signature cocktail for the holiday party to simplify the alcohol piece of the puzzle, and further support your holiday theme!
Tip 4: Consider a Gift Exchange
Maybe you want to add another layer of fun to your holiday party or corporate event with a gift exchange? This is a great way to encourage team building, and positive interaction between the members of your office crew. You could draw names, and get gifts that are more personal and specific to the recipient, or do a fun White Elephant gift exchange to keep it simple.
Be sure to set a limit on spending to keep things fair, and have fun with it! It’s a great way to get to know your teammates better, and enjoy this special time of the year.
Tip 5: Build in a Fundraiser
The holidays are all about giving, and it’s great when we can find ways to give back to the community while we celebrate our business successes from the year. Consider adding a fundraiser element to your corporate event or holiday party to encourage your employees to give back during this time. You could do a food, clothing, or toy drive at the event, or even have a donation table and have your employees vote on a local charity to be the recipient of funds raised. It’s a nice way to band together to make a difference during the holidays.
No matter what your holiday party plans or corporate event Chattanooga shapes up to be like, we hope you’ll consider hosting it here at Howe Farms. We have lots of event spaces to choose from, and our team is eager to help you get an early start on your planning. Contact us today to book a date!