‘Tis the season for holiday work parties. If you or your company are planning a holiday event, then you better make a list and check it twice! As one of the leading corporate caterers in Portland, we at Rivers Edge have compiled a to-do list to help you plan a successful catered holiday work party.
Determine a Date and Time
The first thing you want to do when planning a work party is to settle on a date and time that works for your employees/coworkers and vendors. Select a date with enough time in advance to allow plenty time to plan everything out.
The last thing you want to do when planning any work event is to try and organize everything last minute. Most organizations schedule holiday parties the second or third week of December and Fridays are generally the most common day of the week.
Choose Your Caterer
Holiday work parties are popular events and, as most organizations use a cater for such events, you should book your caterer as soon as possible to make sure the one you want is available to work your event. Choose a caterer who provides an array of options so that there will be something for everyone. At Rivers Edge Catering, we provide fine and casual catering for a myriad of high-profile corporate clients and many special events.
Select a Venue
If you are not hosting the holiday party at your place of work, then you need to pick out the perfect venue. Just like with picking your caterer, try and lock down your venue as soon as possible to ensure it will be available for your holiday party. If venues are all booked up or you’re looking to save on expenses, there is definitely nothing wrong with having your work party actually at your office space, given that it is adequate to hosting such an event.
Select a Theme and Entertainment
Adding a theme to your work party is a fun way to help you organize every aspect of the event including food, decorations, dress code, and entertainment. Decide whether or not your party is going to be formal or casual. Are you going to have everyone dress up in ugly Christmas sweaters?
Decide if you are going to have a gift exchange event such as secret Santa or white elephant. If you do decide to have a gift exchange, make sure to set a gift spending limit in order to make the gifts relatively equal in value and to avoid putting anyone in an uncomfortable situation where they worry about how much to spend.
Incorporate Recognition of Your Employee’s Work
The purpose of a work event like a holiday party is to recognize and appreciate the hard work of your employees/coworkers. It’s important to incorporate recognition of the whole staff and could also be the perfect time to hand out annual awards or announce any new promotions or important internal news. Holiday work parties are a time to look back at the past year and reflect on the progress you and the company as a whole have made.
If you are in need a caterer for a holiday work party or any other type of special event, contact Rivers Edge Catering for more information.