Throwing a corporate event can be a lot of fun as it is an opportunity for you and your coworkers to let your hair down and spend some quality time outside of your normal work environment. What many people may not think about while attending the event is the amount of preparation that went into organizing and planning it. There are a lot of things to consider from the number of attendees, the food to serve, or even what the weather may be like. Since summer is now over, we thought of a few things you should consider when planning a corporate event this fall.
Indoor or Outdoor Venue
Deciding on a venue is typically easier during the summer because you can usually count on the weather to cooperate. Unfortunately, it’s far more difficult to gauge what to expect during the fall, especially in the Pacific Northwest. You could potentially have a beautiful day consisting of cooler temperatures and newly fallen leaves, or you could have a rainy day with a windstorm.
If your plan is to host the event outside, there are a few ways to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible such as scheduling it early in the day at a venue that’s exposed to the sun or bringing in portable heaters in case the temperature isn’t as warm as expected. Since fall weather can be unpredictable, it’s also a good idea to have an indoor venue in mind as a backup (even if it’s just your normal office space).
What Food to Serve
One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is choosing what type of food to select from your corporate caterer for your guests. Breakfast or lunch? Hamburgers or sandwiches? Cake or pie? These are just a few of the decisions you’ll be confronted with. At Rivers Edge Catering, we have great food options such as Asian, Latino, Greek, Italian, and American cuisine. We also have several salads, sandwiches, and bar foods to choose from. With all of our options, you’ll be sure to find something for everyone to enjoy.
When scheduling an event during the fall, there are a few additional circumstances to take into consideration. School begins in September, Halloween occurs in October, and people often travel for Thanksgiving and Christmas. With all of these things going on, you’ll have to be strategic when scheduling your event.
It’s best to schedule around these major events and holidays to ensure that as many of your guests as possible can attend. It’s also a good idea to send out the invites a few months in advance. This gives everyone the opportunity to plan accordingly.
To guarantee your corporate event is a success, don’t forget to take these factors into consideration. If you need assistance with catering in or around Portland, Oregon, we’d love to work with you! Our delicious catering menu has something for everyone, and your employees and coworkers won’t be disappointed.