Planning a corporate holiday party can be tricky. There’s a lot to balance between your budget, venue, menu, guest list, gifts, and decor, and you’re doing it all during the busy holiday season. Plus, we all know that corporate events are an important way to build relationships, comradery, and enhance your company culture. It’s no great secret corporate parties tend to be hit-or-miss, so you want to plan a great party that your clients and colleagues can really get excited about.
If that sounds like a lot of pressure, don’t worry – planning a great holiday party can be easier than you think. With a little preparation, and some help from the experienced team at Orange Beach Concierge, your guests will be feeling holly and jolly at your best holiday party yet. Here are some easy tips to get you started.
It’s never too early to start planning your corporate holiday party. The best venues and catering will fill up fast, and you don’t want to be stuck choosing from the leftovers. Plus, planning a holiday party has a lot of moving parts, and starting early means giving yourself more time to iron out the details.
Decide on a date.
Choosing a date is one of the most daunting tasks when planning a holiday party. It’s a busy season for everyone, and most of your guests will have their own holiday traditions and events to attend, as well. You don’t want to put your team in the position of choosing between their company and their other commitments.
To make things easier for everyone, consider hosting your holiday party on a weekday to leave your team’s weekends free during the holiday frenzy. You could even book a post-Christmas holiday party after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has passed.
Select a venue.
Moving things out of the office is a good way to boost morale and give your corporate event a more festive feel. There are some great venues in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach that offer private spaces full of charm and detail. In fact, our own The Space at The Wharf, offers a unique setting overlooking the popular dining and entertainment district. The nightly light shows on Main Street make cocktail hour even better. Coupled with Chef David Pan’s personal menu planning, event design, and on-site wait staff, you’ll have a dinner party your guests won’t soon forget.
If an expansive event space doesn’t meet your needs, consider creating a more intimate setting by renting a large private beach house. Your guests will love the beachfront view and you’ll love having less space to decorate and navigate during cocktail hour.
Design your decor.
You don’t need a design degree to decorate a corporate holiday party. Simple yet festive decor will give your space a timeless look while not throwing off your end-of-year budget. Of course, you can always call in Orange Beach Concierge to help coordinate your event design for a totally stress-free party experience.
Choose a caterer.
Good food creates a good mood, so don’t skimp on catering. Chef David Pan and the Orange Beach Concierge team specialize in personal chef services and boutique catering. Chef Pan’s carefully crafted dishes and special touches take every plate to a new level of flavor. Our personal service begins with curating the perfect menu and doesn’t end until the last morsel is gone.