The Corporate Holiday Party

It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving and you still haven’t finalized the plans for your Corporate Holiday Party.  Before you step into panic mode, let’s go back in time to figure out what you need to do to plan the perfect holiday party for your company.  It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday parties.  Let’s face it, most of these parties occur between Thanksgiving and New Year’s which leaves you about five weekends to choose from, and everyone else wants to hold theirs at the same time!  There are a number of things you can do to make sure your company’s holiday party runs smoothly for both you and your clients.

First, plan ahead.  Book your venue now.  Seriously, it may be March or June but the really good venues book quickly.  Some of the banquet halls and hotel conference rooms book for these prime dates years ahead of time.  Depending on your budget, you may also want to consider using your company’s conference or meeting rooms for the holiday party.  It will save your both money and the aggravation of employees who may not be able to get to a venue that is too far away.  Don’t forget about the food.  You want your clients to eat well and enjoy themselves at a holiday party.  Caterers, like venues, have lots of clients who want to book them in December for holiday parties.  Actually, you could get sandwiches at the local deli, but that’s hardly the atmosphere you want to set for a stand-out holiday corporate party.

Companies are also starting to have their holiday parties in January, after all the holiday buzz has died down and venues and caterers are less busy.  Savvy corporate party planners realize that they can save their clients’ money by booking in January, because caterers and banquet facilities offer much better deals during this slower time of the year.  And don’t forget, you want to have great entertainment at your holiday party.  Your attendees may remember the food, but they will be talking about the great comedian or corporate entertainer your booked long after the party has taken place.  A really exceptional entertainer who is experienced with corporate events such as holiday parties is also booked up very quickly in December.  If you decide you must hold your party then, make sure you book your entertainment early.  However, if you hold your party in January, you will be more likely to get a seasoned professional with a proven track record of successful corporate gigs.  And make sure your entertainer has experience customizing his show to meet the needs of your company.

The best way to take the guess work out of booking the right act for your upcoming company holiday party is to talk with ventriloquist Tom Crowl.  Tom is a professional corporate entertainer who specializes in customizing his show to meet your client’s needs.  Tom has a quick wit and his show includes plenty of audience interaction.  To put some life into your next holiday office party, click here to find out more about booking Tom.