Tips to Planning your Holiday Party from Catering with Elegance
Holiday parties boost morale and signal a healthy business optimistic about the impending new year. Planning them, however, is often a job in itself. Follow these tips to put together an event to remember this year.
By: Catering with Elegance
Over 90% of companies host holiday parties or events during the season. Besides making a project plan, managing a guest list, and sticking to a budget, there are a few more details to consider, too.
IDENTIFY THE INGREDIENTS
Every successful holiday party needs to have a date, time, venue, menu, and guest list—those are the basics. Beyond those, it's a blank canvas on which to create a memorable event. Think about what it is that makes the company special, or what made this year stand out.
CHOOSE A DATE AND TIME
Recent research suggests that 40% of holiday parties take place over the lunch hour. If that's your plan, we offer elegant options for hot lunches served at your site. An evening party, often on Fridays, is also a popular choice. But because Fridays are the most popular night for local restaurants, reservations become extra expensive. A catered event at your location, with a self-serve dinner buffet, can be a terrific and cost-effective alternative.
CREATE A COST-EFFECTIVE HOLIDAY PARTY MENU
If feeding a crowd, you'll want to be creative about serving delicious fare at a price that's within reach. Plated (or "seated") meals can be the most expensive option, but you don't have to sacrifice elegance when it comes to cost. Self-serve hot dinner buffets can allow your guests to choose the foods that appeal to them—and take as much or as little as they like. Our menus include a range of cuisine options, from Mexican to Italian to BBQ.
CONSIDER AN OFF-SEASON EVENT
Who says the holiday party has to fall between Thanksgiving and Christmas? Those weeks can be a busy time for everyone. Creative ideas for celebrations include an off-site catered event in late October, early November, or in January after the crush of the season is over.
LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION?
Not every party needs to be at your office. Consider booking an off-site outing, such as a trip to Morton Arboretum's Illumination or a team-building event. Our off-site catering capabilities mean we can meet you wherever the party is.
In addition, Bloomingdale Golf Club and Medinah Shrine Center both offer flexibility, beautiful surroundings, and our own on-site catering and event expertise. Bloomingdale Golf Club accommodates up to 225 guests, and Medinah Shrine Center can fit up to 600.
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