You may not be able to stop a snow storm or a belligerent employee at your next company holiday party, but you can set up your next holiday party for success by avoiding these party planning mistakes.
Choosing the wrong venue
You may not have a choice for your company holiday venue. If you do, careful consideration should go into choosing the right venue for your company holiday party (tips on how to choose the right event venue here). The wrong venue can feel too tight or too big, making your guests feel uncomfortable or like there is poor attendance. In addition to space considerations, selecting the wrong venue can also mean an event without atmosphere or without the necessary amenities needed to make your event a success.
Not compiling a guest list
Planning company party details without a guest list is like blindly trying to make your way through a maze. Without knowing the demographic and size of your guest list, it’s challenging to choose the right venue, select the right entertainment, and make other arrangements. Before you set any details, craft a guest list that can guide your holiday party decisions.
Not enough entertainment
As entertaining as networking can be, don’t rely solely on socializing for your guests’ entertainment. Instead, use your guest list to determine what the best options for entertainment are for your guests. An entertainment agent can guide your efforts and book the best entertainers that fit the bill—and leave your guests satisfied and entertained.
Lack of refreshments
Food can do a lot for an event, and that’s always the case for a company holiday party. In addition to satisfying your guests’ taste buds, the seasonal treats can enhance your holiday party atmosphere and create the complete atmosphere you’re trying so hard to achieve. To add icing on the cake, use entertainers, such as elves, to put your company holiday party over the top.
Thinking you have to do it all
There are a lot of holiday party details to juggle, as well as the budget. One of the most common holiday party planning mistakes is trying to take it all on. Don’t be afraid to contact the experts to coordinate the details and assist you making the right decisions (as well as taking some of the weight off your shoulders); it’ll make your holiday—and your holiday party—a lot more jolly.