Company holiday parties have got a bad reputation, eliciting the image of the hungover employee waking up to termination based on a loose tongue or a lame affair employees are forced to attend. If you want your employees and co-workers to develop a new image of your company holiday party, don’t procrastinate. Planning early for your corporate party is not wasted efforts, it’s essential—and for very good reasons:
- Holiday party planning takes time. This isn’t an idle warning. Whether your party is for 50 or 5,000, planning for a fun, memorable holiday party requires research and planning. The caterer, DJ, decorations, accommodations for guests with special needs, parking…every detail takes careful research, phone calls, emails and time.
- Venue decisions need to be booked well in advance. Deciding the right location for your holiday party is essential to finalizing other party details, and popular venues are typically reserved well in advance. If you don’t have a final date, you can set that detail based on open dates at your preferred venue. Remember, you need to know the location to tell the printer for the invitations, the caterer for food and the DJ for entertainment. The cost of the venue is also a large part of your budget, so once you know the final cost you finalize other details based on the state of your party budget.
- Save money by booking early, and get the best value for your company budget. Booking details well in advance means you can get early bird rates and discounts. Even if your party isn’t until January or February, vendors tend to run holiday specials now to accommodate December customers. Get the most for your budget by locking in the deals now.
- You can still reserve the best DJ. If you want to create a pleasant holiday atmosphere for networking or a dance party that your co-workers and their significant others enjoy, contact the in-demand DJ’s now. The best DJ’s are booked early simply because they’re excellent at what they do.
- You have high expectations to meet. A holiday party is more than an excuse for a festive event, it’s an opportunity to show appreciation to your employees and co-workers. Consider an enjoyable company holiday party a retention benefit. Create a fun night they won’t forget, and give them another reason to keep working for your company.