Friday, September 7, 2012

How to Plan the Best Holiday or Christmas Party Ever

When it comes to Christmas parties, it's never too early to start planning.

So, it's September, and you've just put away your camping gear for another year. Walking through your local shopping center, you hear the first Christmas carol of 2012 over the PA system. What? Isn't it waaaaaaay too early to be thinking of the Holidays? Not really, no...especially if you are going to be (or already have been) tapped to plan a celebration this year.

Entertainment

If you want quality entertainment, researching early is essential. The holiday season is a busy one for bands/DJs, and if you're looking for an artist that offers something even more unique, you can't start looking early enough. Performers that offer holiday entertainment fill up their December dates with bookings as early as September or even August. Don't get shut out by waiting until November to "lock in" your ideal Christmas party entertainment, or you just may be left out in the cold.

Gifts

Giving gifts - it's part of doing business, but of course it's fun too! At your holiday party, decide how gifts will be given. Secret Santa is a tried-and-true crowd pleaser, but consider adding funds into the budget for a "goodie basket" from the company. Get creative! Don't just hand over one of those prepackaged cheese-and-summer-sausage deals. It doesn't have to be full of Gucci accessories, either - just use a little creativity to make it personalized/memorable. 

Games

Get everyone in the mood for a great evening. Play a trivia game, posting Christmas-related questions on pieces of paper around the office. Personality bingo is another great game, especially if the party is for employees AND their spouse/family. Get your attendees to provide trivia about themselves before the party, then make up bingo cards with the bits of information randomly placed on the grid. The goal is to ask enough people to match the info with the person, getting them to sign the square once the match is made. There are so many games that can bring your guests closer together...just have fun!

Use a Checklist

Organization, as with any endeavor, will help you keep it together. On my website, you can sign up to receive an excellent comprehensive party planning checklist. It's a great tool, whether your budget for this year's Christmas party is $1000.00 or $20,000.00.

Good luck, and Happy Holidays!

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