You don’t have to be an event planner to throw a successful business party, and the most memorable events don’t have to be the most expensive. Here are some effective party-planning tips!
Consider hosting your party during daytime business hours. Daytime parties can cut costs, since family members are less likely to come. Your attendees will not need to make new arrangements for childcare or to change schedules. Employees may also be glad for an event that leaves their evening free to spend with their families.
Smaller parties can be held at home, though you will probably want to use company space or a rental area for larger events. Think carefully about whether or not your home is a suitable venue for this particular occasion. Using your home as a space can cut down on costs, but increase cleanup time and effort.
Think outside the box. Instead of an party, your team could go bowling, play mini-golf, or even volunteer at a homeless kitchen for a few hours. Not only is this a great way to build morale in your company, but it can be a bonding experience for your team.
If it’s an event just for your own business, make sure your employees and coworkers know how much their hard work is appreciated. A little gratitude is one of the best gifts you can give.
If it’s a larger event, make sure you have a way to get contact information for everyone who attends: why pass up such a fantastic networking opportunity? Have a goldfish bowl for attendees to drop business cards into, or have a raffle that draws business cards instead of tickets. Make sure someone is assigned to properly enter this contact information into your networking info later so it doesn’t fall through the cracks.
Don’t feel obligated to provide an entire meal; a smorsgasboard of cured meats and cheeses with crackers is always popular, or a cookie bar with a wide variety of treats. Finger foods are great, because you can mingle and chat while snacking. You could even provide a selection of brightly colored candies in glass jars.
I hope you’re having a great day – let me know if you need anything.