For 2019, resolve to rethink your company holiday party.
Yes, you want to celebrate and acknowledge your team for an amazing year and all of their hard work with a well-deserved employee celebration. Pressure is on you to throw the traditional office party in December. But here’s the deal: Now more than ever, people want to be with their families and friends during the holidays. Plus, costs are a-risin’ for banquet rooms, food, hotels, flowers, bar services, caterers, entertainment, et al., and they are all at premium in the month of December. Even the availability of your first choice for a venue may be challenging, because if it’s your first choice, then it’s bound to be someone else’s too.
Guess what? It’s now considered hip and cool to have your holiday party in January. This is a win-win-win!
Your co-workers get a well-earned holidayseason evening to themselves, you get to save yourself and your company money, and you secure first choices of caterers, venues, and entertainment for January. All can be booked and paid for prior to year-end for tax purposes without having to settle for less.
In January, most event specialists are feeling refreshed and available to assist your company. Private dining rooms in your favorite restaurants or venues are eager to have your first-quarter business and will give you some rockin’ deals. That goes for your caterer, florist and entertainment, too. So for 2019, make it your goal to change up how you celebrate!
Award-winning chef Lisa Dupar is the owner of Dupar & Company, which includes Lisa Dupar Catering and Pomegranate Bistro in Redmond, Washington.