It’s only October, you’re thinking; it’s much too early to be thinking about the winter holidays! And sure, it may feel like it’s barely even autumn. Halloween hasn’t even come yet! But if that’s your way of thinking when it comes to holiday party planning, you may enter December and realize that you’re pretty short on choices. So, if you’re in charge of this years office holiday party, or if you’re looking to get all your family and friends together to celebrate, it’s time to start thinking and planning now. Here’s some holiday party planning advice to help you get going:
Sort Out The Important Information
First things first, you’ll need to have at least a vague sketch of an idea about what you’re looking for before you dig into venues and catering. You’ll want to collect a loose list of those you want to attend, figure out whether significant others and/or children will be welcome, and think about what sort of food and drinks you’ll be providing. With that information at hand, you’ll have a decent enough starting point that you can work with event liaisons and catering planners at various venues to hash out a better plan and begin putting your event together.
Finding Options Early
We understand that it can be hard to find a bar or restaurant to reserve for your celebration before you even have a specific headcount of who will come. After all, size restrictions can definitely limit your options. There are a couple of things to keep in mind, in that regard. First, the earlier you can reserve a space, the more options you’ll have. And second, a rough estimate will work for reserving your space. Count the list of potential attendees, with plus ones if they’ll be invited, then take away somewhere between ten and twenty-five percent of that total number. This will help you get a conservative enough idea of how large a space you’ll need. Odds are, not everyone who gets invited will be able to attend, so you don’t necessarily need a space large enough to fit your entire guest list. From there, you’ll be able to whittle down the list of options available.
Dig Into Details
One of the other big determining factors in terms of location will be how formal of a party you want to throw. If you want to host an informal shindig with a happy hour feel, renting out space at a local bar could be good. If you’re looking for a black-tie, sit down dinner affair, you’ll want to look into a restaurant or events-specific venue. Of course, the holidays are always a busy time for people, so it can be beneficial to find a venue that will help you plan, or requires little effort to make the party come together.
Here at Vista Village Pub, we want to help your holiday party feel fun and effortless. Our warm and welcoming atmosphere, delicious food, and fun drinks will help your get-together shine. Contact us about reserving tables for your holiday celebration today!