“Location, location, location.” The second you mention the word party, people want to know where it’s being held. The corporate holiday party is no different and location is a key element in making it a success. With so many potential places to choose from, dwindling down your list to one ultimate choice is harder than it looks.
If you want to locate your ideal corporate holiday party venue, Flutter FETTI knows a few things you should consider first.
Companies come in all sizes and knowing how big your party is going to be is crucial in the decision-making process. Are spouses and partners invited? A company of only 50 employees can quickly double into a 100-person party by adding significant others into the mix. Many popular venues can cater up to 100 or 200 people pretty easily, but larger companies with over 400 employees have fewer options from which to choose.
The Indoor Option
Once you know your party size, it’s time to narrow down venue options. Rain or shine, an indoor party is guaranteed to run like clockwork, however, there are many different types of indoor venues: restaurants, hotel ballrooms, conference center halls, and others, and each has its own personality. Restaurants are typically more intimate and require less décor, but can manage only smaller parties, while hotel ballrooms cater to huge affairs, need lots of decorating, but only work with larger parties. The choice is really up to you, because we like them all!
Assess Your Space
One thing we always remind people when planning an indoor party is to look up, look out, and look around. Many corporate holiday parties involve music, decorations, and other entertainment. Are you hiring a band? Your space needs a stage or someplace to hook up all the equipment. Are you shooting off 18″ Airless Launchers? Then your venue ceiling should be at least 20 feet high to get the biggest visual effect. Are you planning to decorate all the walls? Those big conference center walls are bigger than you think. Just make sure the venue can handle all your big plans or that you can manage all the big space.
Think “Outside” The Box
Unfortunately, big, open rooms don’t always exude the holiday spirit, so we have a few other ideas for you. In warmer climates, a corporate holiday party is the perfect excuse for a beach barbecue. If you’re near a harbor, host a party on a local cruise ship and float around amidst the moonlit bay. Many smaller, modern companies prefer activity-based parties. If that’s you, then keep the ski lodge and golf course on the list. And for the perfect mix of indoor and outdoor, construct some open tents at a local park or on company grounds to give employees an outdoor option, should the weather cooperate.
When planning a party, you should also consider from where your guests are coming. Many companies plan a party within close proximity to the office and this is a particularly good compromise for larger companies were employees are more spread out. However, if all your employees work in the city, but live in the same suburbs, it may be easier to host the party closer to homes (especially for people with families or parties that include significant others).
Timing Is Everything
Eating out for lunch is almost always cheaper than going out to dinner! The same applies to holiday parties; daytime events cost less than nighttime affairs. If you really want a certain location and the evening slot is already taken, consider booking the afternoon timeframe. You’ll most likely save some money and you’ll have better luck with attendance too.
About Flutter FETTI®: Flutter FETTI is an innovator, manufacturer, and worldwide distributor of confetti and streamer products. Our mission is to bring excitement and joy into every special event in your life. Contact one of our confettiologists and we’ll make the right product recommendation to add the “WOW!” effect to your corporate holiday party.