Four Key Elements to Holiday Party Planning

Four Key Elements to Holiday Party Planning 

Have you or your department been given the job of planning the company’s holiday gathering? Our team at bleu Events knows the careful thought and attention required to pull off the task of throwing the perfect party. In true bleu fashion, we’re offering a gift in the form of some expert advice to consider when planning your corporate party. Read on to discover the four key elements our experience has taught us to consider when putting together a seasonal work soirée.

Venue
Where will you host your guests? The venue is the foundation of your event and will set the tone for your event. A local brewery like Bur Oak Brewing Company could achieve an industrial look and feel. Don’t let assumptions about the weather dissuade you from trying a venue like Serenity Valley Winery where guests could enjoy large, heated tents against a wonderful winter backdrop. If your office is going to be the venue, you may want to devote more of your resources to decorations, food and drink, and entertainment.

Decorations
When picking a venue, have an idea of how you plan to decorate. Ensure your venue and décor complement each other and creates the perfect experience. A traditional holiday decorating style is always appropriate, but don’t be afraid of fun or quirky themes. For example, we recently paired black and white gingham with silver fabric for a ‘Flannel & Frost’ themed event. These unexpected fabric pairings acted as table runners and chair sashes to elegantly emphasize a winter theme.

Food & Drink
The holidays are equally about food and drinks as they are about fellowship. Tying your menu into the decorations with festive food displays adds a sophisticated touch. Our Passed & Paired menu offers expertly crafted bites and drinks that can be the foundation of a full dining experience.

Bleu Events knows that even planning for a few trays of food for a holiday office party can be a bit daunting, so we have curated our snacks and sweets into easy Holiday Catering Options, available for delivery or pick up! Enjoy carefree entertaining when you choose from 15 delicious platters. Offerings include our Domestic Cheeseboard, Grilled Veggie & Olive Board, Classic BLT Dip, Smoked Salmon Phyllo Cups, and more! We also offer decadent dessert options including Housemade Fudge, Gourmet Cake Bites, and Holiday Pies.

Entertainment
What is a celebration without fun? Games, movies, and live music are all great ideas for this fourth element of party planning. But, you can also work with your event planner to think differently about resources already being used for the party, such as how guests can interact with the food. Sometimes an element such as live cooking with a chef or carving meat, both known as an Action Station, is a great way to engage and entertain the crowd.

Whether you’re hosting or helping, consider Columbia, Missouri based bleu Events to cater your gathering this holiday season. For a more in-depth look at our services and catering options, download the bleu Events catering guide. The guide is packed with ideas and considerations from service styles like passed Hors d’Oeuvres, bar and beverage offerings, to working with dietary restrictions. Worried about the looming deadline of your party? Most items, such as those featured on the Holiday Catering Options can be delivered with at least 48 hours notice. Let the professionals at bleu get to work on helping you pull off your event by contacting us today!

Nathan Fleischmann
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