It’s almost peak holiday party season. In addition to giving you a chance to dig up your favorite holiday sweater, holiday parties are great opportunities to reconnect with your network, meet new people and entertain clients. While juggling a busy holiday season is enough of an undertaking for many, some people go the extra mile and take on the task of party planning. This article is for everyone from seasoned party planning veterans to party planning rookies.
Read on for some tips from event planning professionals from Zingerman’s Greyline that can be applied to everything from organizing a holiday banquet for your professional organization to planning your office’s holiday party.
Pick a Central Location
While it’s a good idea to get out of the office to an off-site location, be sure to select a local venue to maximize attendance. Especially during a time of year when inclement weather can be an obstacle, you want to make sure your event is accessible. “Zingerman’s Greyline is in a fantastic central location in downtown Ann Arbor and also provides catering services to offsite locations across Southeastern Michigan,” said Terra Brock, event manager, Zingerman’s Greyline.
Offer Overnight Accommodations
Many companies host clients and out-of-town guests around the holiday season. To make your event hospitable for road warriors and remote workers alike, select a venue with attached or easily accessible accommodations.
“Zingerman’s Greyline is attached to – though not directly affiliated with – Marriott Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown and it’s oh-so-convenient to just walk down the hall to a cozy room after an event at the Greyline,” said Terra
Make sure there are ample parking options nearby that don’t require your guests to walk a long distance.
“Eliminating obstacles for your guests’ arrival is a great way to be a gracious host. By selecting a venue with accessible parking, you’ll get your guests inside, warmed up and fed quickly, which will lead to a happy, relaxed event,” said Terra.
A corporate holiday party is a way to let employees know how much they are appreciated – it shouldn’t feel like a meeting. Choosing a venue with quality food is a great way to get people in a festive, celebratory mood. Whether you are at Zingerman’s Greyline, or having the event catered by Zingerman’s Catering and Events at an alternate location, you can rest assured the fare will be delicious!
Giveaways, raffles, contests, games or a surprise visit from a couple of gift-bearing elves add a special touch to make your event memorable. Building an activity into the event schedule, or incorporating prizes or gifts for your guests to take home adds to the experience.
With these tips in your back pocket, there’s no doubt your event will be a success. For event inspiration, visit the Zingerman’s Greyline photo gallery. Would you like more information on hosting your event with Zingermans? Contact us via the contact form on our website or call (734) 230-2300 today!