Making your holiday party shine

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Although the leaves are just starting to change, it is time to start thinking about that end of year celebration. Corporate holiday parties are a great time to gather people – staff and customers alike – to show appreciation and celebrate the year’s success. However, these get-togethers require planning and organization.

One of AOE's treasured clients – metroConnections – specializes in an award-winning conference, event, production and transportation services firm. Because we love to share the expertise of our clients with others, we offer the following suggestions from Sydney Wolf, Sales Manager for the Event Services division of metroConnections. These tips are guaranteed to make your holiday party shine.

Give Back: Embrace the spirit of giving by incorporating a charitable activity such as Trikes for Tikes, Bundle O’ Blankies, or another unique corporate social responsibility-focused activity. There’s nothing quite like the rewarding joy of giving back. And, it can help create a theme for your event.

See the Sights: No need to stay in one locale. Why not take the party on the road with a fun holiday lights tour through your city to see the best of the holiday flair.

Choose a Creative Venue: Surprise attendees with a hip, new party venue that is fun and memorable. An outdoor ice space, dramatic museum hall, or a local brewery all make for great party spots.

Skip the Expected: Not feeling the gingerbread men, candy canes and snowflakes? Skip the typical holiday traditions and instead host Music Bingo, a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, or company Game Show. Create lasting traditions of your own.

Try a Theme: Engage your group with a fun party theme. Whether it’s an 80s Party, Piano Lounge, or Hollywood Ball, be creative and deck your party out with themed props and décor. Encourage attendees to get involved with costumes and games. From food and beverage to entertainment, carry the theme from beginning to end for some memorable fun.

Spice it Up: A traditional holiday menu can really be a snore. Liven things up by making food and beverage an interactive experience with a sushi rolling station, s’mores bar, flair bartenders, beer and wine pairings, or cookie making station for your younger guests.

Appreciate Your Attendees: Make your guests feel rewarded and a part of the team during this special time of year. Adding an interactive or takeaway component to your event involves them in a new way. Activities such as a photo station, caricature artist, spa treatments, or a gift lounge, thank your guests and provide them with a lasting memory.

Transform an Old Place Into a Very Cool Space: When you are left with an ordinary venue like your company cafeteria or local hotel ballroom, transform the space into an upscale environment with unique seating, lounge furniture and creative lighting. There are so many more options than simple boring cocktail tables and banquet tables. Try for more non-traditional seating and lighting arrangements to create a truly unforgettable environment.  

See the full article on metroConnections' website. Have any other ideas you would like to share? We would love to hear them!

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