Last Minute Holiday Event Ideas

It’s the beginning of December, and the holidays are in full swing. If you’ve put off planning your corporate or non-profit holiday event, don’t worry—there’s still time to throw together a holiday party that will dazzle your employees.

Looking for a Location

Sometimes, you can get lucky with booking a venue at the last minute. Call around and see if any places have availability on the day and time you are considering. It is possible they had a cancellation. If everyone is booked during the timeframe you’re hoping for, expand your search to include daytime options. A holiday luncheon can be just as fun as a dinner party and often save you money, too.

If you have a large space at your office that can accommodate everyone, you can host your own holiday party. Transform your corporate space into a festive locale with smart choices in catering, décor, and activities.

Keep the Food Simple

If you are able to book a venue at the last minute, keep the catering simple. If you had to compromise on the time and are planning a luncheon holiday party, see if you can save a little cash by requesting the same menu as the party that is booked at your venue in the evening. Some places are willing to come down a little in price because it is more cost-effective for them to prepare the same or similar menu than two different ones.

If you weren’t able to book a caterer, you can still wow your guests. Offer buffet-style treats such as a baked potato bar with all the fixings or a hot chocolate bar where guests can add flavored syrups, candy canes, or marshmallows. Fresh fruit is also a welcome addition during the chilly holiday season.

Add Festive Ambience and Activities

Create a festive atmosphere with music and décor. Use an Internet radio service such as Pandora to supply the tunes and string holiday lights to warm up the room. Treat your guests to some simple favors, such as peppermint candy or high-quality soap or lotion that smells like a freshly cut Christmas tree.

To entertain your guests, offer several easy, fun activities. Rent a photo booth and supply holiday-themed props for guests. Leave holiday trivia questions on the tables as icebreakers. You could even try raffling off some of the season’s must-have gifts.

It’s not too late to hold your corporate or non-profit holiday party. Consider hiring an event planner who knows the tricks of the trade and may be able to open some last-minute doors for you. To learn more, contact Kalsey at Do Good Events today.

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