Ain’t nothing like a holiday party! You’ll no longer feel like you need six months of vacation once you lay your eyes on Tagvenue's holiday party venues! Hosting a holiday party is all about leaving the bad times behind and moving on to better ones! Home to first-class eateries and unlimited entertainment possibilities, Washington, D.C. is the perfect place to throw the holiday bash of a lifetime! So folks put on your finest attire and get ready to party like never before.
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Never underestimate the power of a holiday party, we know that these can take your relationships to the next level. We tend to overlook the significance of such events at work. Yet, hosting a company holiday party can not only boost morale but also improve company culture and bring your people closer! But how do you go about planning a party that your employees won’t skip? Don’t fret, we’re here to help!
When was the last time you entered the workplace kitchen and dealt with awkward silences or petty talk? This morning? Or perhaps yesterday? Well with the help of a fabulous end-of-year holiday party, this is about to change. You would think that employees see holiday parties as a reward for their relentless work and dedication. Unfortunately, it’s rarely the case, whether it’s the bad fruitcake or the shabby venue, several things can turn a fun event into a dull one. Moreover, holiday parties are a hassle to plan, they’re expensive, and attendance is frequently lower than you expect. But let’s dig deeper into the purpose of those famous company end-of-year celebrations and what they entail besides morale boost.
How can holiday parties help your company?
Aside from being the ''event of the year'', there are several benefits to throwing a holiday party. Holiday parties improve employee relations. There’s a high chance that half of your staff have never spoken to one another. Parties are a great way to get conversations started and to give your staff something to talk about for the coming year. Once your employees are far from the formal setting of offices, they can leave work behind and be themselves. It’s the simplest way to improve internal relations within your company.
Parties are a means to thank your employees. The people who worked tirelessly for you deserve more than a round of applause. And what better way to thank them than by throwing a dinner party and having a toast to them? You can even throw in the famous Secret Santa tradition to let everyone know that their contribution makes a difference. If you’re a start-up or even a big corporation, you could host an awards night on the same occasion and hand out trophies or plaques to the best employees or teams! Showing appreciation is a good way to keep your employees happy at work.
Let your employees blow off steam after a hectic year. Your employees will be grateful to simply relax and be away from the daily grind during the festive season. Everyone loves dressing up and having a good time. It’s a smart move to host the holiday party on a Friday so that your employees can recover during the weekend. They’ll likely return to work with a big smile on their faces after a night of laughter! Holiday parties are more than just fun events, they bring people together and improve company relations, which, in turn, boosts motivation and productivity.
Throwing the ultimate holiday party at work requires more than finding a classy venue or sending out the invitations, which is why we’ve rounded up some tips to help you with your planning.
Make a checklist
You can find several party planning checklists for free on the internet. Checklists cover all the party elements that will help you throw a sparkling holiday party. Whether you’re looking for a Christmas party planning checklist or a Thanksgiving one, you’ll certainly find it in no time.
Save the date
Start with a survey using Google Forms and provide your employees with a few optional dates. Remember to allow people to vote anonymously. Pick the date with the majority vote and inform everyone about it. You can either send an IM to everyone or simply send an email to all. The latter is always better.
Set a party budget
We’d love to tell you that you can spend as much as you like on the party. However, this is not the case. You need to determine a specific budget for the company holiday party. You can always be slightly flexible to accommodate all the necessary party elements. Think entertainment, food, and venue—the main components of a successful party. Then add the pleasant extras to it, such as party supplies, plaques, transportation, and accommodation.
Choose a party type and theme
Working in a corporate environment? Why not lighten up the mood and host a tropical-themed party? Casual affairs are excellent for breaking the 9-5 routine, whereas parties that include activities such as ice skating or boating are fantastic for team building. If you are working at a start-up, anything from a gala to a jungle-themed party can work. If you want something more formal, go for a dinner party and let the venue take care of everything from the decor to the signature cocktails.
Choose the holiday party venue
Last but not least, pick a place that exudes an inclusive atmosphere for your staff. For instance, restaurants are great for exchanges and getting to know each other. Pubs are fantastic for employees to relax and they also allow sufficient space for everyone to mingle or keep to themselves, depending on their mood. Venues like lofts and hotels are ideal for weekends whereas ballrooms are a fab option if you’re holding a gala or Oscars-themed night. You can hold a brainstorming session, share the party themes with the people, and let them vote for their favorite theme. Don’t skip the holiday goody bags for everyone at the end of the party.
If by "best" you mean "hippest," you’re lucky to be in Washington. This cultural melting pot is filled with energetic and vibrant spots. Capitol Hill is one such place where you can enjoy the Smithsonian museums and many fantastic entertainment options ranging from hip bars to premium eateries On the weekend, you can go shopping or brunch around Eastern Market, the iconic farmers' market. Try Columbia Heights, one of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods in Washington, perfect for the ultimate urban feel. Known for its shopping and funky coffee shops, Columbia Heights is a good choice for first-timers. For something more picturesque, head to Georgetown, one of the most sought-after places to live in Washington. Whether you love high-end boutiques, ristorantes, or buzzing nightlife, this place has got it all!
Well, we found out that early planning makes a huge difference to the success of the party. Popular venues are usually all booked by the second week of September, so it’s best to start planning months ahead and reserve your desired venue ASAP.
Count around $18 per person for an affordable venue in Dallas. You can easily find several venues for less than $75/hour. The rental fee varies on the venue type and hiring hours. Other things such as peak days or seasons may influence the price. The rental fee covers the rental of the space, tables, chairs, and possibly catering and other amenities. (All data according to Tagvenue.)
No, not all. Some venues like gardens, lofts, or dancehalls may not have an in-house caterer or list of preferred caterers. You will need to check that before booking the space. However other venues have in-house caterers who can work with you on the menu options for the holiday party. You can also choose your preferred caterer from their list to ensure premium service.
Several venues allow you to BYOB but will only require the drinks to be served by their certified bartenders. A corkage fee may also be charged. Some venues will only allow alcohol at events that are catered. So don’t forget to look into that while searching for a venue!
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