Holiday planning can be a daunting task, unless you have the right team on your side...and start now. With that in mind, we offer the count down of our top seven holiday planning tips:
7) Have Fun Planning
With the information of the technological age at our fingertips, the internet is a fantastic resource for the latest trends in events. One of our favorite places to see new ideas is on Pinterest. You can look at Center Club’s Pinterest page (or other ClubCorp Club's Pinterest page) for visual ideas on invitations, décor, favors, vendors, food and cocktails. Allow yourself to take the time enjoying the creativity of planning an event.
6) Mix it Up
Many times the holiday gathering is the only point in the entire year that some groups come together as a whole. Encourage interaction between your guests with friendly competitions, games or efforts. Mix in giving back. Afterall, it is the holiday season and it is always stylish to contribute to your community. The power of guest numbers at a holiday party can be used for an immediate and significant charitable contribution. Link your holiday party to a charity by collecting gifts or donation items.
5) Be Holiday Spirit Smart
Signature Drinks are a great option for holiday parties. A Signature cocktail adds a customized touch to your event and will streamline the beverage service. Offering a bar is a staple at holiday events. Be sure to have the bar stop serving drinks ½ hour to an hour before the party ends so that the lasting memories are good ones.
4) Hire the Right Vendors
When shopping for vendors for floral, photobooths, lighting, DJs, etc. use your resources for referrals. Don’t hire anyone for whom you don't have a reference. Your ClubCorp Club's Private Events Directors have lists of vendors who always deliver.
3) Communicate Clearly
Make sure that your guests know the correct start time of the event, the dress, how to get to the event and what their parking instructions are. Have the menu, vendors and any special details finalized with the venue at least three weeks prior to the event. The venue will also need your final guest count and set up for the event finalized at least 10 days prior. Making sure your details are finalized and communicated in advance will ensure that the party is executed with precision according to your vision.
2) Start NOW
Yes, in July or August. Scheduling is important. You want to be sure you have the date you want at your venue and that your guests have blocked the date for your party before anyone else’s. Perhaps most importantly, reserve plenty of time to iron out the details before the bustle of the holiday season takes hold of your stress levels.
1) Location, Location, Location
Location is paramount to the success of your holiday party. The newly reinvented Center Club’s contemporary elegance is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable event if you are in Orange County, California. If you are elsewhere, ClubCorp has more than 150 fantastic holiday party venues located across the country.
Adapted from the July 2013 Center Club Costa Mesa Newsletter. Thanks to Kaitlin Kuykendall and Chris Hartley of Center Club for the post!