With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it’s time to start booking your vendors for your office’s holiday party. Whether it’s a modest workday luncheon or a big corporate blowout, you should book your party catering in Fresno, CA now, before all the best caterers are taken.
Follow the tips below to make your company holiday party memorable.
Throw your party on off days or in the off season
If you’re looking to save money, or if your favorite caterer is already booked, consider alternate dates than the weekends surrounding Christmas. A Wednesday or Thursday night event can help you bring costs down on rentals and catering. Afternoon luncheons are also more affordable.
Sometimes December is too busy with year-end tasks and employees hurrying to take off for the holiday. Consider throwing your holiday party in late November instead, as there will be more room on vendor calendars. You can frame it as a Thanksgiving party, which is non-denominational and is perfect for expressing gratitude for your employees. You could also throw a party in early January to celebrate the New Year and give employees something to look forward to in the dull winter months.
Escape the cubicles
Unless your office already features a luxury party spot on sight, give people a reason to leave the office. No one can relax if the company holiday party is in the breakroom or the cafeteria. If you’re worried about the budget, you don’t have to spring for anything lavish. Rent an affordable space and let your catering company take care of the rest. A few staff volunteers can help give it some extra holiday charm.
If you share an office building or work closely with other businesses, consider throwing a joint holiday party. You’ll have more guests, but you’ll also have a bigger budget, allowing you to hire the best party catering in Fresno, CA. Having employees from other companies will also make the party more fun. Instead of having to hang out with the same people you see every day, employees will have a chance to mingle with new friends.
Choose a menu that meets all dietary needs
Office holiday parties are about thanking employees for their hard work throughout the year. Nothing says “I don’t care about you” to vegetarians like a barbecue extravaganza. Poll staff to ensure you have enough foods to meet any dietary restrictions like vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher and halal. Have enough selection so that anyone with dietary issues is able to enjoy more than one dish. If you’re serving alcohol, include plenty of soft drinks, water, tea and coffee so that non-drinkers have some attractive options.
Although office holiday parties are a standard practice, many employees dread forced socializing with coworkers. Make it easy for them to naturally speak to one another with fun activities. You can get food involved with a build-your-own-taco bar or a cupcake decorating station. Employees will have a chance to connect with colleagues while also enjoying delicious treats.
Your menu helps to set the tone for how memorable your holiday party will be. Now is the perfect time to start planning for your party catering in Fresno, CA. Reach out to Karsh’s Catering to learn how we can help.
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