Corporate holiday parties are expected at most companies, but how often are they actually enjoyable for the employees (and possibly their spouses or partners) in attendance? If you’re in charge of planning your company holiday party, don’t panic. We’re here to help with some tips for planning a corporate holiday party that everyone will love, from the interns to the CEO.
Skating parties to the rescue!
Let’s be honest, no one wants to party in the office (except maybe Accounting). You spend enough time there as it is! While booking a venue may seem like a budget-buster, selecting the right venue can make or break your event.
At Chester Skateland, we host all types of gatherings, from small birthday parties to large private events. You’re not just getting a physical location for your corporate holiday party, you’re also getting atmosphere and entertainment! With the built-in activity of roller skating, you don’t have to come up with tons of activities to fill the evening, and our skating rink is already a fun and festive environment, so you don’t need to worry about hiring a DJ or decorator.
Give people plenty of notice.
If you haven’t booked your company holiday party yet, it’s past time! Get in touch as soon as possible to book your event so you can nail down a date and announce it at the office. People may need to arrange for childcare or transportation, and you want to get them before they commit to other holiday social obligations.
The food and music should both be crowd-pleasers.
No party is complete without great tunes and delicious food. Fortunately you can have both at our Chester skating rink. Unlike some venues, we do allow you to bring in your own food and drinks. When arranging catering for your event, you can go casual with pizzas (because who doesn’t love pizza?) or get fancy with a catered buffet. Just keep in mind that people want to have fun, so a multi-course gourmet meal is not required or appropriate. Instead, consider a taco bar, BBQ, or even a food truck!
The music is another aspect you want to be sure to get right. Fortunately our private event bookings include a DJ who can spin whatever your crowd is into, from holiday songs to dance hits.
Add something unexpected.
Any good party includes a little something extra to surprise your guests. Whether you splurge on gift bags, set up a fun photo booth, or recognize select employees or teams for an outstanding accomplishment, make sure you have something in store beyond the expected. It’s also a nice idea to plan for some time for company leadership to make a speech or toast. The key is to keep it short and sweet!