Summer's barely over, but already holiday displays are popping up in stores. If these cues have given you visions of sugarplums, take a look at these tried-and-true tips to ensure a successful holiday party at your company this season.
Book your holiday party venue early
Some companies book next year's event right after their party—now that's thinking ahead! These planners know that key dates and popular venues fill quickly, so they don't wait until a few weeks before the party to try to find a good spot. The earlier you begin planning, the more options you'll have, and the greater the likelihood your favorite location and date will be available.
Hold your party off-site
Ditch the office! You spend at least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week in the office, so it doesn't exactly scream, "relax, enjoy, have fun!" Taking the team off-site can also take them out of work mode, and create a more festive atmosphere.
Consider a weeknight
Calendars fill up around the holidays with family and other social commitments, children's programs, and holiday performances. A good way to avoid scheduling conflicts is to have your event on a weeknight. You may even find more favorable pricing mid-week.
To promote a social environment, encourage employees to bring their spouses/guests. People tend to feel more comfortable with a "plus one," and the simple act of introducing a spouse to colleagues encourages socializing.
"Eat, drink, and be merry," the saying goes, but a fun activity enhances any event. Games, entertainment, or a special outing like Hazeltine's "Links & Drinks" encourage social interaction and make for a memorable event.
Don't rule out daytime
With busy schedules, evening might just prove too problematic for your team. Why not consider a daytime party? A welcome break from the workday, a holiday luncheon or happy hour can add to team morale and allow you to celebrate the holidays without overloading calendars.
Rely on professionals
You may plan a party just once a year, but professionals, like the event planners at Hazeltine, do this all year long. Ask for the planning pro's guidance, and whether they have any holiday packages. You can cross party planning off your list, and move on to the next holiday task.
Hazeltine National Golf Club is a private golf club located in Chaska, Minn., about 30 minutes southwest of downtown Minneapolis. The club opened in 1962 with a mission to build and maintain a golf course suitable for the conduct of national championships. Hazeltine is one of only two courses in the United States to have hosted the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur, and Ryder Cup. Hazeltine’s meeting and event space, golf shop and specified services in the learning center are open to the public. More information about becoming a member at Hazeltine is available at www.hazeltinenational.com.