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Throw a holiday party without the headache — here's how

It's holiday party season, and the next few months will be both wonderful and wild. If you're planning a private or corporate event of any size, the pre-festivity tasks can be stressful. However, with the right tools, it doesn't have to be. Keep reading to learn more about how to take the stress out of planning your seasonal end-of-year events and find more enjoyment in the process.


Draw on the experience of your team

If you've done any of your planning in-house with the help of your own team, odds are you have lots of experience right at your fingertips! Involving your employees in the pre-event planning phase can help you save a ton of time and also come up with creative ideas. Most of us have been to more than one holiday party and have tales to tell, both good and bad. Learning from the experiences of others is a great way to avoid potential pitfalls while coming up with proactive solutions. Ask your team what they have enjoyed at previous holiday events. Have they witnessed any catastrophes? How can they be avoided? What's their favorite part of the season? If you're having a hard time coming up with vendors or entertainment, your employees may even have connections and hookups to share with you. This is a great way to get recommendations and fine-tune the expectations for your upcoming seasonal events.


Go big or go home? Not necessarily.

Whether you're planning a private party or a corporate event, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to planning holiday celebrations. In fact, some sources suggest that many holiday office parties are continuing to keep things small. You don't have to serve an entire seven-course meal. Sometimes, appetizers, desserts, and drinks are enough. You may only need one DJ or band instead of many entertainers. At the same time, don't be scared to scale up if you want your event to be off the charts. Both intimate events and over-the-top shindigs can be equally fun and entertaining. As long as you're paying attention to the details and setting expectations, your party guests will have a great time. At the end of the day, the perfect event is one that the guests and staff both enjoy and that leaves everyone with fond memories of the event. Those feelings of joy and positive experiences can help to build brand loyalty and generate future opportunities for your team.


Who should you call? The pros!

Pulling off the perfect event can be difficult, even with strategic planning and good intentions. Last-minute hiccups and unforeseen complications often happen, and it's easier to manage these with the event pros in your corner. Whether you're trying to pull it together quickly or execute on months of planning, engaging the help of professional event management services like Avant-Garde can take some of the stress off your plate. With years of experience putting on polished events of every size, it's easy to see that having them on board can make things easier for you and your team. With an entire arsenal of tools to overcome obstacles, we're on standby to help elevate your holiday events. If you're looking for inspiration, check out our recent article about creative ways to come up with unique party ideas.


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