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When do you start planning for Holiday parties? Thinking about entertaining for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas? Don’t wait another minute! October (now) is the time to lay the groundwork, starting with:
Identify best dates: If this is a business event, think about which day of the week is most realistic for your guests, clients and staff. If a social event, there are only four weekends in November and December. That’s only 16 weekend nights to work with and they fill up fast. PS Don’t forget to check on-line for major holidays and events in your city that may conflict with your event.
Determine your guest list: This is key - you run the risk of leaving out important guests and running out of space if you let this detail go until later.
Book a Venue: If you’re not hosting at your home or office, you need the perfect location that meets all of your requirements - setting, decor, food, location, parking, amenities, service, price and so much more. Don’t forget that others are looking for the same thing, so book now before your ideal venue is taken.
*Tip* Check out our blog post 7 Tips to Selecting the Best Event Venue to help choose the right place!
Order invitations: Once you’ve confirmed your date and location, this is top priority. Holidays are the busiest time of year for entertaining, travel and events, so have invitations in the mail six weeks prior and no less than four weeks if you want to have a full crowd. By the way, e-vites are convenient, but I ofter hear stories that guests don’t receive them. Consider a printed invitation instead of a holiday greeting card this year.
There are endless details associated with pulling off a great celebration, and these are just a few. If you simply don’t have the time, Clockwise is here to help, but don’t wait ’til the last minute. Contact us to help you prep for your best event yet!
About the Author - Jamie Comiskey Watson