We know first-hand how much fun a company holiday event can be. Our staff celebrates the season every year with a holiday party that we organize. It’s just one of the ways that we like to show our appreciation for their hard work – and we know you feel the same!
But we also know first-hand how stressful it can be to ensure your holiday party pleases everyone, especially if you’re new to planning the festivities. So here’s our gift to you – we’re sharing our top tips to make your company holiday party a hit this year.
1. Get it catered
As much as you all may love Sharon from HR’s lasagna that she brings to every potluck, give your staff the night off from the cooking and have your event catered. If you think your team is too small, think again – catered dishes aren’t just for massive groups. Bettolino Kitchen offers catering dishes for groups as small as eight!
2. Have a signature cocktail
If your party will have a bar, consider a signature cocktail that encompasses the theme of your event or the personality of your company. Signature cocktails do more than just add a little pizazz to the festivities, they also keep the bar line short and can even keep guests’ alcohol consumption lower with a controlled recipe.
3. Create a unique photo opportunity
If you’ve ever been to our location in Redondo Beach, you know we love a photo booth! Yours doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. Setup a backdrop, get a few props, and encourage guests to take photos. Designate someone on the team to gather photos from everyone afterward for company social media or internal newsletters.
4. Set expectations in advance
Some companies are hesitant to host holiday parties because they want to avoid mishaps. Setting expectations in advance can help you avoid any awkward situations. Consider the boundaries you want to set (no spouses or kids, a limit of two alcoholic beverages) and kindly note them in your invitation so that everyone is aware ahead of time. Communicating these expectations with people like the check-in team or the bartender are also helpful.
5. Give a gift
Showing your appreciation doesn’t have to mean a lavish gift for each and every employee. Even with a large team, you can provide low-cost items like company swag, gift cards from local businesses, a holiday ornament, or vouchers to book one of your company’s services. Get creative – it’s the thought that counts!
6. Keep it simple for small teams
If your team is small, you can nix the party planning and keep it simple by giving them a break during the workday with a special lunch. In fact, we can take the work off your plate and host it for you at our restaurant!
Let Us Cater Your Holiday Party
We’d love to provide the food for your team’s upcoming holiday party, or host your team at our restaurant! You can find more about our catered dishes here on our website, and even place the order as little as 24 hours prior to pickup. For party information, please call our restaurant at (310) 375-0500 and speak with a manager.