Quick Holiday Event Planning Primer

Auction HouseIt's hard to believe that in just over 3 weeks, it will be Christmas. It's a busy season for corporate event planners. Whether you're putting the finishing touches on a holiday event, pulling together a last-minute holiday event, or holding a post-mortem for a recent holiday event, these tips will help you. They'll also help you begin planning next year's event early - as soon as you take a breather!

  1. Don't just offer the same event year after year.
    Especially if many of the same guests will be in attendance, it's important to bring variety and a fresh approach to every year's Christmas event.
     
  2. Pick a theme.
    Themes will drive your choices from venues and menus to color scheme and entertainment. Mix it up with a different theme every year.

    6 Cool Christmas Event & Meeting Themes, American Style Special Events, and 4 Fabulous Christmas Event Themes
     
  3. Book a venue that already reflects your theme.
    You'll provide a unique environment for guests and save on decorating costs.

    Cool Christmas Event Venues, Unique Christmas Event Venues, Cool Venues Where Groups can Chill for Summer and Christmas Events, and Pop-up Christmas Event Venues
     
  4. Add decor and centerpieces that underscore the event theme.

    7 Inspiring Ideas for Christmas Event Decor

     

This it how it all comes together for a Christmas in Narnia themed event at The Auction House.

 

 

  1. Enhance Christmas event menus by adding bold cuisine to traditional favorites.

    Foreign Festive Fare for Christmas Events and 40 Wonderful Winter Menu Ideas
     
  2. Even if the budget is limited, be sure not to scrimp on entertainment that adds the element of surprise to wow your guests.
     
  3. Use the Cvent Event Blog's Learning From Holiday Events: An 8 Point Checklist to identify what worked and areas for improvement for next year.
     
  4. Learn why Why Savvy Companies Start Planning for Christmas in the Summer and make a commitment to begin your planning earlier for next year.

 


 

Need to pull a Christmas event together at the last minute?

Quick Last Minute Christmas Event Planning Tip: Select a venue that is already decorated and match your theme to the venue. Here is an example from Victoria Mansion, a national historic landmark in Portland, Maine.

 

Consult Last Minute Holiday Event Planning: Quickly and EasilyChristmas Event Planning: Finding Venues at the Last Minute, and 8 Great Places to Find Holiday Goodies.

Photo Credit: “Christmas in Narnia at The Auction House, Luton, Beds(UK)
Photo by kind permission of Kam Assi, Abraxas Photography, Beds, UK”

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