November 22, 2010

Catering Tips: Saving Money on the Corporate Holiday Party

Now you have some ideas for planning a fun corporate holiday party. Here are some ideas for cutting costs:
  • Have your party catered, rather than going to a restaurant, so you can the control the costs and options by offering a set menu, instead of letting employees order off a regular menu.
  • Purchase a table at a single group rate, where all the details are included, by joining other businesses in the festivities.
  • Hold the party during the day, when venues often offer lower prices.
  • Save printing and postage costs by sending invitations via a free online service.
  • Reduce drink costs by limiting choices to one or two specialty drinks, rather than hosting an open bar.
  • Instead of giving away favors that will be thrown away or forgotten, or having an awkward gift-exchange, ask attendees to bring a new toy to donate to Toys for Tots.
What's your favorite thing about holiday office parties? What does your company do that's unique and fun? Leave a comment here or on Twitter or Facebook to be entered into a drawing to win free delivery on a Set & Go Holiday Lunchtime Buffet in December 2010 (up to $35 value).

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