Here are some helpful tips to consider as you get ready for upcoming holiday parties at the home or office.
1. In case you are allocated a budget from the very start, select how much you want to spend on food and drinks ahead of anything else.
• Food and beverage expenses must come before other costs. Settle on the food and beverage expense and utilize the remaining for entertainment.
• The menu typically requires being pre-ordered. So if you have budget restrictions, consume more on food as it is not easy to request additional food. People can always buy drinks lest they fizzle out of drinks voucher or the host goes dry on alcohol. But, that is not the case with food.
2. Begin by having a look at the previous parties you’ve had in case you do not have a budget.
• You can get a fair idea about how much to spend for food, drinks, location rentals, prizes, entertainment, etc. by looking at the Christmas parties (or other party occasions) held during the previous years.
3. Along the lines of your food budget, schedule your main event.
• You would require providing a dinner serving of food for events that start before 8pm. A dinner serving menu would cost roughly $50 per person regardless of the style of dinner you choose.
• Or go for a snack option and have the event start after 8pm. In this case, you can offer a snack on arrival and to soak up the alcohol that may be in wheelchair accessories or cup holders, you can offer a late snack after 11pm. For this snack option, you can budget about $20 per head.
4. Think smart about the bar options.
• Think beyond cash bar, drink tickets, a drink holder, and host bar. Be innovative and consider something like a host bar restricted to specific beverage, host bar restricted to a particular costs value and a host bar restricted to a specific period.
• You can lessen the bar price substantially if you restrict your host bar from shooters. It also helps to keep the party orderly and not out of control due to wild behavior which often accompany an alcoholic beverage in a person’s cup holder.
5. In order to reduce costs and stress always choose a full service venue.
• A full service venue acts as a single core center for food, drinks and service staff. Moreover, having service staff as part of the food and drinks package decreases the costs to a significant level.
6. To reduce costs further, select a venue which has inbuilt decor and A/V systems
• Why not select a location that already contains good ambience and acoustic equipments? Restaurants and lounges are a perfect option and you don’t actually need to do anything at all.
7. Split your total budget to cost per person.
• By splitting up the total budget, you can get a more personalized look and concentrate on details of each individual. This is much easier than toiling over the general budget.