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Wedding By Celeste
(734) 971-4041
3123 Platt Rd Ann Arbor
, MI
 
Putting It Together
(734) 222-6365
290 Village Green Blvd Ann Arbor
, MI
 
Baskets & Beyond
(734) 482-1162
6310 Tuttle Hill Rd Ypsilanti
, MI
 
Shaun & Shaun Productions
(734) 487-9819
1111 Harris Rd Ypsilanti
, MI
 
The Barnstormer
(734) 449-2023
9411 E M 36 Whitmore Lake
, MI
 
Grotto Club of Ann Arbor Inc
(734) 663-1202
P.O. BOX 1805 Ann Arbor
, MI
 
Class of 1970 Reunion
(734) 994-5943
1907 Miller Ave Ann Arbor
, MI
 
Keepsake Wedding Music & More
(734) 484-0011
550 Berkley St Ypsilanti
, MI
 
Design My Wedding
(734) 929-9764
61 Russell Blvd Ypsilanti
, MI
 
Gala Weddings
(734) 564-6485
526 Westbrook Whitmore Lake
, MI
 

Business parties: Company Party Tips

Company Party Tips

Thinking about what to do for your company holiday party? Planning another type of business event?

While business entertaining has declined dramatically in the past couple of years, the good news is that an estimated 81% of businesses plan to celebrate the holidays with a party in 2009.

Great way to say "thank you"

Smart employers know that company parties are a good way to show appreciation to employees--especially during rough times.

If you're in charge of party planning. here are some helpful tips:

  •  Have the party off-site, if possible: Arrange for a change of scenery, if it's at all feasible. Have the party in a restaurant or catering hall. Check out the party facilities at a local museum, aquarium, or botanical garden. It's wise to start making inquiries several months ahead. But it still might be possible to find a great venue at a reasonable price, this year.
  • Offer food with the drinks: Cocktail parties are great to promote mingling. If you're going to be serving alcoholic drinks , however, be sure there will be plenty of food, as well. That way, guests won't feel the effects of the alcohol as quickly as they would while nibbling on the occasional tiny hors d'oeuvre . Employees and/or other guests will certainly be happier—and much safer, too.
  • Hire a bartender: Wherever the party is held, be sure there's a bartender. You should have at least one bartender for every 75 to 100 people.
  • Be sure to have enough wait st...

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Business parties: Office holiday party ideas: Latest trends

Here's a good sign that business is improving: Some 66% of office holiday party budgets will remain the same or increase, this year.

That's the finding of a new survey by GigMasters.com, an entertainment booking service in Redding, Connecticut.

This year, "many companies are bringing the party to the office," says company co-founder Kevin Kinyon. "With good catered food and great entertainment, you've got a party!"

Where company holiday party budgets are going

  • Great food: Some 86% of business plan to include employees' spouses and significant others, this year. So food remains the top priority for office holiday parties, accounting for 58% of overall party budgets. Dinner buffets and "hors d'oeuvres & desserts" are the most popular offerings.
  • Fun: Entertainment represents another 16% of party budgets, especially as more companies host parties at the office. Among the most popular types of entertainment: comedians, cover bands, balloon twisters, DJ's, impersonators, and Santa Clauses.

Where companies are cutting

  • Venue: Venue and decoration costs, typically 25% of office holiday party budgets, are often the targets of money-saving cuts. Companies are choosing locations that don't cost extra, such as the office or someone's home. Decorations may be re-cycled, or in some cases, eliminated entirely.
  • Alcohol: Alcoholic drink costs are also being pared down. Having cash bars or offering limited selections, such as wine and beer, are popul...

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