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Black Tie Company
(207) 761-6665
Christine Weber
Portland, ME
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Anania's Variety
(207) 774-8104
1227 Congress St
Portland, ME
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CVC Catering Group
(207) 756-7599
500 Southborough Drive
South Portland, ME
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Buffalo Wings N Things
(207) 854-1181
100 Main St
Westbrook, ME
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Amato's Sandwich Shops
(207) 773-1682
71 India St
Portland, ME
 
Amato's Catering & Specialty
(207) 774-3975
Dominic Reali
Portland, ME
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Churchill Caters
(207) 878-2277
1037 Forest Ave # 11
Portland, ME
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American Legion Mnchstr 62
(207) 856-7152
17 Dunn St Westbrook
, ME
 
Common Table
(207) 833-5564
1719 Harpswell Neck Rd
Harpswell, ME
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Catering By Evalin
(207) 773-8380
26 Deerfield Rd
Portland, ME
 
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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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