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A Creative Outlet
(231) 223-7467
2855 Bowers Harbor Rd Traverse City
, MI
 
Samanthas Creations
(231) 275-5210
190 Sharona Ln Interlochen
, MI
 
Classic Fare Catering
(231) 995-1688
1701 E Front St
Traverse City, MI
 
Centre Street Cafe
(231) 946-5872
1125 Centre St
Traverse City, MI
 
Grand View Catering
(231) 932-9713
619 1/2 E 8th St
Traverse City, MI
 
Mountain Holiday Ski Area
(231) 938-2500
3100 Holiday Rd Traverse City
, MI
 
Grandview Catering
(231) 932-9713
428 E Front St
Traverse City, MI

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Dominos Pizza
(231) 941-5355
1027 E 8th St
Traverse City, MI
 
Grand Traverse Dinner Train
(231) 933-3768
642 Railroad Pl
Traverse City, MI

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Peninsula Grill
(231) 223-7200
14091 Center Rd
Traverse City, MI

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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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