It’s November already, and with the days growing shorter, the weeks leading up to the holiday season feel like they are flying by. December is only a few short weeks away, and it is time to start thinking about your holiday plans.
If you haven’t booked a date for your staff holiday party, pull out your calendar now! There are some great resources like Doodle that can help simplify scheduling. Doodle lets you provide a few different date options, and your staff can select the days they are free.
Once you have found a date that works, it is time to plan the event. It can be fun to create a theme that meshes well with your company and its core values. Do you love local businesses? Consider featuring only beers from a local craft brewery. Feeling philanthropic? Consider a day of volunteering and then a company mingler.
Once you have selected a theme, it is time to send out invitations. At Project House, we like to go beyond simple email invites and send a nice invitation through sites like Paperless Post or Greenvelope. Both sites can help track RSVPs, additional guest comments, and food preferences.
Be sure to follow-up with guests in the days leading up to your event to ensure that all of your staff know where and when the party is happening.
For a more in-depth look at planning corporate holiday parties, please check out Crystal’s blog from last year.
Beyond events, November is also the time to start thinking about holiday gifts for clients.
Gone are the days of overly branded client appreciation gifts. No one wants to receive a cellophane wrapped gift basket full of mugs and pens with your company’s logo on it. Instead, consider subtly branding your gifts. Fun items like bottle stoppers or glassware in your company’s colours will turn gifts into pieces that clients are happy to showcase and use in their home or office. A unique calendar created for the upcoming year can be beautiful, simple, and thoughtful. Last year we created a custom Canadian landscapes calendar for a client.
Another thoughtful appreciation gift is a curated box of your favourite things. This is a fun way to show off local designers and businesses and to create a one-of-a kind, personalized gift. My box would contain things like 33 Acres beer, Koko Monk chocolates, Oyama Sausages and Benton Brothers Cheese… yum!
Are you feeling overwhelmed as the holiday season approaches? Let us know what we can do to help! Email us at hello(at)projecthouse.ca and we’ll get you organized for the holiday season.