The holiday season is almost here, which means countless companies and businesses will planning their annual parties. A holiday party offers the perfect opportunity for employees to unwind, which may improve their productivity and morale. But there are a few things you should know when planning your party.

Do Choose a Convenient Date

One of the first steps in planning a corporate holiday is selecting the right date. An actual holiday like Thanksgiving isn’t recommended, simply because employees probably have other plans. If your company is closed for the weekend, though, perhaps you can schedule your party for the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Another idea is to hold your party on a weekday after closing hours. Talk to your employees to see what date and times are most convenient for them.

Do Book Vendors Early

Party and event vendors are typically busy during the holiday season, which is why it’s a good idea to book them early. If you wait until the week prior to your party, you may struggle to find vendors who are available. After choosing a date, go ahead and start calling vendors to see who’s available and who’s not. Getting a head-start on your party planning will make the process easier and less stressful.

Do Share Gifts

Gift sharing is perfect for corporate holiday parties. Something as simple as a Secret Santa program in which each employee buys a gift for another employee without his or her knowledge is sure to leave a lasting and positive impression on your workers.

Don’t Forget the Entertainment

Holiday parties are all about having fun, so don’t forget the entertainment. Whether it’s a magician, DJ or live band, you need professional entertainment to set the tone for a fun-filled party. Without entertainment, your holiday party is destined for failure — and that’s never a good way to end the year.

Don’t Have Your Party at the Office

While typically cheaper — and probably easier, as well — you should avoid having your holiday party at the office. Employees don’t want to party in the environment where they work, as this reminds them of their upcoming tasks and appointments. Instead, book your holiday party at a venue away from the office.

Don’t Forget the Food and Beverages

This tip is pretty self-explanatory. Make sure you provide employees with plenty of delicious food and beverages at your holiday party. You could even go one step further by incorporating festive, seasonal food and beverages into your party.

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