Our Guide to more Holiday Fun and Less Holiday Stress
When is it, you know, “okay” to start talking about the Holidays? If you’re in charge of the office or family holiday party, the sooner the better. The most memorable holiday extravaganzas are started when Halloween candy and costumes are still on the shelves. Otherwise you’ll end up just throwing a last minute office supply gift exchange during lunch break. Who wants that?
Start with the research. Determine your budget, group size, and what sort of venue you want. The earlier you start, the bigger you can dream. How could you, your office, or your friends and family celebrate the season? From there you can work backwards and piece together the perfect soiree.
Early planning also guarantees a better turnout. For every function someone receives an invite to, there’s a few family get-togethers, ugly Christmas sweater parties, citywide holiday events and receptions, and other gift exchanges to attend. Once November is here, all your guests’ calendars will fill up fast. Make sure your party gets on the their calendar early.
Why limit the fun to the office? Planning now opens up your guest list. Maybe there can be room for “+1’s” for family or friends, or maybe even clients or business partners if you want to keep it more formal. Keep a mantra of “the more, the merrier."
Don’t forget – early planning means better deals. Less companies and event planners will be competing with you. Your dream location and menu can not only be a reality but an affordable reality. You might find some great deals, too.
The best perk of all – less stress! Holidays can mean lots of chaos and work to do. Party planning should be fun, not busy work. When the big day comes, the early planner can kick back with everyone else knowing that their efforts were all worth it. Having one less responsibility to worry about come December can be the greatest gift of all.
WhirlyBall has the season of giving in mind early! We’re donating 5% of every holiday booking made before November 1st to a Live to Support charity of your choosing. Live To Support is a local nonprofit that uses sports to support Chicago charities.