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Corporate Catering BBQ For your Company Holiday Party

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Every year it seems to come around sooner. Before you know it, winter has closed in, and it’s time again for the annual company holiday party. Consider hiring a professional for your corporate catering, like Plano BBQ Catering.

First,  where to hold your celebration, and what kind of party you will have. For smaller businesses and offices the choices can be simple. Employees can gather at the bosses home, or at a local restaurant. But for large businesses, the choices are not so simple.

With a greater number of employees to accommodate, it becomes necessary to put greater planning into your holiday celebrations. But with a little planning, it is possible to throw a festive party that celebrates the season and rewards your employees for a year’s worth of hard work. Trip Advisor says Plano is one of the best cities to work in.

Setting a Budget For Your Corporate Catering

The first step in planning a holiday party for a large office or business, is to set a budget. Tally up the number of employees at your business, and figure out how much you can afford to spend per head. This will help you make all of your party planning decisions further down the line.

With a solid budget, you can begin to scout out party venues and can begin to interview bbq caterers. Remember, a holiday party is not just about celebrating the season; it is a way of showing appreciation for your employee’s hard work. So be generous in your budgeting, but stick to it.

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Finding a Corporate Catering Venue

Some business owners like to have their holiday parties on company property. It seems easier to organize and appears to be less expensive. But staging your holiday party off-site, at an events space or hired venue, is very cost efficient and often much easier to manage. It also offers all of your employees a chance to socialize outside of the work environment and makes for a much more festive celebration.

When choosing an events space for your holiday party, there are a few things to keep in mind. You want to choose a venue that is centrally located, and easy for all of your employees to find. You will also want to choose the venue that offers adequate parking, preferably attended, for the convenience and safety of your guests.

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Most private event spaces will offer a choice of banquet halls, suitable for different sized parties. Once you have set a budget, and know who many people will be attending your party, you can consult the events coordinator to help you decide on a hall that best suits your needs.

Many venues provide decorating services for their clients, and you will want to decide if you are going to leave the holiday decorations in their hands, or if you will be appointing members of the office staff to handle the décor. If you choose the latter, you will want to coordinate with the venue’s management to set a time for your people to get in early to decorate.

It is often easier though, and cheaper, to leave this to the venue’s staff. They have the expertise, the equipment and the decorations on hand, and are more than ready to create a festive atmosphere.

Food and Refreshments at Your Holiday Party

When choosing a venue for your holiday party, you should also consider whether or not they can provide catering services. On-site caterers make planning the refreshments for your party much easier, and allows you to avoid contracting yet another outside service. Using the in-house catering service can also help to save money, as many venues offer discounts when clients bundle services together.

Your corporate catering needs will be determined by the type of party you are planning. A good caterer should be able to offer a wide range of choices, from a full service sit down dinner to an attractive holiday buffet. As you work with the catering service to prepare a menu, keep in mind that some of your employees and their spouses may be vegetarians. So you will want to ask the catering chef about alternatives suitable for your vegan or vegetarian guests.

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As you are going over the prospective menu for your holiday party, it is a good time to ask the caterer about liquid refreshments. If you want to provide an open bar for your guests, be sure to ask the caterer, and venue management, if they are licensed to serve alcohol.

Now is also the time to ask about the availability of service staff for your party. You want to know that they can supply all of the staff needed to make the evening fun, festive and free of difficulties. The caterer should be able to provide servers, bartenders, and clean-up personnel as part of your contract agreement.

Say Thank You to Your Staff With Great BBQ

Throwing a holiday party for your employees is a wonderful way to thank them for the hard work they’ve put in throughout the year. My good friend Joanna Douglas says “treating your employees right is a key factor for a successful business.”It is also a great opportunity for employees to socialize outside of the workplace, giving them the chance to create tighter bonds that will lead to more productivity in the year ahead.

With a little forethought, and with the right venue and catering staff, you can give your employees the kind of holiday party they will talk about for years. Or at least until next year’s holiday celebration.

Plano BBQ Catering specializes in corporate catering and would love to assist you in planning yours, Get a Quote Today.

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