5 Ways To Spice Up The Holiday Party

In life, and in events, it’s convenient to be comfortable. There’s an undeniable ease and safety in booking the same venue, hiring the same caterer and contracting the same DJ every year for the company holiday party.  But if the party planning falls on your shoulders, how do you know when it’s time to break from the norm?  Well, in an age where the average attention span is less than a goldfish, it’s pretty safe to say that if you haven’t spruced up your party style in 12 months, then the boredom level may be pretty high. 

Switching venues doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be saving money, but it might be the difference between that boring carving station, and a branded mini grilled cheese bar, for the same budget. So which would you prefer? To spend 5 figures on a boring hotel ballroom, or spend that same amount on a “Cirque Du Soleil” themed bash?

If you’re unsure of where to start, here are 5 suggestions that will take your party from boring to breakout:

#1 – THEME

Baby it’s HOT outside!  Flip the script by doing the unexpected.  If you live in a warm climate, go all the way Arctic! Take guests to the North Pole,  with fake snow, faux-fur throws and sheepskin rugs. Or try a full ski chalet theme complete with a s’mores station.  Now if you’re in a cold climate, give your guests a mini-getaway with a warm party theme  such as a pool party or safari.  

#2 – GRUB

Upscale comfort food is still in folks! People love to dress up for the holidays, so give them the warmth of good eatin’ with a twist of sophistication.  How does  Creamy Lobster Mac & Cheese sound?  Maybe Thai-style BBQ ribs?  Don’t mind me as a I daydream for a second.. Sorry, wiping my mouth at the moment. Pick your foodie pleasure, but whatever you do, please don’t serve mash potatoes in a martini glass. NO!

#3 - SPIRITS

Mulberry Project is one of my favorite bars in NYC and while the word “bespoke” has been at the top of the list of the most abused words in the English vocabulary, they are one of the few that stay true to the essence of a customized experience.  So let’s borrow from their book by creating a “make your own” open bar.  Have a blackboard at the bar with 2 columns – fresh purées on one and spirits on the other.  Guests just have to simply mix and match!

#4 – ENTERTAINMENT

The element of surprise works for more than just birthday parties. Weaving it into  your entertainment can dramatically, and instantly, change the mood of soiree. For example, as guests arrive greet them with an unassuming playlist for background music. Then when the time is right, reveal live entertainment (band, dance performers, etc.), and watch the excitement level rise. For a bonus trick, encouraging crowd participation by adding Karaoke. Embarrassing, yes. Fun, most definitely!

#5 – DIY DESSERTS

I don’t mean the average candy bar.  Go wild with DIY cake pops, a spiked hot chocolate bar, or “cake Sundays”.  If you’re wondering what a cake Sunday is, then you haven’t been told about Jars by Dani. So allow me to introduce you to your new obsession!  Dani Beckerman offers layered jars made of sprinkles, cake, brownie, whipped cream, and anything decadent you can think of!  It’s like an ice cream Sunday with more deliciousness to play with. You’re welcome! :-)

et Voilà!