Holiday Party Planning Tips for Fall/Winter 2013
It’s not too early to plan your holiday parties! Here are some hints from local experts.
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Tom Covello, owner of Celebrations Design Group in Wilmington, provider of party decor and flowers, is already working busily on three holiday parties with three different themes: enchanted forest, snowflake fantasy, and fire and ice. While some holiday parties are in the works—repeat customers often schedule venues a year in advance—there’s still time to plan a unique and memorable event for your family, friends or office. To help you out, we’ve consulted the experts for guidelines on planning, themes, decor and more.
When planning your shindig, your budget should be “first and foremost,” says Lynda Neef, owner of Events Your Way in Wilmington. “How much do you want to spend? How much can you spend? Holiday parties can become pricey.” Consider hiring an event planner, particularly if you’re pressed for time or are one of those people who love parties but hate the planning, preparation and execution.
Having someone else in charge of party planning cannot only save time and headaches, but money as well, since event planners often can negotiate price breaks with vendors, says Kameron McConnell, co-owner of Afflair Events in Wilmington.
“Some clients hire us just for the day to make sure everything arrives on time and that the event runs smoothly and exactly as they imagined. We allow the hosts to enjoy their own party,” McConnell says.
Once you have an idea of how many people you can afford to invite, you’ll have an easier time defining your target audience. Are you inviting work friends? Just family and close friends?
“If it’s intimate friends and family, you don’t need to rent a space,” says Neef. “You can host it in your own home or find a banquet room at a restaurant.”
On the other hand, she says, “If you’re having clients come, do you want to make this an adult-only event? You’ll want to have a more professional atmosphere; you won’t want DIY food.”
If you’re planning a party outside your home, look into a location ASAP. “We can pull anything together as fast as you need, but we can’t build the space,” McConnell says.