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Deck the Hall…Our Favorite Wedding & Party Decor Ideas

‘Tis the season all year long at 1451 Renaissance Place. Not the holiday season, but the season for lights, candles and décor that sets the stage for any kind of party. Every week is an exclusive party with its own décor and dedicated staff member, individually suited for a wedding, company party, anniversary…

We’re honoring these beautiful occasions with our favorite décor that has decked our hall:

  • 310490_10150434622281803_1655992384_nLighted centerpieces. These centerpieces are a non-traditional and beautiful way to set the mood of your party. These centerpieces can be reminiscent of dandelions in the summer, snowflakes in the winter or just a modern touch to your elegant affair.
  • 600458_10151696105381803_1494543194_nBright colors. Colors are a great way to capture the essence of your colorful personalities or the season of your occasion. Done correctly, bright colors can be an elegant touch for a very colorful couple or a wedding with a season theme, such as a winter or autumn wedding. For a winter wedding, think blues, reds or maroon. Summer and spring? Consider green or colors of the beach. Autumn-themed weddings bring the Wisconsin fall colors in. Don’t feel you have to use seasons to bring in colors, just look for inspiration in your favorite bright colors like they did for this party.
  • 10632619_10152731218526803_2716563146322134270_nYour name in lights. Whether it’s your last name with colorful uplighting or your first names against a curtain, this is a spectacular way to celebrate your matrimony or guest of honor. This is your day, and why not highlight that in lights?
  • 10370832_10152659675701803_7128647646510151268_nElegant flowers and candles. Flowers and candles are a timeless classic, with variations that fit the couple or honoree. Whether you want a vintage feel, understated elegance or a pop of color, flowers are a beautiful way to wow your guests as they enter our historic, elegant hall. Another idea: for a vintage wedding, play up the flowers with lace touches throughout the hall.

What will your part décor be at your wedding or party? Draw inspiration from our favorite décor for your wedding or party. Think about who you are, and what style fits with your dress and food choices. If you need more assistance with selecting décor for your big event, contact one of our event planners for ideas. They have experience with event décor, and can get your event confirmed. The calendar is filling up, so book today to reserve your date. The possibilities are endless, and we can’t wait to see how our hall looks in 2015.

The Company Holiday Party Checklist (Part II)

310490_10150434622281803_1655992384_nPlanning your ideal company party is a big job with a long checklist of details to plan, so extensive that this blog post is a continuation of our original post The Company Holiday Party Checklist. In our last post, we discussed picking the date and time of day that works best for your employees, and your business. Remember, the holiday party is supposed to be about team-building and appreciation, so you want to make sure that every detail puts your employees, and their families, in the holiday spirit:

Theme. A holiday party without a theme is an event without direction. Decide on a theme, and use it to plan your refreshments, decorations and entertainment, even if you use it in subtle ways.

Food. Food is an integral part of every party, with many different options:

  • Finger food/appetizers. If your party is being held in mid-afternoon, a luncheon, or a late evening affair, make your party an assortment of finger food and appetizers that fit with your holiday theme.
  • Holding a luncheon or evening cocktail hour? Treat your employees to a full buffet to show them you care. A buffet is also suitable for a holiday party where your employees are coming in shifts, making it easy to keep the food warm while still providing food for everyone.
  • Traditional meal. The traditional sit-down meal is always appreciated, whether you are hosting your employees and their significant others for an evening affair or for a luncheon. If you are shutting down your business for a mid-day luncheon, a sit-down meal ensures that everyone gets lunch and can head back to the office.

Transportation. Book a venue with parking so your employees don’t have to pay for parking. This is a small (and often unnoticed) way to show appreciation for your employees.

Entertainment. Your entertainment for the event depends on the type of event you are holding. A 45-minute speech by your president is corporate entertainment, but does not always enhance that holiday atmosphere. If you are hosting a simple or small gathering, carolers or a Santa Claus are simple ways to create a festive mood. For a large gathering, contact a booking agent about selecting the right entertainers for your event.

Gifts. Don’t feel you have to give gifts to your employees, but don’t break tradition either. If your company has traditionally given out gifts, continue the tradition or communicate with your employees about your plans for this year before the holiday party. Want to create a new, charitable corporate holiday party tradition? Put a giving tree with requested gifts for local children in need up a few weeks before in your office. Have your employees bring the gifts to the party, and place them under a tree. Another option: hold a food or toy drive, and have your employees bring their donations. This is a way to show you are a giving corporate member of the community. DON’T forget to show appreciation to your employees for making it happen.

If your holiday party planning checklist is the length of Santa’s gift list, contact a venue with event planners on staff. Having an event planner from the venue allows your company to have a single contact before and during the party. A designated event planner also frees up your employees to enjoy the party, each other’s company and the appreciation of a job well done.

The Company Holiday Party Checklist (Part I)

Renaissance Place1The task of planning the company holiday party comes with an event planning checklist rivaling most large weddings—even when trying to simplify. In fact, there are so many factors to consider when throwing a company holiday party that we had to break it down in multiple blog posts.

Company atmosphere, number of employees, budget and holiday traditions dictate the type of company holiday party thrown, but companies have many options for hosting their party, and factors to consider along the way:

Date. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? With a company holiday party, it’s not that simple. Today’s event planners have options for party dates that go beyond the traditional December evening cocktail party:

  • January or February party. Want to wait until after the crazy holiday season? Consider a winter gathering in January or February.
  • A longer party for bigger crowds. If you’re worried about having staff to man the phones through the day, or have a larger crowd but don’t want to book a large venue for your hundreds or thousands of employees, hold an “open gingerbread house” holiday party with festivities that last throughout the day. You’ll not only save money on venue rental but your employees appreciate the option to come when it works best for them.
  • Afternoon party or luncheon. Consider a luncheon at a venue outside of the corporate headquarters. Sure we all love to be able to duck back to our desks to check our voicemails, but a company holiday party should be your employees’ chance to get away from the office. Book a venue for an “off day”—a week day when events are typically not held—during the afternoon when venues offer discounted rates. Host a simple, professional party or a more casual affair during the work day.

Attendance Policy.  This is a quandary ever company has faced: how do you handle attendance at a company holiday party? The simple reality is that not every employee is comfortable attending, and it has nothing to do with their feelings for the company. Another reason why an employee may not be able to attend is logistics, such as finding a babysitter, or scheduling if they have other commitments at that time. There are a few different policies companies have used to handle attendance:

  • This is a policy many companies use, especially if the party is planned during the day, but not recommended by most event planners.
  • Work or attend. If hosting a party during the work day, many companies give employees the option to stay at the office and work or attend the gathering. If this is the option your company chooses, make sure that everyone who wants to attend can and no one is left behind.
  • Employees’ choice. Employees can choose to attend, or not attend.

Alcohol. If holding a holiday party during the work day, or if hosting a luncheon where employees are expected to return to work, every company can choose to limit or choose not to have alcohol at the party. Don’t feel obligated to have alcohol at your event, but don’t be afraid to serve alcohol either. Make sure the decision is approved by your top managers, and your legal counsel.

There’s so much more to consider when planning your holiday party. Check back for Part II of the checklist for company holiday party planning.