Have you been put in charge of managing this months’ company party? Worried that you may forget to arrange something, start a fire in the kitchen, or worse, overspend on your budget? Have no fear! Beverage Events is here to help you plan a party on a budget. Follow these seven simple steps and you will have your co-workers and your boss in awe at how awesome you are.
1) Shop wholesale- You should shop at Costco or another available wholesale superstore when you are looking to buy food and supplies for your party. By shopping wholesale, you will be able to save huge amounts on things like plates, napkins cups, appetizers, soda, chips, dip, and snacks. Restaurant Depot is a secret known about by many in the restaurant industry as another great wholesale option for buying food and supplies in bulk.
2) Use Company Space- Having a party at the office can be a lot better than you might think if you put forth a little bit of effort and think creatively. Try to find a room that would be big enough to hold most of the people at the party and is surrounded by an open area where people can mingle and sip their drinks. Find an out of sight area nearby where you will have space to prepare everything you need. Hit up iParty for supplies and ask some of the creative people in the office if they would like to help you decorate, then let them go nuts! Hint: Highlight the fact that you think they would be good at this since they are so creative. Flattery is a very persuasive tool!
3) Find Low Cost Entertainment-One of the best company parties I have ever bartended featured some awesome free entertainment that kept people in stitches all night. They set up a big screen television, hooked up Wii and Xbox and featured video games that are more social like Wii Sports or Guitar Hero. Watching your company CEO jam out to Freebird will not only be free for the company, it will also be PRICELESS. Be sure to bring a camera! Renting a photo booth is also fairly low cost and a nice addition to your party.
Other low cost forms of entertainment that people enjoy include trivia games, Apples to Apples or other silly card games, or simply a well made party playlist from your iTunes library. A band or single musician is also an exciting form of low cost entertainment. If you are in the Boston area, consider hiring a Berklee College student. They are incredibly talented and very affordable! If you would like to learn more, call the Career Development Center at (617) 747-2246.