It’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is right around the corner. Now that we’re into October, it’s time to start thinking about your holiday party, because it will be here before you know it. As you’re well aware, NYC is very festive during the holidays, so you need to plan your party now, before everything books up.

Your guests deserve to have a great time, so use these tips to make this year’s holiday party the best you’ve ever hosted.

Decide on a Date

The holidays are a busy time of year for everyone, so unless you’re specifically hosting a Christmas Eve bash or a New Year’s soiree, choose a date earlier in the month, before the party circuit is in full swing. Ask around to find out which dates work best for your guests, and when you choose one, send invitations out as early as possible. Maximize attendance by making your party the first on everyone’s calendars.

Choose a Theme

It’s not a must, but hosting a theme party is fun and it will simplify the planning process. For example, a more casual affair could have an ugly sweater theme, while a formal function could take on a fire and ice theme. Bring your vision to life by basing your food, entertainment, venue and dress code around the theme you select.

Decide on a Venue

Most people won’t be too excited to trek downtown all the way from Upper Manhattan in the cold — and vice versa — so choose a location that’s convenient for most of your guests, if you’re not hosting at home. Keep in mind the number of people you expect to attend, so the space doesn’t ultimately feel cramped or empty.

Book a Caterer

The food and drink at your party can easily make or break the entire event, so if the food won’t be provided by your chosen venue, find an excellent caterer for your party. Sample their fare to make sure it pleases your palette, find out if your guests’ dietary restrictions can be accommodated and make sure the total cost per person fits your budget.

Hire Staff

You don’t want to spend your whole party serving hors d’oeuvres and mixing drinks, so hire people to handle these tasks for you. Rude, unprofessional, poorly trained staff can ruin your party, so choose carefully. Of course, if you work with Waitron, this is a non-issue, as we take care of the screening, hiring and training, so all you have to do is greet your event staff on the big day and watch them work their magic.

Planning a holiday party doesn’t have to be a hassle. Waitron is here to provide elite servers, bartenders and event captains to work your event, so you can enjoy the happiest time of the year without any added stress. Contact us to learn more or get started today!

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