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Holiday parties are a great way to bring together friends, co-workers, business associates together to celebrate accomplishments and enjoy the holiday season. Planning a holiday party usually requires coming up with a budget, finding an appropriate venue, finding the right menu with a wide variety of choices for a diversified guest list, decorating and thinking of seasonal items, gifts, finding entertainment and lighting, photography, slideshows or pictures of the past year and transportation.

With all of these items to think about and a thousand other things going on planning can seem rather daunting, but if you are prepared and have access to the right resources planning can be pretty painless. We’re offering our expertise in event planning to help you plan a fantastic holiday party within budget and offering the wow factor to impress your guests.

The Date and Venue
Step one in the process is thinking about where you are having your holiday party. Possible options are:

Holiday Party Food Choices
When putting together a menu meet with the catering staff to come up with a menu that meets all of your guests needs. Whether you want heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar to save money or a full out meal having meat, fish, vegetarian or kosher options are important to make everyone feel welcome. Catering is generally the most expensive part of your holiday party.

Holiday Party Decorations
When thinking about decorating many venues will have seasons items either available for rent or already in place for your party saving you money. Lighting can many times be one of the most cost effective ways to decorate your party. The lights are generally dimmed for most of the event so having a combination of uplighting, candles, themed lighting, texture lighting or company branded lighting can really make a huge impact. It's best to entertain people through all of their senses, sense of sight is the strongest so if you make a big impact from the start, you're on your way to a successful evening.

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One option that can add a huge impact to your party is lighting. Holiday party lighting is a quick and easy way to add a large wow factor. You can have snowflakes, washes of red, green and gold light on the walls, or even your companies logo or sponsorship opportunities for custom logo lights. These can all come together to create an incredible display out of an ordinary rectangular room or rather drab environment.

Holiday Party Entertainment
Depending on your budget you might want the unrivaled versatility of a DJ or the aura of a band or a roving acappella group to offer seasonal songs. Hiring entertainment is important to bring cohesion to the entire holiday party. It offers background music during dinner and cocktail hour and a chance for everyone to get up and dance or enjoy the music as the evening progresses.

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Hiring a holiday party photographer can be a great way to give your guests a great memory of the fun they had and a memento to take home with them. Many parents enjoy the photos because its one of the few times they are able to get out and  have an evening to dress up. Having a holiday party photographer there to capture the event is a great way to capture the evening.

Many companies will offer multiple options for either having photos available at the end of the evening, or posting them online for purchase or included as a package.

Holiday Party Transportation
Arranging for a valet company can be a great way to make guests feel welcome right when they arrive. Arranging for taxis to be available, or having numbers will help make sure everyone gets home safely. Having buses or access to metro can also aid in everyone getting home safely.

We wish you the best of luck with your holiday party and that you found this helpful. Feel free to link to us or send holiday party lit christmas tree lighting effectus a message if you found this helpful.

DC and Virginia Holiday Parties

If you are having a DC holiday party we can offer you entertainment, lighting and photography packages to make your holiday party in DC a fantastic success.

Not only will you get the highest quality entertainment, lighting and photography we offer great packages to make it a great value for your holiday party.

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