Holiday Party Ideas: Tips From Event Pros

By Lisa Cericola November 19, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

Photo: Courtesy of Precision Event Group

Here, industry folks share holiday party ideas and trends.

“Last year we were on a tight budget, so we hired Precision Event Group to turn one of our parking lots into a dance club complete with DJ—who was spinning from above the crowd on an industrial staircase—and, of course, a disco ball. Our employees loved it.”  
—Pam Byrne, executive director, studio services, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Los Angeles

“When decorating a conference room, make the table the central focus by creating a runner installation. Use white plush fabric adorned with white and silver ornaments. Incorporate height by propping white feather mini trees on either side of the table, which can be adorned with a touch of red. If the office has glass windows, you can create a bigger statement by designing holiday graphics that frame your table-runner installation.”
—Shai Tertner, president, Shiraz Events, New York and Miami

“It's the return of the specialty cocktail. We don't foresee clients returning to the luxury bar packages, but rather sticking with beer, wine, and soda, with a specialty drink added for creativity and variety.”
—Loren Johnson, sales consultant, Blue Plate Catering, Chicago

“We hired My Party Impressions to provide a flip book station, which was a huge hit at the event. The guests had a blast creating their own unique scenes, and it was a great take-home for them as well."   
—Laura Bryce, account executive, High Road Communications, Toronto

“It's back to basics: comfort food with an air of sophistication for our clients this year. Gourmet grilled cheese is in high demand. We serve spicy Genoa salami and aged cheddar with tomato and green apple and Brie with crushed walnuts and watercress.”
—Sebastien Centner, director, Eatertainment Special Events and Catering, Toronto

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