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Party Planning Ideas for End-of-the-Year Events

By November 26, 2019November 23rd, 2022No Comments

With the holiday season in full swing, hotels and event spaces are buzzing with excitement and a packed schedule of end-of-the-year events. Not to mention, New Year’s Eve is one of the highest occupancy nights of the year for hotels. As you brace yourself for the December parties, take a look at the following event planning trends.

Holiday parties

When it comes to planning holiday parties, people want to pull out all the stops. Some companies may use this as an opportunity to reward their staff for a job well done throughout the year by treating them with an amazing experience.

Some popular ideas for holiday parties include interactive activities, such as a photo booth with props or a build-your-own gingerbread house station. Lighting effects are another popular idea for events, and giving your guests the ability to personalize their event will be a boon to business. 

Menu options should also have a wide variety for everyone, including some vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and sugar-free items. For hotel bars, offering holiday-themed drinks and custom beverages for events are trendy.   

Winter weddings

With their unique sense of romance and whimsy, winter weddings are becoming more and more popular. Brides today are searching for wedding reception venues during the winter months that offer a luxurious experience. 

Since guests will have to remain indoors and the weather outside will be chilly, the focus is all on the wedding venue’s interior. Hotels with extraordinary details such as rich wood paneling, elegant lighting fixtures, and gorgeous city views at nighttime are top of the list to wow wedding guests. 

New Year’s Eve

Whether your hotel will be the venue for a New Year’s Eve party or simply a place to stay overnight as the new year begins, hotels can expect a rush at this time of year. Prepare your hotel for success by giving guests an array of choices for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Help guests get the festivities underway by providing complimentary party poppers in their rooms. Upsell a special New Year’s Eve package with dinner reservations, roses, and a bottle of champagne.

Create an attractive outdoor VIP area with heated cabanas, which gives party guests and hotel guests an additional space for socializing in a cozy environment.   

Look for ways to offer guests and party planners a little something extra compared to your competition to book as many rooms and events at your hotel as possible. These are just a few ideas, but find the best options that make the most sense for your clientele. 

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