The holiday season can be stressful in general- did you remember to get a gift for your mother-in-law? Did you send out the holiday cards in time? Did you remember to book entertainment for the company party? Planning a holiday party can be extremely stressful, especially if you’ve left it to the last minute. Help alleviate some of your holiday worries by following these tips for last minute party planning.

Be Flexible

When you’re running behind on your company’s holiday party planning, you have to be flexible. You’ll need to ensure that you can find a caterer and a venue that are both available on the day of your party. You may want to consider hosting the party on a less popular day of the week, like a Monday. You’ll want to keep your options open so that you can find the perfect services for your party. Don’t have your heart set on one venue, because it might be unavailable. It’s best to consider multiple venues, so that you can find an available one that will fit your needs.

Know Your Employees’ Preferences

You’ll want to choose a caterer that can meet your guests’ needs. If your employees are particularly health-conscientious, you’ll want the catering to reflect that. If you have employees who are vegetarian, vegan, or have other dietary restrictions, you will want to ensure that you offer appropriate alternatives for them. Determining the menu will allow you to make the best decision regarding the caterer. Your employees will appreciate the extra effort you took to make sure that they enjoy themselves.


There are several activities that can be thrown together last minute, without exceeding your budget. A white-elephant gift exchange can be a simple way to provide entertainment for your guests. Many people are used to white-elephant exchanges at holiday parties, and it can be a fun experience for everyone involved.

Another last minute option is holiday karaoke. You can either hire a professional karaoke DJ or rent a karaoke system. This is both a flexible and relatively inexpensive option for your holiday entertainment.

Whatever you decide to do for your party’s entertainment, it is a good idea to find a venue that has a built-in sound system. Providing music for your party is an easy way to improve the enjoyment of your guests, and it will be more difficult to find an available DJ than it will be to plug in an I-Pod.

An All-Inclusive Caterer

When party planning has been left to the last minute, it can be a huge source of stress. Another option is to make use of an all-inclusive caterer, such as Lux Catering and Events, that can organize every aspect of your party. An all-inclusive caterer will be able to help you locate an appropriate venue, provide decorations, and serve and organize the food.

Planning your company’s holiday party doesn’t mean you have to stress about it, even if you have procrastinated. Throwing a memorable holiday party can be easy, if you use the proper tools. To learn more about throwing the best company holiday party possible, contact us at Lux Catering and Events today.


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