Office Holiday Party Planning Guide
Office holiday parties do more than give employees a place to unwind and have fun. They create bonds by providing an off-hours chance for everyone to get to know each other better. They act as a thank you for all the hard work everyone’s been doing all year. And, perhaps most important of all, an office holiday party serves as celebration of your business and everyone who is a part of it. With so many benefits depending on your company party, it’s important to do it properly. These tips from Hampshire House will show you how.
Decide the Party Type
Knowing the type of party you want to have is crucial to the planning process. This involves envisioning what you want the celebration to look like as well as establishing its goal. Is the party for employees only, or does it include spouses or other guests? How formal do you want the party to be?
Once you’ve established the type of party you want to have, you can move forward with:
- The guest list and dress code
- Setting the date and time
- Dedicating a budget
- Choosing a theme
- An event planning checklist
The event planning checklist outlines all the tasks that need to be done prior to the party, as well as a deadline for each.
Choose Your Venue
Holding your office party in your office may leave you lacking adequate space, accommodations, and ambiance. Instead, create a truly memorable celebration and experience with a venue well-known for its remarkable ambiance and offerings.
Hampshire House is one of those venues. From its warm and elegant atmosphere to its charming location in the heart of Boston’s Beacon Hill, Hampshire House provides the ideal space for private events of distinction. Ensure your office party is one of them. With exclusive venues in high demand during the holidays, try to book your venue as early as possible.
Tend to Other Details
Additional details that need to be ironed out include:
- Food: Your choice of food plays a role in the ambiance and overall success of the party.
- Drinks and bar option: Decide on the types of drinks and whether or not you want bartender service.
- Chair and table rental if needed: Consider upgrading your chairs and linens to a holiday theme.
- Entertainment and equipment: This category covers things like musicians or a DJ, as well as AV equipment.
- Speakers and hosts: Having hosts greet guests adds a classy touch and helps people feel more comfortable from the onset. Speakers can provide year-end information or award presentations that are relevant to your party type and theme.
Once all details have been covered, your next steps include sending out invitations and then tackling each task on your event planning checklist. While you can certainly tackle any of the additional details individually, you can also take care of many of them by choosing a venue that takes care of many of the accommodations.
Hampshire House is a prime example, as it comes fully outfitted with seating and table options as well as exceptional dining, party food, and drink options. The space can also be decorated and laid out in such a way to set the mood, tone, and theme of your party. For more information or to secure a reservation, contact us today.
Fall Wedding Trends
Fall tends to arrive with excitement in the air, and that excitement can become even more pronounced when you’re planning a fall wedding. Striking colors, natural beauty, and an almost magical anticipation are all associated with the season. Those same elements are present in the array of fall wedding trends. As the premier wedding venue in Boston, Hampshire House is always up to date with the most fashionable ways to celebrate.
Fall Wedding Colors
Delectably deep and comforting colors are always in vogue for fall. Dark plums and beckoning burgundy set the stage for a warm and regal vibe, with pastel and neutral accents adding complementary hues.
The lighter colors are often veiled with a frosty overlay, producing icy blues, misty blushes, and ivory instead of the traditional white. Such combinations create a Victorian feel, and the darker colors are indicative of the changing season while the misty pastels add a touch of romance.
Fall Wedding Flowers
Rich tones again take center stage with deep reds, ivory, and greens mingled for magnificent effects. Bouquets appear fresh-picked and artfully wild-grown with wine-colored petals, thick foliage, and delicately dangling vines. Swap out traditional tabletop floral arrangements with verdant, leafy displays. Try eucalyptus, succulents, or bay leaf branches. Add a pop of color with exotic berry sprays.
Fall Wedding Flavors
Incorporating seasonal flavors into your fall wedding is a must. Apple and pumpkin desserts work well, as do seasonal dishes highlighting the best the local market has to offer. Fresh, local ingredients create the most flavorful dishes, while classic fall comfort foods can be presented with a modern, upscale twist. Opt for a chef that can provide a customized menu that truly showcases the taste of the season, such as Hampshire House Executive Chef Markus Ripperger.
Fall Wedding Cakes
Blooms, berries and greenery again make an appearance on fall wedding cakes. The natural elements are taking the place of sugar roses and elaborate fondant designs, providing a cleaner look. Fall wedding cakes are also typically smaller than the grand, multi-tiered cakes. The wedding cake is still an integral part of the dessert menu, yet other items are likewise being offered. This is the perfect place to include apple and pumpkin pie.
Fall Wedding Reception Décor
The cooler season calls for décor that provide a warm embrace. The trend has also been building up the space between the tabletops and the ceiling. This can be done with natural elements, such as tall, leafy branches, or with tall candles and candelabras. These lighting elements provide visual appeal as well as a soft, magical glow for the festivities.
One more element to consider for your fall wedding is the venue, which needs to be as special and distinctive as you are. The premier wedding venue of Hampshire House has long been the choice for the most elegant affairs. Located in the heart of Boston’s Beacon Hill, Hampshire House is an intimate Bostonian mansion that is just the place to create a truly memorable experience. Contact us to learn more or book an appointment today.
Events to do in Boston in the Fall – Hampshire House
Crisp weather, breathtaking colors, and cozy sweaters are all part of Boston in the fall. So are a multitude of events that allow you to absorb all the autumnal beauty our historic city has to offer. As longtime Boston lovers and residents, we here at Hampshire House selected several of our favorite seasonal activities to share.
Boston Fall Foliage Tours
Boston’s fall foliage is amazing, and you have several ways to enjoy it. One option is a guided tour exploring New Hampshire’s White Mountains. It’s a driving tour down the top 34 miles in the county for viewing the changing leaf colors. Learn more.
Additional fall foliage tours are offered annually, providing an array of options for experiencing the season in a way that suits you best. If you prefer heading out on your own or with a few friends to absorb the beauty, you can certainly do that too.
Three of the best areas to experience fall foliage in Boston include:
- The Public Garden, in the heart of Boston Proper
- Boston Common, a historic 44-acre plot that serves as a city center of activity
- The Esplanade, a long, narrow park abutting the Charles River, stretching from Beacon Hill to Back Bay and beyond
Boston Arts Festival
The city’s natural beauty is supplemented by artistic beauty during the annual Boston Arts Festival. Taking place over a two-day period in September every year, the event is an extravaganza of visual and performing arts at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park on Boston Harbor.
Run by the same people behind Artists Crossing Gallery and the Beacon Hill Art Walk, the Arts Festival also kicks off Boston’s Art Open Studios season. The festival features performances from local musicians and dozens of craftspeople and visual artists showcasing and selling their vast variety of work.
Boston Fall Cruises
Local cruises provide a different perspective of Boston, and many of them run well into the fall season. The Boston Whale Watching Cruise provides a three-hour experience that gives you a ship deck view of humpback whales, finback whales, and dolphins.
Enjoy a luxurious evening with the Boston Harbor Champagne Sunset Sail. The tour departs from Rowes Wharf and offers a stunning view of several waterfront landmarks at sundown.
Additional fall boat tours and cruises range from daytime sailing cruises to a ride in a historic yacht. Once again, the vast variety of options allows you to enjoy the season in a manner that suits you best.
Create Your Own Fall Event
If you’d prefer to experience an event that’s even more personalized, you’re always welcome to create your own. Perhaps you want to celebrate the change of season with an intimate, friendly gathering. Or you’d like to invite coworkers and friends to a larger gathering featuring an exquisite seasonal menu and drinks.
Whatever option you choose, it will be a memorable one if you hold it at Hampshire House, the premier venue for distinctive private events and corporate celebrations. Learn more or book your reservations by contacting us today.