We are entering into the most wonderful time of the year: Holiday season. For many business leaders, that also means holiday party planning. To help guide you through that process, we went to one of the best in the business: Jennifer Russo, owner of The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s and Jennifer’s Catering. Here are five tips Russo says will help you host a fabulous holiday party for you and your team:
Have a point person: “If there are too many cooks in the kitchen, it’s all over. You need to have one point person and I make it known that we do everything. I like to take the stress out of it. With a point person, you don’t have to run around and get nuts. The point person will keep everything organized and allow you to have a good time and focus on your guests.”
Pick the perfect venue: “You want to showcase what you want to show off. If you have an incredible office, that’s great. If not, a home takes everyone out of that ‘we’re at the office’ feeling and allows people to let loose a little bit. Plus, the people that work for the host get that feeling of, ‘Hey, they’re just like me. They’re human.’”
Know your budget: “Budget is a big deal nowadays with prices fluctuating. But I can work with a lot of different budgets because we can customize your party, so I don’t want people to be scared or freaked out. Finding the right caterer that will work within your budget will make all the difference in the world.”
Picking the menu: “When I first talk with someone, we talk about food allergies and sensitivities and a lot of people will be like, ‘It’s 100 people. I don’t know.’ So we always make sure there are vegetarian options and other options because there are so many allergies now.”
Don’t forget: “Don’t forget to know your noise ordinance, because certain areas are very strict. One other thing to remember is electrical. I want to make sure that we’re not going to blow circuits. So knowing your electrical is huge. And then just trust, because you’re supposed to be having a good time.
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