Make Your Office Holiday Party Unforgettable With These 5 Tips

Are you stuck in a rut when it comes to planning your office holiday party?  If you always choose the same restaurant, banquet hall, or ballroom at the same ritzy hotel downtown, it may be time for a change. Yes, it’s possible to ditch the stale sugar cookies and lame DJ without adding to your stress. Don’t worry, Blue Ribbon has you covered!

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Here are our top 5 tips for helping you plan an unforgettable office holiday party without all the muss and fuss:

1. Choose a Unique Venue

There’s nothing like a change in scenery to bring a party to life. So forget about the usual choices, get creative, and think about non-traditional venues that will really WOW your guests. Museums, art galleries, and outdoor locations supply their own character, ambiance, and eliminate the need for a lot of expensive decor.

Outdoors? But “baby, it’s cold outside!” Maybe, but consider the possibilities. You could rent some outdoor heaters or choose a venue with fire pits and set up a s’more roast. With plenty of hot drinks and places for guests to warm their hands, everyone will have an unforgettable experience. And we’ll be happy to rent you enough premium restroom trailers, complete with heat and hot water, to accommodate your guests.

Of course, the best venues book up early, especially in Washington DC, so make sure to plan ahead. If you have your heart set on a particular venue and they’re booked through Christmas, fear not! You could do a post-holiday brunch the day after everyone gets back to the office. It will be easier to book a fabulous venue after the 25th and who doesn’t love omelettes and mimosas?

2. Choose an Unusual Theme

A theme can be fun if enough of your colleagues are into theme parties. Pulling off a truly unforgettable office holiday theme party requires buy in, so do what you can to increase buzz around the office. The best part of choosing a theme is that you can use it to inspire marketing ideas during the last month of 2017.

Hosting an ugly sweater party or elegant white Christmas party? Get a group photo and create a fun social media campaign. This has the double effect of creating great visuals for your clients to share with their network and giving your company a chance to show off your light-hearted side.

Another fun and festive holiday theme is doing a white elephant gift exchange. Invite everyone to bring a wrapped gift with a $25 minimum. Then sit back with your eggnog and watch everyone fight over the Awkward Family Photo 2018 Calendar. Hilarity will ensue, guaranteed.

3. Find an Event Coordinator

Okay, now for the really low stress advice. Many professional venues have event coordinators, so be sure to ask about this when booking your venue. If this is not an option, it could be well worth the investment to hire an actual event coordinator or to delegate this task to someone in the office.

Remember that this is your party too. You don’t want to be rushing around dealing with last-minute details the day of the party or triaging the usual challenges that arise like the employee who took the open bar concept a little too literally. Don’t add party coordinating to your plate. You want to reserve plenty of room for dessert.

4. Leave the Food to the Caterers

Your office holiday party should be about celebrating hard work, so make it all about your employees and colleagues. Potlucks can be fun, but they can also be stressful both for planners and guests. Rather than expecting Irma in accounting to bring her standard batch of peanut butter and chocolate fudge, think about how nice it would be to enjoy food no one felt obligated to prepare.

Get a catering company or local restaurant to handle the food and drink. Catering is easy and with a wide range of pricing available, catered food can fit within almost any office holiday party budget. Offer a lunch buffet from one of the “healthier” fast food chains, such as Panera, Founding Farmers DC, or the Protein Bar. Or if you want to do something more elegant for less money, order an assortment of fancy desserts or hors d’oeuvres with a limited number of cocktails.

5. Give Back

An office holiday party is the perfect opportunity to spread some cheer even as you celebrate with your colleagues. You could throw a toy drive for a local charity or set up a giving tree with gift tag wishlists for families in need. For a larger charitable giving campaign, ask for donations from local businesses and have a silent auction where all the funds are donated to a local charity. This is a great way to get the whole community involved too.

What are your office holiday party plans this year? We’d love to hear about all of your quirky ideas!

At Blue Ribbon Restrooms, we love the holidays and we love to make our clients holiday parties extra special. If you have a big event coming up, request your custom quote today. Let us show you how we can help you beat the stress this busy holiday season.

Awesome Do’s and Don’t’s to Make Your Outdoor Fall Wedding As Beautiful as the Season

Fall is a beautiful time to have an outdoor wedding in the DC area. The temperatures are in that sweet spot between the stifling heat of summer and the frosty cold of winter. The earthy fall colors provide the perfect backdrop for pictures too. So, if you’re considering an outdoor fall wedding, you have some great options.

Of course, as with any season, an outdoor fall wedding presents challenges that savvy brides and wedding planners should be ready to address. Whether you just got engaged and are planning to tie the knot in about a year or your big day is right around the corner, let’s discuss some of the “do’s and don’t’s” to make sure your guests fall in love with your outdoor fall wedding.

Do Take Advantage of Nature’s Backdrop

When planning a fall wedding, be sure to also plan to take plenty of outdoor shots. You and your guests will love them! The reds, golds, oranges, and browns create the most amazing natural background. One idea for a really fun shot is to have your guests toss handfuls of colorful leaves up into the air behind you and your groom. Here are some other great examples to give you some ideas.

Also, be sure to incorporate seasonal decor for a rustic, but chic look. Use gourds, pumpkins, apples, and big, bright sunflowers in centerpieces or to decorate the ceremony site. You could also take advantage of being outside by seating guests on hay bales (covered in blankets). And sprinkling colorful leaves down the aisle instead of rose petals. These ideas will not only drive home the fall theme, but add tons of color and texture for little or no extra cost!

Don’t Spare the Lighting

One challenge to keep in mind is that with the end of Daylight Savings Time, it will be getting darker sooner. If you are planning an afternoon wedding, it may well be getting dark before your guests are ready to head home. Make sure you are prepared to light their way. It is a good idea to walk the site with your wedding planner during key times to get a sense for what guests will experience.

In addition, if your venue has limited restroom facilities, it makes sense to provide luxury restroom trailers to accommodate your guests. Don’t forget to make sure the paths between these trailers and your reception site are well lit and suitable for walking, no matter the weather.

Do Stick to Fall Colors

With the spectacular color show going on outside, it makes sense to choose wedding colors that fit the fall theme. But keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be all about burgundy, maize, and orange. Complementary colors create stunning looks too. If you’re more of a neutral bride, choose blush, gold, or champagne. For the bolder bride, choose shades of cranberry, deep green, and dusty lavender. Add pops of color among the earth tones wherever you can.

Don’t Let Less Than Perfect Weather Ruin Your Day

When deciding on hair and makeup, remember that while autumn in DC is full of picture perfect days, rain and wind are also possible. For hair that will hold up the longest in inclement weather, choose an up-do or a braid. When it comes to makeup, it might be wise to choose something less dramatic, so that you or your makeup artist can easily touch up your face between photos if the weather is less than ideal.

Do Keep Your Guests Warm

If you expect your guests to party until the sun goes down, be prepared to keep them warm when they’re not out on the dance floor. Warm and seasonal cocktails are a great option (who doesn’t love a hot toddie, right?). And set up a fully stocked coffee or tea bar for guests to enjoy with their cake.

Additionally, you’ll want to provide warming areas where guests will be congregating and sitting. Our luxury restroom trailers offer climate control, so your guests will be nice and comfortable when they use the facilities. But you probably don’t want guests congregating in the restrooms.  Instead, you can rent portable gas patio heaters to set up under your tent or in the barn.

In a pinch, you could also offer guests inexpensive pashminas in your wedding colors or monographed blankets as a wedding favor. As long as you plan a fun event, a little chill in the air won’t bother most people. So don’t sweat the season!

There are lots of fun options to make your outdoor fall wedding a crimson, golden, orange, and toasty brown delight. But no matter what season you choose for your wedding day, let Blue Ribbon Restrooms make your guests feel like VIPs. Call us today to request your custom quote!