How to Plan a Successful Company Holiday Party


The corporate holiday party is a valued tradition in American business. It’s an opportunity for employees to socialize and let their hair down after good year’s work, and a perfect opportunity for management to show their appreciation and build morale.

While we’re still in the middle of the dog days of summer here in Connecticut, autumn and the holiday season afterwards are just around the corner. If you haven’t yet, now’s the time to start planning your company’s holiday party.

Choose the Right Venue

With party planning, as with real estate, location is everything. Choosing the right venue is about more than just finding a great space, it’s about great service. Having a staff you can trust on your side goes a long way toward making the planning process easier for you, and toward making the final product better for those in attendance.

For corporate holiday parties in Connecticut, consider the Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station in Haddam or its sister venue, the Society Room of Hartford.

What good is a company party without great food? Your party’s menu should be appetizing for everyone, including vegetarians or other employees with dietary restrictions. The menu should definitely be a considering when deciding on an event venue.

If you’re hosting your party in the workplace, you need to find a great caterer. If you’re in Connecticut, consider Riverhouse Catering.

Get the Boss on the Guest List

Remember when we said holiday parties were a great chance for management to show employees their appreciation? It works a lot better if they do it in person.

If the boss or management team doesn’t usually attend the annual holiday party, make this the first year they do. Not only will they enjoy themselves, but it will give the entire company an opportunity to cut loose as a team. This could have a positive impact on communication, collaboration, and productivity for the entire year to come.

Want to learn more about planning a great holiday party for your Connecticut company? Take a look at the Holiday Party Packages offered by The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, or view the menu for our Holiday Open House.