A Foolproof Guide to Planning Your Next Corporate Event

planning your next corporate eventIf you’re like many businesses, you likely have several events scheduled for the coming year. The guest list might range in size from small to large, and the purpose for each probably varies. One thing, however, is likely to remain constant: food. It’s common if not expected for food to be provided at gatherings both private and corporate. As you begin planning your next corporate event, take these tips into account:

  1. Choose a good location. The setting and atmosphere is hugely important! The venue sets the tone for your event and plays a large part in determining whether your guests have a good time or if you are able to accomplish the event’s purpose. >>>Check out this list of unique and creative venue ideas
  2. Plan a strategy to ensure attendance. There’s nothing worse than putting in time and effort planning your next corporate event only to have no one show up. Start with a strategic guest list, give plenty of notice, and overcommunicate! >>>Get the full strategy to 100% attendance here
  3. Select a solid budget. Events can’t happen without money, but they can happen without going over budget. How? By starting with a realistic expectation of what you need to spend. >>>Find expert event budget insight here
  4. Decide whether to serve drinks or not. Serving alcohol at events can certainly make them more fun, but can also open a can of worms. The good news is not all beverages are “adult” and you can still have unique, fun drinks without the alcohol (if you choose). >>>Get creative drink ideas here
  5. Choose what kind of food you’ll be serving. Will you serve a full, sit-down dinner? Or will you feed your guests buffet-style? Or will you skip the meal and instead serve hors d’oeuvres? There’s no right or wrong answer, and any good caterer can accommodate your wishes. >>>Find out how to choose a good caterer
  6. Select a menu that will take dietary restrictions into consideration. This is especially true if you’re hosting a large event. The more people invited, the more likely it is several of your guests will have special dietary needs. Planning your next corporate event in a way that plans for this will honor your guests and help them have a good time. >>>Learn how to plan a diet-friendly menu
  7. Hire reliable help for your event. It’s likely that you’ll need a team of people to pull off your event. From a caterer to a DJ to a photographer to a venue, you want to work with people you can count on. Don’t underestimate the importance of who you put on your team! >>>See our list of recommended event partners in the Portland area

If you need help planning your next corporate event, we can certainly help take the task of figuring out food and catering off your plate (pun intended)! We would love to be part of catering your gathering, whether large or small. Contact us for more information, and in the meantime look through our menus for an idea of what we can offer.