Tips for Planning a Successful Office Holiday Party

It’s that time of the year again, the leaves are falling and the slight chill in the air sends you running for the closest coffee shop and fleece blanket. This time of the year also means planning for the holidays and whether you’ve been tasked with planning the office holiday party or you love planning social gatherings, everyone can use these simple tips and tricks to keep stress levels at a minimum and create a fun, festive and memorable office holiday party guests will remember for years.

  • Throw the party at a venue other than the office. Renting a ballroom or party space is not always expensive like one may think and it gets employees out of the office. The Marriott Chicago Southwest at Burr Ridge provides up to 10,000 square feet of event space and a tasteful ballroom – perfect for any size company gathering in an upscale yet completely affordable setting. The Oaks Hotel & Conference Center offers a recently renovated ballroom for large or smaller parties for just about any size event. The SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge provides a smaller meeting space for not-so-large, but intimate, parties as well.
  • Send real {paper} invitations, not a mass office email. What’s more exciting than receiving a hand-addressed, professionally printed event invitation? If you value your employees and their spouses, they deserve more than an evite to a company holiday party being thrown in appreciation of their hard work and dedication throughout the year.
  • Decide on a party atmosphere or theme. Casual, Formal, Great Gatsby? Deciding on an atmosphere will set the tone for the party as well as make each decision for the planner easier.
  • Give guests something to talk about {other than work}. Have guests wear an ugly holiday sweater or masks for a masquerade ball. Mix it up!
  • Play good music. These days, hiring a DJ isn’t necessary, creating a great playlist with a variety of tunes via Spotify or iTunes is easy.  Plug it into the speakers and the music is taken care of. Easy as pie!
  • Ask guests to use a hashtag created just for the party when posting photos to Facebook or Instagram. After the party, guests can scroll through hashtagged photos to remember fun parts of the night!
  • Think about incorporating a charity into your party itinerary. This is a classy, respected and increasingly appreciated move that can be as simple as asking guests to bring a gift to donate to a charity such as Toys for Tots.
  • After the party, follow up! Consider creating a newsletter to send to clients, in an email to employees or on social media for everyone to see. Use pictures from the party and the party’s success to your advantage by creating a final opportunity to deliver a positive message to employees and/or clients.

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Whether you’re planning a party for a small business or a national corporation, any of the four hotels in Burr Ridge are happy to accommodate you and your guests this holiday season. Visit to view virtual video tours of each of the four hotels. The Burr Ridge Hotels make party planning simple! We are happy to welcome and host any size party – whether your company has 5 employees or 500. The four hotels in the Village of Burr Ridge are nestled in a relaxing, boutique-style, wooded setting, just far enough away from the big city so you and your guests can take a deep breath and enjoy the holiday season.

Burr Ridge is located just minutes from downtown Chicago and the two airports on I-55 at County Line Road (½ mile south of I-294).