The ultimate guide to a perfect Christmas Corporate Party

So, you’ve been tasked with planning the Christmas Corporate Party or any other holiday party for your company. Whether this is an exciting part of the nearing year-end or a task you’re dreading, here are a few things to ease the process.

What’s the Christmas corporate party all about?

Is it a swanky opportunity for the employees to let loose, celebrate a little and shake off the stress of the year? Are families welcome, and thus, do you need to plan some activities for children? Will it be a fancy sit-down meal with wine and decorative centrepieces and a pianist?

Once you’ve established your theme and style…

Start thinking about the location

There are many beautiful venues around town that are conducive to a wide variety of event styles.

A striking space for a Christmas corporate party is Spruce Meadows. With multiple rooms, cheery décor and beautifully lit grounds, it’s a great choice for a children’s party, a dinner and dance, or a mock-casino night.

Another remarkable spot is The Hangar Flight Museum. With staged relics from centuries past, the conversation starters are never lacking. It’s a great location for a sit-down dinner and a band for entertainment.

And of course there is our very beloved sister business – The Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant, which combines the most exquisite service and holiday atmosphere with the beauty of Calgary’s favourite Fish Creek Provincial Park. At the moment there is an ongoing Holiday Promotion which can save you up to $ 4000 with the early booking.

Now we’ll need to talk food…

Traditionally, most parties fall under the category of plated dinner, buffet dinner or cocktail reception. Creative execution of any of these styles will add value and excitement to the evening.

Start with a cocktail hour that will take the pressure off your guests and set a relaxed tone for the evening. You can kick off your reception with delectable one-bite hors d’oeuvres paired with a perfect prosecco or signature drink, and it will immediately brighten the calibre of the event.

Adding chef-attended action stations with unique, interactive themes will create ice-breakers. Why not bring in game meat and explore the teaching opportunity of a 50km menu? Try a salad bar or crostini spread to kick off the night.

For a fancier, seated event, opt for a plated meal with a special course. Explore palate cleansers and pasta dishes, which add a little something exceptional between the salad and entrée. Offer an interactive appetizer, like a family-style seafood pyramid or a tableside-tossed Caesar salad.

A unique way to transform the evening is a dessert buffet. Try a chef-attended nitrogen station, with frozen sorbets and fruit ice or let your guests dress their own mini doughnuts or sundaes.

Buffet style is perfect for the budget-conscious event. Offer choices for starters and a bountiful dessert spread, perhaps adding a carving station for an upscale touch. Bring in fine décor items to display the food, like ladders and pillars, antique bookshelves and wrought iron trees, or hire actors dressed in inspired attire.

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If you need a little help, Great Events Catering is here to back you up. Our experienced sales team works closely with our exceptional chefs to create an outstanding menu and assist in bringing your Christmas Corporate Party to life. With over 30 years of catering in Calgary and the surrounding area, we encourage you to browse our menus online. Then call us and we’ll help you plan the holiday party everyone will talk about all year!

And to sweeten things even more, there is an ongoing Holiday Promotion – free drinks when ordering full meal caterings of 40 guests and more for your Christmas Corporate Party! Don’t miss on this opportunity and book your perfect Holiday Party now!

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Founded right here in 1982, we're Calgary's favourite catering company - and the exclusive caterer for all of Spruce Meadows.

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