Has the economy made your employee appreciation budget a bit tighter? Tempe Mission Palms has some savvy ideas to help the event planner save money, and still plan great employee functions.
Re-think your “Holiday” party
One of the hottest new trends is to reschedule your holiday party, normally held in December, to an off-season month such as May or August. Hold a “Christmas in July” party, or change the theme all-together, such as “Life’s a Beach” summer employee appreciation party. Changing the date of your party to the off-peak dates can save your company as much as 10-15%, which can be the equivalent of thousands of dollars. In addition, meeting planners and employees alike can find that these off-peak parties are much easier to fit into their schedules, eliminating some of the holiday event chaos.
Switch from the party to the luncheon
It is quite cost effective to make a change from the employee appreciation “party” to the employee appreciation “luncheon.” First of all, luncheons tend to be geared to employees only, not employees with spouses and/or families, such as employee picnics or holiday parties. As a result, paying for just one lunch per employee truly brings the overall cost down. In addition, luncheons can be scheduled during the week, taking only a couple of hours away from the work day. Employees don’t feel inconvenienced, while employers get the benefit working on a much smaller budget.
Plan your holiday party ahead
Even though it is an annual event, many planners do not begin the process of planning their employee holiday party until after September. Starting the event planning in the summer months is really a wise choice, as more date options are available and sometimes an early booking discount is given. For example, Tempe Mission Palms is offering a 10% discount on all food and beverage for any group that finalizes their booking before September 1, 2012*. So not only does the planner get first pick at the dates, but they also could save quite a bit of money just by starting the process early – a win/win!
Tempe Mission Palms is the top choice for planning your employee parties in Tempe, Scottsdale, and Phoenix. From exceptional service from our catering team to the flexible venue and extensive dining options, you can be assured that your event will be exactly as you envisioned.
*Some restrictions apply, call our catering services team for details at (480) 317-1577.