Planning the Perfect Corporate Party

150049_129189313802729_121080851280242_146615_1208143_nThere’s a reason most companies throw the occasional party—whether it’s a holiday get-together or simply a celebration of a major achievement. Parties are unifying. They are morale-boosting. They can bring a team together, lift everyone’s spirits, and ultimately foster better relationships and more productivity in the office.

Of course, all this hinges on the party actually being good. A downer of a party may have an effect that’s the opposite of your intentions, which makes corporate party planning of the essence.

Maybe your company has the resources to hire a party planner; whether you do or you don’t, you’re still going to need someone from the company to be involved in the strategic process and to make some decisions and some recommendations.

Maybe that person is you. If so, what are some things you can do to make your corporate party as perfect as possible? Here are some tips:

  1. Leave office stuff in the office. If it is indeed a party you’re throwing, then all work and professional business needs to be left at the door; the party is no place for a miniature meeting, unless it’s something like the CEO giving everyone a quick pat-on-the-back for a good year.
  2. The environment is important. You need to get people out of the office to a place that’s neutral, relaxed, and fun.
  3. Feeding people is a must. Frankly, the food is what people are likely to remember the most, so make sure you spring for a good caterer. Also ensure that you pick food that suits the group; is your workforce a sit-down-dinner bunch, a finger foods bunch, a BBQ bunch, etc.?
  4. Entertain them, too. There are plenty of options here—a band, a DJ, or even something interactive. Just pick something that your team will feel comfortable with.
  5. Transportation may be an issue. If you’re going to have people consuming alcohol then you may wish to think about taxis, local hotel vouchers, a DD system, or something else to minimize your liability.

We are proud to make both our Mansion and our catering team available for your next corporate event; to learn more, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

Interviewing Wedding Caterers: What to Ask?

Mosteller_Catering_and_Family_010Think back to the last wedding you attended, and try to remember the things that stood out to you the most—not necessarily things about the couple or even the ceremony, but the details, the planning. Do you remember much about the flower arrangements? How about the décor?

You may remember some of these details; almost without question, though, you can remember what you ate and how good it was (or wasn’t.) Simply put, food is one of the things that wedding guests remember and talk about the most. If you want to make your big day special and enjoyable for everyone in attendance, nailing down a great food service is essential.

Of course, that can seem easier said than done. You need to think about your budget, and you also want to arrange for catering that meets your tastes while also appealing to your guests.

It pays to do some research and speak with a couple of different caterers, and to interview each one as thoroughly as you need to in order to get peace of mind. This is your wedding and your money, so don’t hesitate to ask whatever you think is helpful—but in particular, we would recommend the following:

  1. Do you have my date open/are you doing any other weddings that day? If you want to ensure you have the caterer’s full attention and availability, just ask!
  2. How long have you been in business, and how many weddings do you do each year? Check to ensure the caterer is reputable and truly professional!
  3. Will you provide a manager or someone to coordinate the food service? You need more than just food delivered; you also need to make sure it’s served to your guests in an organized, effective way.
  4. What kinds of food do you specialize in or recommend, based on my budget? Some catering companies can do pretty much anything; some have narrower, set menus to choose from. Ask if you have the freedom to request the foods you really want.
  5. Do your services come as package deals or a la cart? This will be a key budgetary concern!
  6. Are vegan/kosher/organic/etc. options available? If you need certain dietary restrictions accommodated, make sure you address that up front!
  7. Do you use only fresh and organic foods? Ask where the food is sourced from to ensure it is high quality.
  8. Do you offer specialties, like chocolate fountains, cappuccinos, ice sculptures, etc.? Even if you don’t necessarily want these things, it never hurts to ask!
  9. What’s the charge for vendor meals? Will a meal be provided for your DJ? The florist?
  10. Can I see some photos of past cakes, and can I schedule a tasting? As the customer, you have every right to ask for samples of the caterer’s work—so do so!

Of course, the Mosteller Events catering team is more than happy to talk with you about your wedding plans, and to answer these questions and any others you may have. Contact us today to inquire about what we can do for your wedding reception!