I remember our last party at the corporate office. They had food in the break room, and we had some music in the large training center. It was boring. I should have wrote “boring” very drawn out with a lot of the letter “o.” I cannot tell you how boring it was. The people tasked with setting it up did not want to have it, and none of the staff wanted to come in the first place. Then I got tasked with planning the next one. The first thing I did was look at corporate entertainment hire. I needed a reason for people to want to come out to the party, and I needed to make it memorable.
Hiring professional entertainment for our corporate party helped compete with the Friday evening dramas on the telly and the action movies at the cinema. The next step was hiring a special caterer known for providing exceptionally great food. This would attract all the foodies who would otherwise have been going to a restaurant on a Friday night. You have to cater to the senses to make a party grand. The entertainment and the food were two big things that would cover a lot of the senses.
Management told me they could push for attendance at the party in a way that almost made it sound mandatory. I told them there would be no need for that. I told them it would be a packed house and that we were not having it at the offices. People don’t want to go to a party at work. They want to show up at a nice place and be catered to for an evening. We rented a nice banquet facility. The only problem with doing such a great job at this is that I will get picked to arrange every corporate party from now on.