Planning an Easy, Custom Holiday Party

Planning an Easy, Custom Holiday Party

Author: Gillian Barnes/Wednesday, September 20, 2017/Categories: Functions, Dining

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Planning a large-scale holiday party can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some easy ways that you can go about customizing your event in a worry-free way.

Choose Your Menu

There are several considerations when it comes to your menu. Will you have a plated meal or would you rather have a buffet option? Either way, it’s important that you choose food options that will please the majority of guests. Here are some of the basic questions to ask yourself:

  • Would you like to start with hors d'oeuvres?
  • Will you have a plated meal or a buffet style event?
  • Will you be featuring meat or vegetarian dishes (or both)?
  • Will there be a dessert option?
  • Will dinner be paired with certain drinks or will you offer an a la carte wine or beer?

At Atkinson Resort & County Club, we can help you choose your food service style, the courses and assist with drink options. Our culinary professionals are here for you to help make your event perfect.

Map Out a Timeline

In order for any event to run smoothly, a comprehensive timeline is necessary. And, the easiest way to map out a timeline is with an experienced Event Coordinator. Event Coordinators are skilled in creating and customizing these sorts of timelines to a tee. Allowing them to guide you in scheduling is a sure-fire way to make your event a hit. From when the food will be served and when toasts will occur to what time to end wine and beer service, an Event Coordinator is a great resource.

Would you like to contact one of Atkinson Resort & Country Club’s professional Event Coordinators? Email:  

Focus on the Details

When it comes to a holiday party, forgetting what may seem like the smallest detail can become a major problem. Here is a list of questions to ask to keep yourself on track:

  • Will there be live entertainment and when will this occur?
  • Will there be music from a DJ or will you create a custom playlist?
  • What technology will you require (speakers, a laptop etc).
  • Will there be assigned seating and if so, will there be name cards?
  • What drinks will be served and will there be drink tickets?
  • If you are planning this event outside of an authorized event facility do you have alcohol permits and other important items like insurance?
  • Will you be giving out favors?
  • Where will guests check their coats?
  • What catering company will you be using and do they offer wine and beer service?
  • Does your wine and beer vendor bring ice with them or will you be responsible for it?
  • Will you be sending out paper invitations or an email invite?
  • Will there be a photographer documenting the event or will you be renting a photo booth?
  • What will the dress code be?
  • Will your event be kid-friendly or an adults-only affair?
  • What will the theme be and what decorations will you need to achieve it (florals, snowflakes etc)?
  • Who will be responsible for setting up the décor and cleaning up afterward?
  • Will you provide transportation for guests?
  • Will you provide overnight accommodations for guests coming from long distances?

Depending on your event, there will be different questions, but make sure to think about everything in advance from all perspectives. It’s very easy to forget a detail or two.


Planning is made much easier when you have expert help. Here at Atkinson Resort & Country Club, we aim to provide you with custom options for your holiday event in a setting run by seasoned event professionals. Contact us today at:


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