There’s a chill in the air, meaning the holiday season is upon us.
Whether you’re hosting a Halloween bash, a Thanksgiving dinner or a Christmas party, it’s never too early to start planning. Besides, it gives your members something to look forward to.
But what do you need to think about in order to make your party a success? Below you’ll find some party planning tips to make sure your bash – whether spooky or full of jingle bells – is a hit.
As the Affiliate, you probably don’t have time or the desire to plan a holiday bash. But, one of your members or Coaches does! Find someone on your team or in your membership who has all the party planning skills one requires. Post on social media or ask around. Someone within your four walls will most likely be happy to help.
Maybe you’re lacking in party planning members, so you need to throw the party yourself. Or, perhaps that is just fun for you. Well, then it’s time to get organized. You need a master to-do list that keeps track of supplies, your guest list, activities, what must be accomplished by what date, etc.
Whether you’re planning the party or someone else is, everyone involved needs to know the why behind the party. Is it simply to have fun? Is it to build community? Why are you spending time and effort blowing up balloons or cooking a turkey? Once you and your team understand why, just like with business, the party planning can take on a whole new meeting. Plus, it can help in the decision-making process – ask, “Does this thing we want to add to the party help achieve the why/goal?” If not, cross it off the list.
Who doesn’t like a small party favor? Whether it’s an ornament, car decal or something spooky, give your party-goers something in order to say thanks for coming. Yes, this increases the cost of the party, but it can leave members feeling loved and cared for. Plus, if done right, the party favor is another chance for marketing your Box around town.
This holiday season, whether you’re doing a Monster Mash party, decorating gingerbread houses or participating in a Turkey Trot, take time to plan, organize and invite your members. And don’t forget to determine the why/goal behind it all.