We’re in the heart of the holiday season, and while so much of our focus as event professionals is on our clients’ celebrations right now, it’s also a time of year where we can have a little fun by throwing a holiday party of our own. Whether you choose to do it in the middle of the season or postpone festivities to January when we all have a moment to breathe, celebrating the success of the past year with our friends and colleagues is a must. Hosting a holiday party is more than just a chance to unwind, however. It’s an opportunity to create the kind of experience that is the hallmark of your company. With that in mind, here are a few reasons you’ll want to hire a professional photographer to document an event that is every bit as important as the ones you execute during the year.
Do Something Different
As event professionals, we get to see (and create) some of the most beautiful events in our cities. You go to great lengths to assemble the perfect vendor team, source the most elaborate decor, and keep the flow of the day running smoothly so at the end of the day, your client has the kind of wedding or celebration they’ve envisioned. When you host your own holiday party, however, you have a little more creative freedom. Even if you’re inviting those clients you adore to celebrate with you, ultimately you get to make the final decision on theme, style, and decor. So use this as an opportunity to showcase your design and hosting skills! Experiment with a different color palette. Create a specialty cocktail. Work in a new space that you’ve had your eye on for awhile. Hire your dream team of event pros. And then choose a professional photographer to capture everything so you can add it to your portfolio of chic private events.
Build a Buzz Around Your Company Culture
Everyone likes an excuse to get glammed up, socialize and enjoy some bubbly! When you’re the one hosting, you’re creating an experience for your guests to enjoy that will not be forgotten. On top of that, your guests will love to see photos of themselves, the food, and the decor. Having a beautiful gallery of images from the night will keep people talking about the event well after it’s over.
Market Future Events of This Style
Even though portrait mode on the iPhone is pretty great, only a professional can handle a variety of lighting conditions, fully document the event to tell a story, and make everyone look their best. Plus it takes the pressure off the guests (and you) to create and source images for social media. Having professional photos will provide quality, reusable content for social media and your blog that you can use to market holiday events and private parties.
Experience the Client Side (Even If Only A Little)
Because you are so invested in hosting your own event, you get to experience the client side a bit and it makes you stronger as an event professional. You also get to be IN some of the photos, which can be really important if you are the face of your brand. Professional photos will show you know how to have fun yourself but also maintain your elevated reputation as an event pro. And it serves as a great way to relate with your clients’ sense of investment in their wedding or event.
You Deserve to Relax and Celebrate
Most of us in the event industry do what we do because it is meaningful and we get great fulfillment in serving others. It’s exhilarating to bring our clients’ vision to life, and we work really hard to do so. By the end of the year, however, we risk burnout if we haven’t taken the time for self care and celebrating our own milestones. We often cut corners on our personal events instead of investing the same amount of care as we do for our clients. While it’s understandable that a certain level of excellence is required when we produce for others, it’s important to take the opportunity to invest back into ourselves and our businesses. So even if you’re not throwing the biggest soirée of the year, do what we tell our clients to do - choose what matters and prioritize those things. And then hire a photographer to capture the spirit and energy of that holiday celebration. I promise those photos will keep you inspired going into the new year!
By: Jennifer Kathryn Photographer
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A nice old-fashioned cocktail party has always been considered to be a highly-swank gathering, where stylish adults are deemed to awash and sparkling conversations and fancy beverages. Cocktails parties have certainly made a comeback in Hoboken, as from charity parties and trendy wedding receptions; this form of an event has become one of the most fun and inexpensive ways to gather a group of people together. However, when it comes to planning a good and successful cocktail party, most people tend to make mistakes as they are unfamiliar with how to organize such a bedazzling event. There are five basic things, which you would need to consider:
1. Choose a Theme:
First and foremost, you need to pick a theme for your cocktail party, which all attendees are to follow. There are a number of different themes which have been used in a cocktail party, such as the Hollywood theme, the BBQ theme or the Classic Black and White Theme. Make sure to pick the theme according to the nature of the party.
2. Send the Invitations:
Secondly, you have to get invitations for all the attendees of the event. Now this certainly is a hard task, as you need to come up with an idea which can convince the attendees to join you. Make sure you personalize the invitations accordingly, and send it to each attendee on time!
3. Select a Venue:
Next, you need to pick a venue which is convenient for everyone you are inviting to the event. Make sure to pick a venue which has enough space to fit all your guests, and keep in mind that it has to be a venue which can hold the decorations you have planned.
4. Pick the Décor:
The décor is one of the most important elements of a cocktail party. You need to make sure that you decorate the space according to the nature of the cocktail party and the the theme.
5. The Menu:
Last but not the least; you need to make sure you pick a menu which can blow the attendee’s mind off. Find an exotic combination of a few traditional and few modern mouthwatering recipes. Moreover, do not forget to add a few signature drinks, as they are one of the key elements of a cocktail party.
"Private events" have become the newest buzzword in Hoboken, and in order to organize a successful cocktail party, you need to make sure you consider all the points mentioned above. If you have any problems in picking the right venue for your cocktail party, Barsky Gallery can certainly help!
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