The holidays are a time for celebrating with family and friends, and a time to show your appreciation to the people in your life that are important to you. Every year, I get hired to plan the Christmas party for a local CPA firm. The problem is, we have thrown so many memorable parties, every year we have to top the last year! Of course, this year was no exception! To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, here’s a quick glimpse at the last few parties….
We have done The Magic Castle, Club 33, Jillian’s HiLife Bowling, and many other great venues. Last year, the client wanted to host it at their home, but wanted to keep it fun and entertaining, so we decided to go with a sushi party! We hired The Sushi Girl, which is a woman who comes to your home and teaches you how to make sushi. We then decorated the house for an Asian Christmas complete with paper lanterns and Kimonos for all the guests. It was a huge hit!
No one knew how we were going to top last year, but we were up for the challenge. Again, the client wanted to host in their home, so it was up to me to provide entertainment. We decided to go for a casino night complete with a craps table, roulette table, blackjack table and fabulous prizes! The tables were rented from Lady Luck Casino Entertainment and were beautifully crafted and authentic. They also provided us with wonderful dealers that ran the games and helped teach the people that didn’t know how to play.
The gaming was so much fun and to make it even better, we had 3 fabulous prizes! An Apple gift card, nestled in a basket of apples, a little blue box from Tiffany, and a Kindle Fire stacked on a pile of books!
Lastly, no party is complete without food and drinks! The party was catered by Boyz in the Kitchen, who created an incredible menu of interesting appetizers presented in fun ways, including mini martini glass chicken satay, tomato soup shooters and chow mein in mini takeout boxes. The staff was friendly and 100% on the ball, and the food was delicious!
For dessert, we decided on a cookie bar. The client made three different kinds of cookies, her daughter-in-law made one, and I made three kinds as well, for a table piled so full of cookies it would give you a cookie coma!
Everyone had an amazing time and said we should do this every year! I am so grateful to this wonderful couple for allowing me to be a part of their celebration each year and am already thinking about what to do next year!!! If anyone has any suggestions on what to do to top this party, send them my way!