• Winter Is in the Air

     
    POSTED July 14, 2015
     

All planners know the importance of looking ahead—the earlier the details fall into place, the less stress one has to deal with as the event nears.

A smattering of event venues have started holding receptions decorated for holiday parties to give planners an idea of what a holiday event would look like there and to have soirees booked far in advance. We know Christmas in July sounds crazy, but it really is a planner’s dream. With all the heat and sunshine, winter feels light-years away.

One such venue is River Roast in Chicago. The M+E team took a walkthrough (and ate delicious apps—thanks River Roast!) to get a feel of how planners could use the space during the colder months. It was 86 degrees and holidays were nowhere in our minds, but it was fun to see what the team there imagined a holiday event would look like.

Now is the perfect time to start planning such events. Venues might have more availability and taking walkthroughs will help immensely in designing any holiday events you might have in the pipeline. Talk to local venues and places you’re interested in to see if they would be able to show you what a Christmas or holiday party would look like. 

2020 was on track to be a record year. For some catering companies across the state, continuous growth year-over-year had set them up for success, and they thought it would be their best 365 days yet.

And a record year it was—but not for good reasons. Layoffs and furloughs, major losses in sales, and too many cancellations and postponed events to count made 2020 a year that catering companies will never forget.

 

The new reality for in-person meetings and events is coming into focus. While gatherings were cancelled or went virtual during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, states are now slowly beginning to reopen and move toward a return to in-person gatherings. Associated Luxury Hotels International, or ALHI, published safety recommendations for planners, hotels, airlines and more, as society begins to formulate safety guidelines for travel, tourism, meetings and events.  

 

With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, most people are working from home. Many are social distancing or quarantining with their children, who have transitioned to online classes. Restaurants, bars, coffee shops, offices, stores and so much more have been temporarily shut down in many states, affecting daily life in the most unexpected of ways.