Plan Early for the Holidays
With Fall in full swing, it is time to begin planning for the holidays! While it may be too early for decorations and festivities, getting a jump start on the initial planning is imperative to a successful holiday season. Whether planning for personal or corporate gifts, parties, or incentives, now is the time to put together your lists, budgets, and calendars!
The holiday season is the most popular time for sending out both personal and corporate gifts. This can seem a bit overwhelming when one considers the time it takes to shop for the perfect gift just to stand in a long line waiting to ship it to the deserving recipient. But it can be quite a simple task. Utilizing your local caterer can make this one of the easiest tasks this holiday season. Many caterers offer a wide variety of holiday goodies and gift baskets throughout the season and are more than happy to ship a box of cookies anywhere the US. Some even offer free local delivery, — such as Ingallina’s Box Lunch located in Seattle, Portland, Phoenix and Los Angeles.Simply create a spreadsheet of those you would like to send gifts to, pick the date you would like them to receive it, and let the caterer do the rest! Getting your list in early gives you time to add any forgotten recipients and allows you to focus more attention on all the other holiday planning.
Holiday parties are another holiday tradition that takes time to plan — often a lot more time than one allows for. Sending out invitations early makes it less likely that your guests will already have plans. Choosing a menu is another task that is best done in advance. Last minute meal planners often forget to include food for those with specialty dietary needs such as gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan. Leaving time to really think through what to offer your guests helps make sure that everyone has food to enjoy and does not feel left out.
Getting a jump start on holiday planning also allows one to think outside the box when it comes to celebrating the warmth and kindness of the season. There are many ways to celebrate the holidays besides “Thank you” gifts and cheerful parties. Sharing cookies or other holiday desserts with your neighbors, co-workers and clients is a nice way to celebrate with those around you. Providing Party Platters for those attending corporate meetings or gourmet Box Lunches to hard working employees brightens the mood and has even been known to improve morale and production in the workplace!
The Holiday season is fast approaching. It is easy to let time get away and end up in a stressful last-minute rush to pull everything together. Preparing in advance creates a joyful holiday season and creates more time to spend with friends and family.