This holiday season many companies are downsizing their corporate parties. Some are making them employees only (no spouse/significant other), opting for appetizer platters instead of full meals, holding them in their own office buildings, disguising them as a “holiday lunch” during work hours, or in some cases, they will do away with the party all together.
Many of my catering friends, like Gunther’s in Campbell or Bird of Paradise in Carmel, tell me that the biggest trend they see are companies that save by ordering trays and platters that can be delivered and dropped off to any location. From a catering standpoint, this can significantly reduce the cost of your food.
If you are holding your party in-house, you have probably opted to forgo the DJ/entertainment this year. However, when it comes to the holiday music, not everyone wants to hear Dean Martin sing “White Christmas” all night long, year after year.
While I love the classics, they do become stale when you perform twenty or more holiday parties. Here are some of my suggestions to freshen up (or rekindle) your holiday library for around $20 at Amazon.com or iTunes (remember to be caution of overloading on “Christmas” themed song):
- My Favorite Things by Rod Stewart
- White Christmas by Michael Buble
- City of Silver Dreams by Sugarland
- Wish You Well by A Fine Frenzy<
- Summertime Anthem by Jonas Brothers
- Feliz Navidad by El Vez
- Nuttin’ For Christmas by Sugarland
- Silent Night by Taylor Swift
- Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Lady Antebellum
- Someday at Christmas by Jack Johnson
- Same Old Lang Syn by Dan Fogelberg
- Winter Wonderland by Toby Keith
- Mele Kalikimaka by Chris Isaak
- Little Drummer Boy by Sean Kingston
- A Holly Jolly Christmas by Matt Brouwer
- Up On The Housetop by Jackson 5
- The Nutcracker Suite by Brian Setzer Orchestra
- Christmas Song (Live) by Dave Matthews Band
- Winter Song by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
- It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Harry Connick Jr.
Feel free to add these tracks into your current collection (just put them in iTunes with the others you already might have), put it on shuffle, and let it go.
Of course, if you are still looking for entertainment at your personal or company holiday party, feel free to give Spencer Weddings and Entertainment a call at (408) 426-8117 and check for date availability. There are still some dates left for December, and of course you wouldn’t be the first company to save some money throwing a party after the new year.
Until next time, Mele Kalikimaka and Feliz Navidad.
Owner & Entertainment Director
Spencer Weddings and Entertainment