In the Northeast we have 4 distinct seasons, each with their own characteristics - sports, recreation, chores, food - just about everything can be associated with a season. Parties and events also have their own seasons. If you are aware of the season - what else is happening - when you want to have your event, you can plan for that and ensure the success of your party.
We realize there are certain types of parties you can not change. You can't change your child's birthday, and it would be ridiculous to hold the company Christmas party in October, but with a little creative planning, your party will be a success!
The beginning of May is the big time for Communion parties.
The First weekend of December is the weekend most people want to have their Christmas events. The weekend right before Christmas is quieter.
The weekend before Halloween is busier with Halloween parties and events.
Call and talk to your service provider. They will know your party season best. If you do find yourself in a position where your party didn't come together the way you wanted, ask your self the following questions.
*Does the party have to fall on that particular day?
We did a joint communion party - two cousins made communion the same year, but in different parishes on different days. The sisters decided to hold one party on a completely different day and split the bill.
We do several corporate family Christmas parties a few days before Christmas. So many companies hold them on Christmas Eve morning that it can be difficult to find the services you want.
This past year Hanukkah overlapped with Christmas Day. All our Hanukkah events happened on the 26th and 27th of December. The organizers of those events realized that, while it would have been nice to have the events at the beginning of Hanukkah, it wasn't worth fighting all the other events that happen just before Christmas. They waited and enjoyed their events the way they wanted to.
*Can the time be adjusted?
Prime time for any event - company picnic, birthday party, town festival - is Saturday afternoon at 2 PM. Consider having your party earlier or later in the day, or even switching days. Could a Sunday brunch work? What about Friday evening?
*Could I move my party mid-week?
This may not work for a birthday party, but it definitely works for company picnics. Corporations have found that planning the party on a mid-week afternoon works better for everyone than a party on the weekend.
Putting thought into when you plan your party is important when planning your event.
Mark Clark the owner of Aardvark Entertainment. Has been performing for over 40 years.
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