Find something new for your Pinterest board! This week we're sharing the Top 10 Holiday Party Trends of 2017 you'll definitely want to pin.
Top 10 2017 Party Trends
10. Personalized Offerings
Here's where you can get creative. Stay on brand or just offer something fun. We've seen it all from faux tat artists, aura photography, messages and manicures to custom denim jackets and on-site t-shirt screen printing.
9. Take-Away Swag
Make the event last a bit longer, give 'em big kid party favors from ideas like local product freebies, tote bags or pouches with funny sayings or hand lettering, door prizes, mini succulents, Branded photos from the photo booth.
8. Local Fare
Support local businesses and please the foodies in your group with the best of your city's local eats & drinks. Pick fan favorites or newbies on the scene that your group has been dying to try.
6. Virtual Reality
Welcome to the future! Embrace the digital age and integrate VR into your party. Tech companies, this is your opportunity to show off your innovations! See how Samsung created their setting in a prop sleigh, meant to transport guests on a festive ride. Check it out.
5. Entertain Them!
Sure. Everyone will have a good time when the local eats and drinks are flowing. But what about adding some extra entertainment like hire a comedian and bring the comedy club to you, do a wine/beer tasting make 'em dance on a cool dance floor, host swing dancing lessons, hire a cigar roller or even a have visit from Santa!
4. Schedule Leisure Time
Don't forget to plan down time during your event. This is the opportunity for your group to get to know each other outside of the everyday. We like the idea of creating a well designed space for your guests to comfortably lounge and interact.
3. White Elephant
Always a classic. Pro tip put a budget cap on the gifts ($10 or $20) to keep it fair. You never know what you might find! ;)
2. Unique Holiday Party Themes
We're in Austin, so the weirder the better, but here are some any group can get excited about:
The most overdone but appreciated party them of them all: The Ugly Sweater Party
Pantone color of the year: Greenery
Decade themes (Disco nights, 80's dance mix, Great Gatsby)
- Holiday movie themes - playing movies on screen in the background (Our vote: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation)
Holiday costume contest (think onesies, holiday pajamas, mistletoe headbands and more)
1. Tech Integration!
So many different avenues to go with this trend. You've got snapchat filters, hashtags, live event stream, crowd mic karaoke, arcade games, etc. Because who has a party without statement balloons and photobooths or backdrops? Or utilize services like Waldo to let your guests find their party pics post-event. #memories
How Austin Parties for the Holidays
As we all are aware, Austin-based companies know how to party. From the Startup Crawl to everyone's annual holiday bash - there's always an excuse to celebrate with the team.
Take a local Austin tech company's 2016 celebration for example - glitz and glamour galore!
Or Squareroot's 70's Prom Theme:
The best part about the Trail of Lights is that we can accommodate any theme, entertainment option or activity. We have a wide variety of custom menu options (all local!), a picturesque venue in the heart of Austin's biggest (and best) holiday event and built in entertainment for all to enjoy. Whether you stick with all the Trail has to offer, or enhance with a visit from Santa, a dance floor, a band or more - we'll give you an experience you'll never forget!
Save your date. Tell us about your ideal holiday party, sit back and our team will make it happen!