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Top 5 Reasons to Host your Holiday Party in January

Holiday Party, Seattle Events, New Year PartyAnne Hulett
Seattle private holiday party

The holiday season is in full swing and we don’t want you to miss your opportunity to shine merry and bright as the hostess with the mostess.  Is planning a holiday party still on your “to do” list or do you feel like you should host a holiday party this year?  Instead of scrambling at the last-minute during the busy holiday season and competing for peak December dates, event hosts and planners should consider kicking off the new year with a stand out bash.

Hosting a “holiday” party in January may sound bizarre, but it is becoming a popular and smart trend.  Here are the top 5 reasons why it is best to hold off on your hosting duties until after Christmas and New Years have passed.

1.     Venue and Vendor Availability

Don’t be one of the many party planners worried about booking the perfect venue for the perfect date this year.  Booking your favorite venue and vendors during the high demand holiday season can be challenging for your date of choice before the New Year.  Popular venues get booked up fast and are often reserved as much as a year in advance. Even if you are able to book a spot on an off night, finding a date that works for all of your guests, vendors, and the venue is near impossible.  If you wait to host your party to kick-off January right, you’ll find the venue, vendor and date options endless.

2.     Increased Attendance

December schedules are already jam-packed with parties and family and friend obligations.  People start feeling the holiday party burnout around the third week in December.  Instead of squeezing in another traditional year-end bash, look ahead and plan an event to celebrate the New Year. When January hits, people are more rested, the holiday frenzy has settled down and people are more motivated to gather together welcoming events on their lighter social schedules.  You also have a better chance of getting more prominent guests at your party and less pop in and out attendees which is a different story in December.  Besides people actually being able to come to the event, it’s for everybody and more inclusive for those that don’t celebrate Christmas.

3.     Spend Less with a Bigger Budget

In addition to guest availability, companies and event planners have bigger budgets to work with in the New Year.  Venues and vendors are also less expensive in January so you can save money or spend more on making the party bigger and better.

4.     More Decorative Options

Hosting your party after the holidays opens up a lot of paths you can take for the event theme and style.  You aren’t restricted by the holidays and you can be the first host to incorporate 2018 event color and décor trends.

5.     Incorporate 2018 Event Trends

Here’s your opportunity to take your attendee experience to the next level and show your guests that you are up to date on the newest and most impressive event trends.  Incorporate trends that are popular New Year’s resolutions such as health, mindfulness, giving, gratitude and sustainability and you are guaranteed to receive bonus points and happy guests.

Top Event Trends in 2018:

·      Non-traditional locations and unique venues

·      Personalized and intimate experiences

·      Advanced event technology

·      Extravagant décor- balloons, mixing metals and millennial pink

·      Thoughtful sustainability

·      Nostalgia- connect emotionally

·      Custom and local elements

·      Incorporate mindfulness and leisure activities

Set a positive tone for the coming year and treat your event as a celebration of the holiday season closing.  Your guests will be more engaged and interested in relaxing and enjoying the party.

2018 Seattle Event Trends

We have two fabulous exclusive events planned for you in the Seattle area with January dates available:

  1. Lodges on Vashon Corporate Retreat
  2. World Trade Center Seattle Private Reception

‘Tis the Season to Celebrate! Secrets to Hosting a Last Minute Holiday Party

Holiday Party, Seattle EventsAnne HulettComment
Seattle Holiday Party

The holiday season is coming up quickly, and there’s a lot of pressure to host a great party. We get how easy it is to forget about it, or get too busy. You don’t have to stress though-- there’s still time to plan a holiday party that people will be talking about for years with some helpful tips from the pros here at SHW.

You can still get the perfect date, even at the last minute

You’d be surprised that several venues still have availability in December so don’t hesitate to ask hot spots in your area.  You can also explore doing a holiday luncheon instead of an evening event and inquire about other time slots on prime dates to host.  If December dates are full at your favorite venue, look into January dates.  Hosting a holiday party in January to kick off the New Year is becoming more popular since it doesn’t compete with guests’ holiday schedules and the holiday party rush.

Outsource, let the experts do all of the work

Use an event planning company.  They do this all day, everyday, and have the inside scoop on the best places to throw a party and the connections to lock in prime dates.  Take advantage of their deep industry relationships and experience to make holiday party procrastinators into heroes.

Purchase pre-planned holiday gatherings designed for people just like you! has already locked dates for you to choose from featuring exclusive Seattle venues that include all of your event essentials and standout holiday touches.

Choose nontraditional venues

Think outside the box and rent a loft, studio or warehouse space and focus on creating a festive and cozy atmosphere with décor, lighting, and music. 

Add unique holiday touches

You can add special touches to make your holiday party stand out and get your guests in the holiday spirit.  A few of our favorites are:

  • "Baby It's Cold Outside" Espresso and Hot Chocolate Bar 
  • Smore’s Bar 
  • Santa Claus Impersonator 
  • Christmas Carolers 
  • Snow Machine 
  • Ice Sculpture 
  • Novelty Gifts
  • Signature Holiday Cocktails

Are you planning a holiday party for your group in Seattle?  BienVenue just released this year’s lineup of professionally curated, no-stress holiday event packages with you in mind.  If planning a holiday party is still on your “to-do” list, BienVenue has you covered and handles everything for your special event (personal or corporate) from purchase to completion.    Their event experts are standing by to discuss the details of these amazing and seamless pre-planned holiday gatherings with you.

BienVenue Holiday Event Packages Available for Purchase:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but we know it moves fast and understand the stress that can come with planning last minute holiday parties.  This year will be the holiday entertaining season that you actually enjoy just as much as your guests!

7 Best Rooftop Venues for Summer Entertaining in Seattle

Rooftop Venues, Seattle EventsAnne HulettComment
The Nest

The Nest

With summer in full swing, rooftop season has arrived for outdoor entertaining!  We are raising a glass to the top Seattle spots for hosting exclusive events in the sky. Rooftop venues offer first-class views that make for an extraordinary backdrop to any event. Here are the best rooftop hot spots you must consider when planning events this summer in Seattle.

1.    Thompson Hotel | The NestDowntown Seattle, Near Pike Place Market

The Nest, located at the top of Thompson Hotel in the heart of downtown Seattle, is an impressive rooftop stunner. This brilliant, 4,500 square foot space delivers an eyeful of the bay, Seattle’s iconic ferris wheel and the Olympic Mountains. You and your guests will enjoy the elegant outdoor setting, modern touches and beautiful view. It is the perfect spot for summer entertaining and can accommodate small groups or large buyouts for up to 250 guests.

The Nest View
The Nest

The Nest

The Nest

2.    Fremont Foundry | The Penthouse & Rooftop TerraceFremont Neighborhood of Seattle

Fremont Foundry is a unique venue that has preserved the origins of a working foundry and has become a Seattle cultural landmark. The sky-lit penthouse encompassed by glass doors and spacious rooftop terrace with sweeping views of North Seattle create an amazing spot for that swanky summer cocktail party you’ve been wanting to throw. The space can hold up to 300 guests standing and 200 guests seated.

Fremont Foundry |   Photo: Raeleen Shepard,  Fancy Fin Photography

Fremont Foundry | Photo: Raeleen Shepard, Fancy Fin Photography

3.    Hotel Sorrento | The PenthouseDowntown Seattle

Located on the seventh-floor of historic Hotel Sorrento, the Penthouse is a top- floor retreat with classy furniture, a rooftop deck and a dramatic view of the city. This venue is ideal for blue-sky champagne toasts, lovely sunset photos and dancing under the stars. The Sorrento’s superb food and beverage team will also customize a food and drink menu specifically to your taste.

Hotel Sorrento | The Penthouse

Hotel Sorrento | The Penthouse

4.    MbarSouth Lake Union Neighborhood of Seattle

The Mbar features an epic rooftop patio overlooking downtown Seattle, MoPop and Seattle Center, the Olympic Mountain Range, Queen Anne Hill, South Lake Union, and North Capitol Hill. This artful rooftop space is an amazing venue to host guests for a relaxing evening of modern Middle Eastern–meets-Mediterranean cuisine, specialty drinks & sweeping views. Treat your guests to an unforgettable night with a view of the sunset early in the evening followed by twinkling stars and city lights.




5.    WithinSodo | The Rooftop DeckSodo District of Seattle

WithinSodo is located in a blossoming industrial area less than a mile away from Century Link and Safeco fields and caters to almost any type of event you can imagine. The 3000 square foot rooftop deck includes a gas fireplace, outdoor heaters, cafe lights, a satellite bar with television, multiple seating areas, and gorgeous views of Seattle's skyline.

WithinSodo | The Rooftop Deck

WithinSodo | The Rooftop Deck

WithinSodo Deck

6.    Motif Seattle | Frolik Kitchen + CocktailsCentral Business District of Downtown Seattle

Located on the 5th floor of Motif Seattle, Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails is a vibrant and unique social experience. The rooftop bar boasts a spacious outdoor patio, fireplaces, shuffleboard, and modern lounges for you and your guests to enjoy. You can’t go wrong with this stylish, energized hangout featuring exquisite cocktails, Regional American menu with a Northwest Pacific flair and skyline views.

Frolik Patio
Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails

Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails

Frolik Patio

7.    Smith Tower | The Lookout Lounge & DeckPioneer Square Neighborhood of Seattle

Gather at Seattle’s original skyscraper for your next event. The experience begins the minute you and your guests enter the building and enjoy being whisked up to the twenty-second floor Lookout Lounge & Deck. This magnificent, contemporary space, accommodating up to 80 guests, offers a sleek interior lounge that transitions to a modern roof deck overlooking Seattle. The breathtaking views, gorgeous interior and divine service make for an impressive and unforgettable event.

Smith Tower View
Smith Tower | The Lookout Lounge & Deck

Smith Tower | The Lookout Lounge & Deck

Smith Tower Lookout

Want to host a spectacular event at one of these rooftop venues, but don’t want to do any of the work or don’t have the time? BienVenue is happy to plan it for you providing full event planning services by one of our expert event curators, exclusive access, trending event elements and preferred pricing.