As the executive assistant to the chief executive officer, the business of planning the company’s holiday party fell to me each year. I had done two of these now in this role, and while I loved planning them, I really wanted to do something different this year. It was always catered, which was a necessity, but I wanted to try a different type of food or venue or corporate event entertainment even. I was planning on doing a winter wonderland theme with lots of silver and white decorations, and I hired a different caterer this year. But it was still missing something.
About a month before the party I sent out the invitations to employees and their families, but I was still frantically searching for something, anything to serve as entertainment, even a corporate DJ. But I was running out of time and options, and it is such a busy time of year for bands and DJs in general, with all of the holiday parties happening everywhere. The food was going to be great and I knew it would look beautiful, but if I did not find corporate event entertainment to hire for the party, I was afraid it would be a dud. The previous year we had used an aspiring wedding DJ, but this year I really wanted a live band. I thought that would be such a nice touch, especially with the holiday music we would have played.
It took a lot of phone calls and a lot of favors called in, but I was finally able to pin down the entertainment. A popular local wedding band, they had actually received a cancellation for the same night as our party. The bride and groom were not going through with the wedding as scheduled and would no longer need the band’s services. Coincidentally, I got them on the phone right after the cancellation, and was able to book them immediately. I thanked my lucky stars and then got back to planning the party!
I have always enjoyed planning parties in general, and I love being the hostess. But with such a high profile boss and position, I feel like planning our holiday party is one of the more important pieces that I pull together for the office. Even though I keep my boss running on time to meetings and on track on a daily basis, including helping him remember where to be and when, who to talk to about what topic, and so on, planning the party is one of the more fun ways I contribute to the company. I find that people remember the parties and speak fondly of them, and I like being associated with that each year. I will not stay in this job forever but I hope to continue being charged with the holiday party for as long as I do stay in the position. It is one of the things I love the most about my job and I will miss it terribly whenever the time comes for me to move on.