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It’s Never too Early to Celebrate Your Team! 

With the holiday season right around the corner, many companies are brainstorming ways to bring their teams together for an office holiday party after events had been sidelined due to COVID. With restrictions lifted regarding occupancy limits in venues and offices, companies are bringing their employees back to the workplace . . . and bringing back the corporate holiday party.

What better way to celebrate your team—and say good-bye to 2022—than with a festive office party? We can’t think of any!

Benefits of an office holiday party 

A corporate party not only provides opportunities to recognize your employees’ hard work and perseverance through the pandemic and beyond; it also gets everyone back together in a relaxed atmosphere, including your remote workers who don’t get to gather ‘round the water cooler or meet up in the break room at your office. After so much time apart—with some companies having to forego the annual holiday party last year—everyone is eager to socialize and catch up in person, and holiday parties are always a happy time of celebration and camaraderie.

It also provides opportunities to get better acquainted for team members who don’t typically collaborate with other departments. If you’ve brought on new hires this year who haven’t yet met everyone, the party is a great platform for that. The chance to cultivate and build new relationships among your employees creates a more positive work culture overall, as noted in this article.

Start planning your holiday party now 

Even though we’re nearing the end of the year, there’s still never been a better time than now to plan your holiday parties. Corporate caterers, venues, and event planners in New Jersey and New York City are ramping up now for the holiday season—and for good reason. With all the pent-up demand for parties and live corporate events, and postponed weddings being rescheduled, dates are being chosen and venues booked for those companies that are planning their event off site.

For those off-site events, if you have flexibility in terms of day of the week, you are likely to do better in terms of availability and pricing for the room on a Monday or Tuesday night rather than later in the week.

By the way, there’s no reason to wait ‘til December for your festivities. The fall season provides some fun opportunities like Halloween (complete with a costume contest) and Thanksgiving, with a corporate take on a Friendsgiving feast. After all, given the past few years that we’ve all been through, there is a lot to be thankful for when it comes to recognizing your team.

With all the unusual circumstances brought by the pandemic, you may also want to rethink your company party so it’s not business as usual. Maybe it’s a sumptuous buffet lunch that caps a half day at the office; an elaborate cocktail party at the end of the workday, with stations and passed hors d’oeuvres; or an informal or themed catered luncheon at an entertainment venue that marries corporate outing with holiday party.

Full-service catering for corporate parties

At Martin + Fitch, a full-service catering firm, we are talking to corporate clients throughout the NY metro market about their holiday party plans, and how to entertain their employees deliciously and safely. Our staff follows all updated protocols to ensure you are served with everyone’s well-being top of mind, and our customized menu offerings enable you to create a party that nourishes your team in ways that help them feel cared for.

“Getting through these unusual times and circumstances together deserves recognition,” said Martin + Fitch CEO Judson Kleinman. “While many companies hosted virtual holiday parties the previous years for obvious reasons, there are ways to bring your team together for an in-person event that celebrates them, makes them feel appreciated, and does so safely.”

In addition to cooking up exceptional food, our catering team can help you select the location, handle all the rentals as needed, provide the flowers or other décor, and book the DJ or band. Our goal is always to provide exceptional experiences for your corporate events, workplace dining needs, and social occasions.

As you firm up the date, time and venue, be sure to contact us to discuss our innovative menus, globally inspired cuisine, and our full range of catering services that make party planning a breeze. You may call us at our NJ office at 973.768.3924 or in NYC at 646.745.0146; or email us at

Judson Kleinman

As the founder and CEO of Corporate Essentials, Judson set out with every intention of bringing a new meaning to the words "office culture". As leaders in the industry, his company constantly sets the bar by investing in, and improving their product offerings, technology, people and training. 20 years and 1500 clients later, Judson can proudly say that Corporate Essentials continues to positively fuel culture and allow over 150,000 employees to work happy.