Once you’ve selected the ideal venue, you’ll have to think about the seating arrangements. Think about limited seating for more intimate conversations at rounds, seating families together, and designing floorplans that decrease foot traffic. Our catering and event team has 40 years of experience and are dreaming up a lot of new solutions for event layouts that we can’t wait to share with you!
Ultimately, plans and procedures for an event must be effectively communicated in advance to both employees and guests. We will work with you to best communicate with your guest list about what they can expect, what would make them most comfortable, how to ensure they have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our team will also be sure to follow-up and lead our clients through each step of the event-planning process.
Your business or organization may have employees all working remotely, some in the office and some from home, or you may be operating as normal with a few extra safety measures in place. One solution many companies have been adopting is a hybrid model for their meetings, conferences, and future holiday events. With this solution, those who are able and comfortable can attend in person, and those who are not able can participate from their home! Another solution would be to break larger events into smaller, separate gatherings per department for example.An idea we love at Olive Tree is sending a boxed meal or gift tray to those who are attending virtually. Our gift boxes, baskets, and trays are a customer favorite every year, and will be in especially high demand for 2020!
6) Explore Innovative Culinary Options
For now, it is highly recommended to avoid self-serve stations or displays to limit communal interaction and multiple food handling. By offering plated service or providing individually packaged food and beverages, you limit the opportunity for contamination. If buffet or cafeteria style is insisted upon, we require that guests wear masks while going through the line and do so in a distanced manner. When it comes to smaller gatherings or Corporate Events, gifting your employees, friends, and clients with personalized meals is a creative and genuine way to show appreciation! . A few creative options we’ve executed recently are:
Box lunches for meetings delivered on-site at offices
Pre-packaged holiday meals that include made-to-order cuisine, ready for pick-up or carryout
Buffets or stations that is served by Olive Tree staff at our incredibly spacious venue
This isn’t where our culinary options stop, though. We want to let you know the depths that our Olive Tree team is taking to help you execute safe in-person events moving forward.