With the holiday season just around the corner, you may be wondering if and how you can still host an event or gathering while remaining safe. The good news is that even with restrictions and guidelines in place, you can still celebrate the holidays with your loved ones, and still adhere to COVID-19 regulations. Don’t believe us? Here are some of the best tips for hosting an event over the holidays:

  • Prioritize health and safety. It goes without saying that prioritizing the health and safety of your guests should be your first concern. Make sure you have a large venue that is big enough for the number of guests you are planning on hosting to social distance and ensure there are plenty of hand sanitizing stations around for everyone to use. Keep mask supplies for everyone to use and replace masks if they need to, and disinfect surfaces often to stay as free of germs as possible.
  • Communicate. Communication, especially during this time, is especially important at an event to make sure there is not too much confusion. Make an invitation outlining your guidelines, and require and encourage people to bring masks prior to coming and social distance. Put up signs to remind people of these rules, direct people to sanitization stations, and/or mark 6 feet spacing at restrooms or buffet lines.
  • Hybrid Events. Some of your guests may have health restrictions or just not be comfortable going to gatherings at this time, and that is perfectly okay. Consider making your gathering a “hybrid event” with options for guests to join your event virtually through apps such as Zoom, Bizzabo, or CVent. You could also send guests gift or snack boxes so they can experience some of the fun at home. 
  • Creative Entertainment. Though conga lines and limbo may not be COVID compliant options anymore, there are plenty of ways you can entertain your guests that still encourage social distancing and wearing masks. Watch a movie on a large screen during dinner, have a live band, hire a comedian, or even feature a cultural dance option. You can also play non-contact games like trivia.
  • Food and Beverage. Because of the number of germs that can pass while making food at home, it is best to partner with a catering company that can prepare food safely and has experience catering for large/small parties. Have food served by designated people to limit contamination of serving handles, and provide disposable utensils or disinfectant wipes to clean reusable utensils. Some catering companies will also pre-package individual meals, so each guest doesn’t have to worry about other people contaminating their food.

The Cottage
in Crystal Lake, Illinois is now offering catering for large parties, small parties, and intimate gatherings, so that you can still host your holiday party without compromising your safety. No matter how many guests you’re planning on hosting, we have years of experience that made us prepared to serve you for your socially distanced parties and events. Want something more casual? The Cottage is now open and following COVID-19 guidelines to ensure your safety. We recommend making a reservation to seal your spot at our Sunday Night Bingo at 8 and weekly entertainment. For more information, fill out a contact form, visit our Facebook, or give us a call at (815) 459-7520.