Hilton Madison Monona Terrace: Tips for a Scrooge-less Holiday Staff Party

For more information contact:
Ranette Maurer, Director of Sales
Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
(608) 260-2363 or rmaurer@hiltonmadison.com

MADISON, Wis. (November 11, 2005) ­ Companies can reap significant benefits
from hosting a successful holiday staff party. Employees often feel
appreciated and rejuvenated, returning to work as a united team to face a
new year with a positive image of the company.

However, hosting a holiday party is studded with four major landmines that
party planners must navigate in order for the event to be a success, says
Ranette Maurer, Director of Sales for the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace and
the Capitol Chophouse. Maurer has several years experience planning holiday
parties and provides the below tips to avoid threats to an enjoyable holiday

Religious beliefs – Be inclusive of different faiths and holiday customs by
involving a diverse representation of staff in the planning stages. Instead
of referring to a specific event or celebration, use the term ³holiday
party.² Ask staff members to bring a treasured holiday item and share with
co-workers its significance.

Alcohol consumption – While an alcohol-free event may be the most
responsible option, a little beer and wine at an event does create a more
festive mood. Consider having a cash bar or drink tickets to encourage
employees from overindulging in alcohol. If hosting an open bar, consider
providing a complimentary limousine to transport employees to and from the
event. Insist on providing cab rides to any employee who is at risk of
driving intoxicated.

Dietary needs – Provide alternative options to the traditional turkey or
ham. Religious beliefs, allergies or other medical issues are just some of
the reasons people may be limited in what foods they can eat. Find a caterer
willing to accommodate varied needs.

Employee gifts – Forgo mugs and hats with the company logo emblazoned on
them for gifts that really show your employees are valuable. Staff would
appreciate gifts they find useable such as gift certificates or extra time
off during the holidays.

The Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, owned and managed by Marcus Corporation,
opened in February 2001. The 14-story, 240-room hotel is adjacent to the
Monona Terrace Convention Center and offers meeting facilities, luxurious
rooms and suites, and a private concierge floor designed to accommodate
business travelers. Also sitting adjacent to the Hilton is the Capitol
Chophouse ­ an upscale, American-style restaurant located in the historic
former chancery building of the Catholic Diocese of Madison. Their extensive
wine list has earned them Wine Spectator¹s ³Award of Excellence.²