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Planning the Perfect Summer Event

Planning the Perfect Summer Event

If you’re like us, your summer is packed with events! But what if you’re planning an event of your own? Our event specialists offered three of their top tips for planning the ultimate summer soiree.

Tip #1. Nail down the date.
Event venues, especially those with outdoor options, tend to go fast in summer. Whether it be a park, event space, or a restaurant’s patio, be sure to book it in as much advance as possible. Once the date is secured, send out Save The Dates ASAP! With many guests traveling over summer, you’ll want them to get the event on their calendars as soon as you can.

Tip #2. Keep it cool.
With the scorching summer heat, you want to make sure your guests stay cool and avoid overheating. Ask your venue about its options for additional shade (you may have to rent additional tents, umbrellas, etc.) and air conditioning. Be sure to provide plenty of water and maybe even fun frozen options, like popsicles, for your guests at the event.

Tip #3. Lighter food options.
Especially if your event is outside, the last things guests will want is a cream-based, heavy dish. Keep food options light and non-cream based, to avoid spoiling the food (and your guests’ mood!). Cold food items, like melons, seafood and veggies are not only cost-effective, but your guests may appreciate not having to sacrifice their summer beach body diet!

The MCC is a great summer venue, especially with the Coffee Hangar’s patio as an option for outdoor gatherings. To learn more, contact Cheryl Goldfarb, Director of Sales & Catering, at or 916.877.8173.

MCC Three: Holiday Party Planning Tips

MCC Three: Holiday Party Planning Tips

‘Tis the season for holiday parties! Between finding a venue, coordinating invites and creating a menu that will leave your guests begging for more, holiday party planning can add some undue stress to an already-busy time of year. But have no fear! The MCC’s party planning experts have a few tips to make the process a little bit easier, so you can enjoy the party, too!

#1. Define your budget. Determine your maximum budget, and then prioritize the party elements you want that budget allotted to. People tend to forget the small details, so we recommend hitting it out of the park for the entertainment, venue, and food/booze.  Find vendors who are willing to work with your budget, and always set aside some extra funds for inevitable last-minute small costs.

#2. Pick a theme. Even just making the conscious decision to stick to the theme “holiday” makes things easier! Define your colors, food and activities accordingly. Do you want people to wear ugly sweaters? Are you going to have a gingerbread house competition? Or do a Secret Santa gift exchange? Define these elements, and not only will it make things easier on you, but it will get your guests excited for the main event.

#3. Find the perfect event space. Going back to Tip #1, find a venue that fits within your budget. Be sure to also take into account the amount of space, proximity to where attendees’ live and what you will need to provide vs. what is already included. Be sure to ask about things like furniture, staff/security, A/V and cleanup service.

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Happy Holidays!
The MCC Team