Tips for Choosing the Perfect Party Venue

Ballroom Banquet at the Lodge at Santa Fe  in Santa Fe, NM.

Ballroom Banquet at the Lodge at Santa Fe
in Santa Fe, NM.

Choosing a venue is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when planning your holiday party, as it sets the tone for your entire event. (We are lucky to have such a wonderful selection of meeting & event venues in New Mexico.)

Here are some tips to consider to help make your holiday party planning stress-free and as simple as possible.


The first thing to decide is how many people are attending your party. Help your event coordinator understand the size of your guest list to determine the best options available. A large banquet hall can accommodate hundreds of people. On the other hand, if you’re a small business, you may want to host smaller and intimate luncheon or dinner at one of your favorite restaurants.

Pro tip: Whether your group is big or small, make a weekend out at a hotel! This is a great way to make the most out of a very special celebration. If you decide to do this, plan a staycation at a hotel with great amenities.

Full service banquet catering at Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, NM.

Full service banquet catering at Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, NM.


Make this season one to remember and savor the holidays with a specialty holiday menu. On-site caterers make planning a holiday menu for your party much easier. Many venues offer a variety of customized holiday menus, from a full service sit down dinner to an eloquent holiday buffet.

Pro tip: Keep it simple. If you’re having a hard time deciding on a course, go with a more traditional meal. Chances are a majority of your guests will be happy.

Location, location, location!

Another priority when planning a holiday party is to decide when and where you want to host your guests. This can be a daunting task, when each venue seems more magical than the next.

Pro tip: The location for your holiday party should be in the proximity of the office or the majority of your employees’ residences. Guests should not have to navigate a maze to get there, so choose a  venue that’s easy to locate. Try picking a place located near an interstate like Nativo Lodge, or one that’s located near the heart of your city like Hotel Albuquerque.

The Layout

Banquet Ballroom at Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town.

Banquet Ballroom at Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town.

If you’re planning a light reception, holiday buffet or cabaret style dinner, express your expectations to your event coordinator. The amount of available space is important to consider. If the space is too large, guests may feel overwhelmed. Smaller venues can create a more intimate atmosphere, but if it’s too small, guests may feel like they can’t move freely. This is crucial if there will fun activities and gift exchanging.  If you need inspiration, ask to see a gallery of images from previous events to help you create your ideal holiday party.

If you keep all these things in mind, we’re confident you’ll find the right venue for your holiday party.

Happy planning!

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