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5 Tips for Hosting a Memorable Holiday Work Party

The Holidays are right around the corner and Barnett on Washington is excited to be hosting an array of holiday work parties! Take a look at our best tips for creating a party that your employees won’t soon forget!

  1. Recognition is a Great Gift
    • Hosting a holiday party is the perfect opportunity to get all of your employees in one space to celebrate all of the company’s successes from the year. What a great time to recognize your outstanding employees publicly, while also motivating your team for the next year!
  2. Choosing  a Theme
    • Some of our favorite themes we have seen are Masquerade Balls, Christmas Around the World, Chocolate Factory (or Candyland), Casino Royale and Santa’s Workshop!
    • Choosing a theme will help shape the rest of your event. For example, if you choose Christmas Around the World, create tablescapes that represent different countries throughout the world. And, setup food stations around the room that feature different types of cuisine.
  3. Entertainment
    • It’s not a holiday party until the dance floor is open and guests are ready to bust a move! Invest in a fun live band or interactive DJ to help keep the party moving along. They can also help incorporate a few games throughout the night!
    • Outside of music, consider providing other areas of entertainment throughout the night. For example, host a “Casino Royale” themed party and setup a black jack and poker table for guests to enjoy.
  4. Photo Booth Fun
    • Incorporating a photo booth into your party always creates a fun environment for guests allowing them to kickback and be cheesy!
    • These pictures can be placed back at the office to help create culture! And, the pictures always make for great takeaway gifts for the guests.
  5. Door Prizes
    • Handing out door prizes to your guests upon entering the party automatically creates excitement. These prizes can range from giving out additional vacation days or handing out raffle tickets to be drawn for a big screen TV.
    • If doing a “Santa’s Workshop” theme, create an event that is all about your company giving back to those in need. Consider having each guest bring a small toy for a local charity.

If you are interested in booking your holiday party at Barnett on Washington, email Misty at MWillinger@barnettonwashington.com or call 314-534-8283.

Selecting The Perfect Venue

Congratulations on your engagement!

The journey you are about to embark on will be full of excitement, happiness, and plenty of decision making. First up, venue selection. We want to share just a few tips that may help make this process stress-free and fun!

Selecting the perfect venue

Before you start booking tours with your favorite venues, it’s a great idea to make a complete list of questions to ask when visiting. This process is sometimes overwhelming and you may forget to ask the right questions in the moment. Having a list will keep you on point and help you make your final decision.

  1. Know your style. What kind of wedding do you visualize? Rustic, classic, eclectic, modern, etc.? Now that you can visualize your style, selecting the right venue will be made much easier.
  2. Can the venue accommodate the size of your party? Be careful if it gets too snug – consider temperature and comfortability of your guests. Don’t be afraid to ask for a sample floor plan of what the space will look like with your party size.  You want to have plenty of room to bust a few moves on the dance floor.
  3. Know your non-negotiables.
    1. Is the perfect date more important than the perfect venue? You may have to be flexible.
    2. It’s a great idea to discuss what the most important detail to each the bride and groom is. For example, an open premium bar may be most important to the groom, while having chiavari chairs is most important to the bride. Find a venue that can make both come to fruition.
    3. Do you want to work with vendors provided by you? If so, a full service venue may not be for you.
    4. Can the venue fully execute your vision? Are they flexible with the setup? Also, be sure to ask if you are able to extend your rental if the party goes late.
  4. Be sure to find out everything that is included. Tables, chairs, linens, plateware, etc. Some full service venues will offer more of these items, while some venues are a blank canvas and rely on the couple to provide most everything.
    1. Before committing to a venue, ask that they put an estimated costs invoice for you. This will help keep your budget in check and ensure hidden fees don’t pop up unexpectedly.
  5. Think the logistics through.
    1. What type of parking is available? Some venues will have a separate lot, while others will just have street parking. If that is the case, be sure to ask about valet being an option for your guests.
    2. How many bathrooms are on site? Are they handicapped accessible?
    3. How many people are visiting from out-of-town? Is the venue close to an airport or convenient for all guests to get to? It’s a good idea to ask about nearby hotels and shuttle service.
    4. If hosting a ceremony and reception at the same venue, be sure to ask if both events will take place in the same space. And, if so, how long it will it take the staff to flip the room for the reception.

Bridal trends

In meeting with our clients, we understand the importance for your event to really embody and represent you as a couple. It is all in the details to highlight your personality and showcase uniqueness.

Trends we are seeing this year…

  • It is all about the party! We continue to see couples place a large amount of their budget on the reception space, catering/bar packages and DJ services to create a lasting impression for each of their guests.
  • The search for an unforgettable, unique venue! While hotels, banquet halls, and country clubs are still very desirable, many couples are searching for a space that really represents their personalities. The couples that visit our beautiful Barnett on Washington are searching for a space that their guests will not soon forget. A space that has character, history, and a natural elegance.
  • Classic weddings are in. Over the past several years, casual weddings have been very popular. Now, it seems the classic, or more traditional wedding is making its way back.
  • Food creativity. Couples are getting creative with their food choices and how the food is presented. Popular styles have been food stations with smaller tastings, to family style seated dinners. Family style dinners keep the table engaged and the conversation flowing.

Cheers to an unforgettable wedding journey!

After $4 Million Dollar Renovation, Elegant St. Louis Venue Now Open

The Barnett on Washington is now open to the public. Reserve this vibrant and rich environment for your corporate events, weddings, or other special celebrations. Enjoy our elegant atmosphere and  engage in our breathtaking environment. Fill out the contact form below for more information.

The Barnett on Washington is now open to the public. Reserve this vibrant and rich environment for your corporate events, weddings, or other special celebrations. Enjoy our elegant atmosphere and  engage in our breathtaking environment. Fill out the contact form below for more information.

After $4 Million Dollar Renovation, Elegant St. Louis Venue Now Open

St. Louis, MO – The Barnett on Washington, a unique new St. Louis event venue, recently opened its doors after undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. The building, located at 3207 Washington Avenue, has a long and storied history, but was only recently renovated and restored to its original luster and elegance. September 12th marked the grand opening of the venue. The Barnett on Washington looks to play host to a bevy of engagements in the area including corporate events, local weddings, receptions, business luncheons, and other area occurrences in search of a rich and vibrant experience.

Constructed in 1921, the Barnett on Washington was originally built to be the home of Central States Life Insurance Company, and was designed by preeminent local architect, Tom P. Barnett. The project of renovating the building was undertaken by local business owners Drew Acree and Jeffery Kelley. “We were in love with the architecture of the building, and saw an opportunity to do something special with it”, said Kelley. The elegant design of the building features 45 foot tall ceilings, a spacious square balcony, and a double stair case that wraps around the front entrance. “We’d like to establish the Barnett on Washington as the premier event space for corporate and private events”, spoke Acree. The event space currently accommodates approximately 200 seated individuals, and can host up to 455 standing attendees in a cocktail-style event.

The new venue is more than just a reinvigorated and redesigned new space. “Currently, our primary business, Chameleon Integrated Services, resides on the 2nd floor. We saw an opportunity to start a new business leveraging the breathtaking event space, and the rest is history”, said Acree. Kelley adds, “It was never about trying to make money, it was about doing something the right way. The Barnett on Washington adds to their rich setting by including a lineup of other refined qualities including; valet parking, wi-fi, a state-of-art sound system, and The Barnett Room – a fine cigar smoking lounge.

The Barnett on Washington is currently available to all organizations or private parties interested in securing the venue for their upcoming events, but if you’re interested in checking out the building for yourself there is another option. “Originally, the only way to experience the Barnett was to host or attend a private or corporate event here. But, we wanted to find a way to open it to the public. That way, people could come in have a drink and enjoy the environment. So, we decided to do something different – we created Chameleon Club”, stated Kelley. Chameleon Club is a weekly club created for networking, meetings, relaxation, or the simple enjoyment of a cocktail or fine cigar. The club is currently accepting new members, and is open Thursday evenings from 5:00PM to 12:00AM.

The Barnett on Washington is still available for new bookings in 2014. For more information about The Barnett on Washington or Chameleon Club visit their blog at http://www.barnettonwashblog.com or contact Misty Willinger at 1-844-GO BARNETT, or at MWillinger@barnettonwashington.com.

St. Louis, MO – The Barnett on Washington, a unique new St. Louis event venue, recently opened its doors after undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. The building, located at 3207 Washington Avenue, has a long and storied history, but was only recently renovated and restored to its original luster and elegance. September 12th marked the grand opening of the venue. The Barnett on Washington looks to play host to a bevy of engagements in the area including corporate events, local weddings, receptions, business luncheons, and other area occurrences in search of a rich and vibrant experience.

Constructed in 1921, the Barnett on Washington was originally built to be the home of Central States Life Insurance Company, and was designed by preeminent local architect, Tom P. Barnett. The project of renovating the building was undertaken by local business owners Drew Acree and Jeffery Kelley. “We were in love with the architecture of the building, and saw an opportunity to do something special with it”, said Kelley. The elegant design of the building features 45 foot tall ceilings, a spacious square balcony, and a double stair case that wraps around the front entrance. “We’d like to establish the Barnett on Washington as the premier event space for corporate and private events”, spoke Acree. The event space currently accommodates approximately 200 seated individuals, and can host up to 455 standing attendees in a cocktail-style event.

The new venue is more than just a reinvigorated and redesigned new space. “Currently, our primary business, Chameleon Integrated Services, resides on the 2nd floor. We saw an opportunity to start a new business leveraging the breathtaking event space, and the rest is history”, said Acree. Kelley adds, “It was never about trying to make money, it was about doing something the right way. The Barnett on Washington adds to their rich setting by including a lineup of other refined qualities including; valet parking, wi-fi, a state-of-art sound system, and The Barnett Room – a fine cigar smoking lounge.

The Barnett on Washington is currently available to all organizations or private parties interested in securing the venue for their upcoming events, but if you’re interested in checking out the building for yourself there is another option. “Originally, the only way to experience the Barnett was to host or attend a private or corporate event here. But, we wanted to find a way to open it to the public. That way, people could come in have a drink and enjoy the environment. So, we decided to do something different – we created Chameleon Club”, stated Kelley. Chameleon Club is a weekly club created for networking, meetings, relaxation, or the simple enjoyment of a cocktail or fine cigar. The club is currently accepting new members, and is open Thursday evenings from 5:00PM to 12:00AM.

The Barnett on Washington is still available for new bookings in 2014. For more information about The Barnett on Washington or Chameleon Club visit their blog at http://www.barnettonwashblog.com or contact Misty Willinger at 1-844-GO BARNETT, or at MWillinger@barnettonwashington.com.