As the holidays quickly approach, so too does the need to start planning for your company's annual party. While you may be inclined to automatically book your party at the nearest restaurant, it's important to consider all of your venue options, including local event and meeting spaces.
You may be quick to rule out a boring, generic conference center as a place to unwind and mingle with friends and coworkers. However, not every conference center has to be boring. In fact, hosting a party at a unique site can be a fun way to shake up your company's typical routine.
A unique site such as a conference center or meeting space can be a great alternative to a bar, restaurant or catering hall. Today, many brides are even choosing reception locations that offer more of a blank canvas so they can completely transform the room to meet their exact requirements for their dream wedding.
Another growing trend in event planning is clients' desire to host "green" or environmentally friendly events. For some that means email invites instead of paper, but for many it means seeking out LEED-certified venues.
In Philadelphia, popular meeting space The Hub runs three unique locations throughout the city. Each space maintains its own charm and character, making them all great places to host a party. Even more appealing is The Hub's exclusive catering contract
with STARR Events, the catering company run by well-known restaurateur Stephen Starr. The Hub's clients get to enjoy the same delicious food found in Starr's Philadelphia restaurants, including Continental, Pod, Barclay Prime, Buddakan, Alma de Cuba, Tangerine, Jones and El Vez.
The Hub's facility at the Cira Center is the only privately held, LEED-certified meeting facility in the United States. Many of the construction materials and furnishings are made recyclable and recyclable content and are manufactured within 500 miles of Philadelphia. Other sustainable features include energy sources that are 100% wind generated, low CFC-emission, energy-efficient lights in the meeting rooms and the use of organic cleaning materials. The Hub Cira Center is an ideal venue for both small and large events including bar / bat mitzvahs and weddings. Its ability to hold up to 330 people makes it the perfect choice for large company parties.
In addition to the Cira Center, The Hub's other locations include The Hub CityView and the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) Conference Center. The Hub CityView offers the perfect environment for sophisticated cocktail parties, receptions and small sit-down meals. The space even boasts breathtaking views of Center City Philadelphia. The CHF Conference Center is managed exclusively by The Hub and features the same great service and STARR Events cuisine as the other two locations.
When it comes to planning your next party, be it a personal soirée or the annual company holiday get-together, make sure you research your options. You may be pleasantly surprised to see what lies beyond the neighborhood restaurant / bar.