10 Festive Ways to Ring in the New Year in Houston

Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014, by Patricia Reyna

It is almost here. We are in the last days on 2014 and it will soon be time to ring in the New Year in Houston. New Years Eve in HoustonScrambling to find plans now that the Christmas celebrations have come to an end? There are many different events scheduled throughout the city that will give you the opportunity to Ring in the New Year in Houston. Or, you can plan your own festive New Year’s event for your friends and family. Either way, you have options. Following are where places to go for Houston New Years parties.

New Year’s Celebrations in Houston are scheduled for children and adults in venues across the city. From the beginning of the day to long past midnight, you will be able to find the perfect venue for a festive New Year’s celebration in Houston. We have found several that will delight you, your family and friends.

  1. New Year’s Eve Celebration – for the kids and adults at Sugarland, near Houston will celebrate the incoming year with a Children’s Celebration at 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., with a fireworks finale. Adult celebrations, begin at 10:00 p.m., go until 1:00 a.m., and include a midnight show in 3D.

  2. Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash for Children – Beginning at 11:45 a.m. at the Children’s Museum of Houston, this celebration includes many other events scheduled during the holiday season that will keep your children entertained and engaged.

  3. Fox Hollow New Year’s Eve – will go from Dusk ‘til Dawn for the brave of heart and festive of spirit, this event is located on Nett Street in Houston.

  4. The Rose, Gold and Glitter New Year’s Eve – event will have you ringing in the New Year with complimentary hor d’ oeuvres and champagne at midnight, giving you the opportunity to ring in the New Year at the Vibe Lounge, Houston, TX.

  5. J. Black’s New Year’s Eve 2015 – offers food and festivities at J. Blacks Feel Good Kitchen and Lounge in Houston.

  6. The Empire Nightclub – offers a night of Decadence for New Year’s Eve, where you can dance your way into 2015 with live entertainment in multiple party areas.

  7. New Year’s Eve with the Level One Band – at the Music Café at Dosey Doe’s in Houston. Ring in your New Year in a historic venue with your family and friends and enjoy excellent food and festivities while celebrating this New Year’s event.

  8. A Royal New Year’s Eve Ball - is venue where you can party like Royalty. With access to the Foyer, Ballroom and pool area of the Hotel Derek, you can ring in the New Year in the opulent surroundings of one of Houston’s finest Hotels.

  9. New Year’s Eve Gatsby Ball – at the Ritz Ultra Lounge gives you an evening in an upscale environment that will take you back to the days of Gatsby and the roaring twenties. Kick up your heels at the Ritz Carlton, Houston and ring in your New Year in style.

  10. The Cirque New Year’s Eve Gala 2015 – offers a venue at the GAGE Lounge Midtown. For an evening where you can celebrate the ringing in the New Year in style in a festive entertainment throughout the last evening of 2014 into the first morning of 2015.

Whatever you decide to ring in your New Year and as you can see there is much to do in Houston. Be safe, enjoy the season as we leave one year, and enter the next. If you decide to stay home and have your own party, many of these events can be downsized and used right in your own home.

6 Christmas Party Activities That Are Sure to Entertain

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, by Patricia Reyna

There is simply no better time to be around family and friends than around the holidays. While most get-togethers are just ad hoc affairs, it doesn't hurt to plan a few activities to get everyone in a festive mood. Here are just a half-dozen suggestions for some things to do at your next Christmas gathering:

  1. Fill the Stocking

    Best done outdoors or in a room with lots of space, separate guests into several teams and have them compete to fill up a Christmas stocking with small easily dropped candies using only a spoon.

    We recommend jellybeans, M&Ms, Skittles, or peppermints. Teammates trade off the spoon after every successful “drop” into the stocking.

  2. Christmas Carol Charades

    Have you ever tried to act out Jingle Bells? Surprisingly difficult at first –– this game gets far more competitive and fun as the names become more obscure. 

    It is also a great way to include the kids as they all know the names to the most famous carols. Start off easy and save “Adeste Fideles” for the end.

  3. The Photo Booth

    Admittedly, this takes a little effort to set up but you will almost always find a willing photographer – otherwise get Dad to do it.

    All you need are a few props – we recommend lots of tinsel, Santa hats, and a fake reindeer. 

    Set up a background in an area a little out of the way to take some spectacular Christmastime snapshots.

  4. Pin the Nose on Rudolph

    A seasonal spin on the old pin the tail on the donkey game, this activity is great fun for the kids but can get a little out of control later in the evening when the “eggnog-inspired” adults want to take part.

    One word of advice, forget the actual “pin” and go with a magnet-backed nose instead.

  5. The Cheesy Christmas Tie Game

    Have everyone bring their cheesiest holiday-themed tie. Divide guests into teams of two – a man and woman please – and have them compete against the other teams to see who can “tie the tie” the quickest.

    Both teammates must do it for the win. One word of warning, though ... you'll be surprised at how much better the women are at this than the men.

  6. Name that Carol

    At the beginning of the party, provide a list to every person with a few well-chosen words (not the title) from a multitude of Christmas carols.

    There are plenty of excellent lists on the Internet. Later on, give away a trinket or two to the person who has correctly named the most song titles.

For more creative ideas for your Houston holiday party planning, please visit us at Per Se Events. We can be found online at PerSeEvents.com or reached directly at 281.236.4708.

10 Great Houston Venues for the Company Holiday Party

Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, by Patricia Reyna

Is your company looking for a great place to have a holiday party in Houston? Not surprisingly, there are some great venues for that company holiday party here in the nation's fourth largest city.

Houston party planning is easy and stress-free during corporate events using one of these great venues.

Skyline Room at The Houston Hilton

1600 Lamar
Houston, TX, 77010

The Houston Hilton Skyline Room can accommodate intimate groups to convention extravaganzas. The beautiful skywalks, waterfall and event planning personnel make for a care-free holiday event.

Seasons 52 Houston

842 West Sam Houston Pkwy N
Houston, TX 77024

Yes, this is part of a chain, but worth mentioning is the delightful American Cuisine served in an intimate setting. The price is right for the level of food choices. Free valet parking in the city center of Houston is valuable consideration for a company having a Houston holiday party.

BRIO Tuscan Grill

12808 Queensbury Ln #100
Houston, TX 77024

Another wonderful Houston City Center choice for a company holiday party is BRIO Tuscan Grill. The BRIO dining room offers an intimate seating venue of 30. The choices of menu and style of serving give this venue an extra touch. There is no minimum of food or beverage. Features food that is authentic in the Tuscan style including grilled steaks, chops and seafood.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House

5061 Westheimer Rd, Suite 8060
Houston, TX 77056

Custom menus include fine seafood and steak. Couple the superb menu with beverage service and a satisfying company holiday party. The Del Frisco sales and event planners make your holiday party seamless. Dining rooms surrounded by the glass-enclosed wine cellar add to the luxury of the dining experience for your Houston company party.

The Grove

1611 Lamar St
Houston, TX 77010

A new and appealing addition to company holiday party venues. The Grove has three exquisitely inviting private dining rooms with glass from floor to ceiling. The rooms accommodate from 30 to 300 diners. Decoratively urban and green in a natural setting overlooking Discovery Park, The Grove is a wonderfully refreshing venue for your Houston holiday party.

Buca di Beppo- Buffalo Speedway

5192 Buffalo Speedway
Houston, TX 77005

For a Houston holiday party, the Buca di Beppo restaurant can handle the intimate family style dinner party with finesse. Pictures of Italian American celebrities, period music from Italian Americans like Frank Sinatra. Enjoy the energetic atmosphere during an intimate company party.

The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel

909 Texas St Suite 106F
Houston, TX 77002

The heart of Houston holds a 1913 historic ballroom that accommodates up to 400 guests. An adjoining room, the Empire Room that accommodates up to 120 guest for a more intimate affair. Sambuca Catering provides meal and beverage choices for your holiday party.

*17 restaurant, the Veranda at The Sam Houston Hotel

1117 Prairie St
Houston, TX 77002

Accommodating to 120 guests, *17 Veranda has a tented roof, central air and located in central Houston. A distinctive and lively venue option for the corporate holiday party, this award winning *17 restaurant creates the menu and the semi-outdoors creates the atmosphere for your event.

Magnolia Ballroom

715 Franklin
Houston, TX 77002

The Magnolia Ballroom is located on Franklin on the square in the historic district of Houston. You are transformed to a bygone era on the grounds of it, as the venue boasts only one event booking at a time meaning personal attention by the staff for your event. Imagine the leaded glass, balcony, fireplace and elegant decorations of the Magnolia as you mingle with your guest, up to 250, during your holiday party.

Gremillion & Co.

2501 Sunset Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006

The gallery is a distinctive conversation piece of its own. It boast a kitchen, outdoor atrium and sculpture garden with your rental price. Combine your catering and the contemporary artwork, and your guests will be talking the whole year about your holiday party.

For event planning, advice and interesting articles Per Se Events blog has it all. Looking for a premiere event planning in Houston, contact Per Se Events.

5 Festive Thanksgiving Party Themes

Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014, by Patricia Reyna

A Thanksgiving celebration is extra special with a theme. Thanksgiving is all about food, friends, and celebration. Try one of these five Thanksgiving party themes for your Houston Thanksgiving this year.

  1. Year of Thanks

    This is an obvious choice for Thanksgiving party themes for your yearly celebration. Inexpensive or homemade thank you notes double as place cards placed at each place setting. You can even hand each guest a blank thank you and have them write something they are thankful for and before serving have each guest read their card – which would go over nicely as a cranberry beverage toast time celebration. A wonderful cranberry mold is a nice relish dish or desert idea.

  2. First American Thanksgiving Celebration

    Recreate the original Thanksgiving feast. This is another great idea for another of many Thanksgiving dinner themes. Keeping the original Native American and Pilgrim gathering in mind, decorate in the style of autumn harvest. Recipes incorporating foods native to the area is also a nice touch. According to a journal of the original Thanksgiving celebration deer, wild birds were certainly on the menu. Fruits and vegetables common to the harvest at the time and region were corn, cabbage, peas, cranberries, gooseberries, and raspberries – to name a few. Decorations can include autumn leaves, pumpkins, corn stalks and any dried flowers you have available.

  3. Happy Harvest Thanksgiving

    Another appropriate Thanksgiving dinner theme is "harvest time". Think local harvest foods including pumpkin, cranberry, squash, and corn. A refreshing cranberry punch or wine are beverages perfectly served with harvest foods. Pumpkin pie is always a hit for Thanksgiving dinner. Roasted squash and a delicious cornbread dressing are common recipes to make for the harvest celebration. Applying a can or two of metallic spray paint on some dry corn ears and squash is a recipe for some beautiful decorations for you harvest celebration.

  4. In Honor of Mr. Tom Turkey

    Honoring Mr. Tom Turkey is a fun celebration theme to have a little fun, especially if your Thanksgiving party will include many young guests. Feathers placed in flower arrangements or tied to silverware with a napkin are eye appealing and decorative touches. For some added interaction, make the dinner in honor of Mr. Tom and have everyone say a line of a story about Mr. Tom. Each guest can add a line to the previous lines to create a funny and entertaining story game to the Thanksgiving celebration.

  5. Apple Fest

    American harvests include an array of apples. Apples are easy to place for decorative effect for you Thanksgiving theme dinner party. Apple cider is good hot or cold as a beverage to serve your guest. Apple pie, apple crisp and even apple bread stuffing are easily incorporated in the menu along with other apple themed recipes. Cut apples in half and make paint prints to use on place mats for placing under dinner plates for a fun effective decoration.

These fun Thanksgiving dinner party themes will make your Houston Thanksgiving a hit. Creating holiday memories is important and these Thanksgiving party themes can help make your dinner party special for your guests this year. Per Se Events is here for you to help in the details of you Houston Thanksgiving Celebration. Contact us for the details and how we can help you make it memorable and flawless.