Have I mentioned that one of my favorite things about Austin, TX is the Whole Foods headquarters? (Yes.)
The Whole Foods flagship location downtown is no joke. Picture the biggest Whole Foods you’ve seen … doubled in size. I seriously hang out here for fun. When friends ask me where I want to go for dinner, I secretly want to say “Whole Foods!” Although I’ll usually
settle for a real restaurant.
So when one of my coworkers suggested hosting our office holiday party there, I was sold!
As part of our Holiday Party Planning Committee, it was a bit of a challenge to figure out a venue, menu, date and activity that would appeal to everyone. Planning a wedding some day will be interesting! Ha. But after lots of phone calls and meetings, we solidified our holiday party, with help from the awesome event planners at Whole Foods corporate.
The space on top of Whole Foods has a playground, picnic tables, and a ton of open space. Any time of year, you’ll see people eating lunch and just hanging out up there. In the summer, they host free weekly yoga classes. And in the winter, they turn the roof into an ice skating rink.
I didn’t snap a photo of the food, but we enjoyed cheese, roasted veggies, mini sandwiches, meatballs, bacon-wrapped brussels sprouts, fried shrimp and arancini – all catered by Whole Foods.
We also chose a variety of wine, beer & sparkling water to supplement the Mexican Hot Chocolate and Hot Apple Cider that Whole Foods supplied.
It’s always a bit of pressure to plan an event that everyone will enjoy, but I’d say the party was a success. Who doesn’t want to leave work early on a Friday, enjoy free food & drinks and go ice skating in Texas?!
- What’s the coolest holiday party you’ve ever attended? Mine was, hands down, the Urban Outfitters holiday party when I worked at the home office. Sooo over the top and amazing!