‘It’s about A-type sales people and the executive branch’: Under the shadow of omicron, the office party has a new, exclusive vibe

'It’s about A-type sales people and the executive branch': Under the shadow of omicron, the office party has a new, exclusive vibe

Last December, Keith Willard and his party planning staff were assembling fresh flowers, bitters, dehydrated grapefruit, and ham so companies could celebrate the holidays with Zoom ZM, -1.60% events on how to make a bouquet, a tasty cocktail or a charcuterie board.

This year, the south Florida-based wedding and corporate event planner hired actors to stage a Christmas village where corporate party guests drive through and have a gift waiting for them. He’s also figuring out socially-distanced hotel ballroom seating charts and has more sanitizing gel than he knows what to do with.

Tonya Hoopes, of Hoopes Events, a Utah wedding and corporate event planner in Salt Lake City and the Park City area, had a quiet holiday season last year. Five companies sought her help getting gifts to staff. The to-do list for Hoopes’ 21 in-person parties this December includes verifying that the catering wait staff is fully…

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