Okay, so next Christmas may be a long way off, but the best office parties tend to be the ones that have had lots of planning. So, if you’re already wondering how you can top last years Company Christmas do, here are a few tips on how to get started.
The first step of your planning is to set a budget for the party. Work out what type of party you want, do you want live music, a disco, a work awards ceremony, a buffet or a sit down meal? Once you decide, make a list and allocate funds to each aspect of the party. Make the most of your budget by shopping for group discounts and venues with package catering deals.
Find a Venue
Get out of the office! Your colleagues will enjoy themselves a bit more if they are away from the familiarity of the workplace. You can find plenty of London venues for your party with lots of different facilities on offer (companies like G&D can help you weigh up the best options). Work out how many people are attending and find an appropriate venue. See what extras are included in hiring the facility and if you want the party to continue after the main event find somewhere with some nightlife nearby.
Will the catering be included with the venue? If not decide on how best to feed your guests. You can supply a buffet or organize a sit down meal before heading to the main event. Look around and decide on the best catering choice for the mood you want to create and that fits with the theme of your party. Make sure you have enough food to cater for all of your guests and think about supplying a free bar to thank the staff for their hard work during the year.
Everybody likes to let their hair down and enjoy a few drinks at the Christmas party. Decide how you want your guests to be served. This can depend on the type of party you have planned. Do you want to allocate some of the budget to set up a free bar or do you want a waiter service to bring drinks to the guests table. You can let your colleagues help themselves by setting up drinks tables around the venue.
A themed party can loosen your up your colleagues and build some excitement before the party. Put fancy dress on the invites or for something more low key have some themed entertainment and pick decorations and lighting that fit the style of your business.
Planning the Christmas can be exciting and seeing your colleagues enjoy themselves on the big night due to your planning and hard work can be very fulfilling. However, it can be a daunting task if you have to juggle your regular workload with the party planning. Get some help from colleagues to share the responsibility. A small planning team can make your life easier. Get a team together to discuss the event and come up with a cohesive plan, then delegate the different aspects of the party.
And finally, don’t forget that this is your Christmas party too. Follow our top Christmas party planning tips and when the night arrives everything has been planned and should run smoothly. Enjoy the party, treat yourself to a glass of eggnog and congratulate yourself on a job well done.