Published on Jan 1, 2018
Looking forward to celebrating the festive season and having fun with colleagues and friends at the office Christmas party can come with a worry about how much it’s going to cost.
The office Christmas party doesn’t have to be an expensive affair. Buying an outfit, getting to and from the party and buying drinks can all add up, but it doesn’t have to break the bank with some careful planning and our handy tips. The office Christmas party is a great opportunity to mingle with colleagues and managers outside of the office environment and celebrate another year’s hard work, so don’t miss out.
There can be a lot of pressure to look good at the office Christmas do, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a small fortune on your outfit. Hunt out a bargain dress or suit online, make a visit to your local charity shop to search for a vintage gem or upstyle something that’s already in your wardrobe. Don’t forget to check it’s appropriate to the dress code first!
Gents hiring a suit or tux for a black tie event are commonplace, but ladies too are realising the benefits of renting an outfit. Designer gown hire boutiques can be found in upmarket areas of town and offer the chance to wear a stunning dress at a similar cost to buying an outfit you may only wear once.
If you’re going to a fancy dress Christmas party, why not get creative and make your own costume? This will be much cheaper than buying or hiring an outfit, making it will be great fun and it will be a great talking point when you arrive. Plus, there’ll be no need to worry about turning up in the same outfit as someone else!
It may well be that your office Christmas party will be at an out of town venue, so getting there and back by taxi could be quite costly. Try getting a lift from a designated driver or perhaps a friend who lives nearby to save on taxi fares. However, if a taxi is the only option, share it with as many colleagues going in your direction as possible, to split the cost between you. They’ll probably be quite glad you suggested it.
Limit the amount of time you spend hanging out at the bar by arriving just before the official start time and ordering a taxi to pick you up before it gets too late. This may seem like the party pooper option, but it will save you money and prevent you from getting too rowdy or raucous at the end of the night.
It’s far too easy to hand over your card at the bar and lose track of the amount you’re spending. So, set yourself a budget for the night, take out that amount in cash before you leave and stick to it. That way, you can avoid the headache of figuring out how much you spent the night before, and maybe even the hangover too!
We hope these useful money saving tips from the team at Office Christmas will help you avoid breaking the bank at your company Christmas party. For more handy tips, advice and news about the latest Christmas party packages available, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter. Read more blogs here.