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An Experts Guide To Planning Your Christmas Work Do

Published on Aug 17, 2018

We know what you’re thinking. It’s August, Autumn hasn’t even hit yet and I’m in the middle of the Summer rush, why would I even to begin to think (or have the time for that matter!) to plan a Christmas party for my employees?

The weather may not yet have plummeted, but now is the perfect time to start putting plans in place to thank all of your employees for all of their hard work this year.

But where to start? Here are our top ten tips to help guide you through the fun (and considerations) behind planning your Christmas office celebrations.

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Set the date

There are only a limited number of Friday/Saturday dates from mid-November through to near-end December, so pick one and stick to it.
 
 
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Consider your budget

Perhaps the most important element to your event, the budget will determine elements such as the food, entertainment and even any potential theming. Always communicate with your party planner (if applicable) so that they can manage expectations to create the best night possible!
 
 
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Confirm the numbers

Send an email around the office letting your employees know the proposed date. Ask them to RSVP within a week so that you can move on to…
 
 
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Choosing the perfect party venue

Do you want to venture out of stay close to home? If you’re considering a party venue that is a drive away, you may want to check that they have overnight accommodation, especially once the mulled wine gets flowing!

TIP: Don’t have time for a night time event? Why not organise a Christmas lunch instead!  Many venues offer Christmas lunch packages to suit all party sizes and can be just as fun!
 
 
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Shared or Exclusive?

Shared parties come with the fantastic opportunity to mix with groups from other companies, allowing you to benefit from the high end production and entertainment of a big event, whereas choosing an Exclusive Christmas party can be as simple or extravagant as you wish, giving you complete control over your own event.
 
 
What Your Christmas Party Theme Says About You

Theming

Looking to blow your colleagues away? A themed Christmas party may be the way to go and are extremely high in demand for 2014. From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Winter Wonderland all the way through to Viva Las Vegas, Office Christmas has a theme for everyone. More info here.
 
 
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Entertainment

DJ and Disco, live music, magicians, dancers, awards ceremonies, stilt walkers – there are so many options to choose from! To build a truly bespoke Christmas party, check out our Party Planner tool here.
 
 
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Food and Drink

How would you like the party food to be served? Three-course meals may be perfect for some, but there are other options such as Buffet or bowl food to take advantage of.Photographers, goody bags and party games can also be a great way to keep the festive party spirit going!

Check any dietary requirements within your team and then send the menu to them via email. As for drink options, you will have the option of preparing a bar tab or perhaps arranging drink vouchers,  choose what is best for your audience.
 
 
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Putting the finishing touches

If you’re going to a themed party, props can be the perfect way to make your office Christmas party a night to remember.
 
 
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Have fun!

Corporate Christmas parties are a great way to create unity within your business. This is especially beneficial if your company operates under a number of different departments.  Just remember the number one rule….no photos after 10 pm!

Need help organising the perfect bespoke Christmas party for your team? Office Christmas is always on hand to help. Just drop us an email via or call 01273 856001.

 

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