Planning the perfect Christmas party can take expertise and experience. So, with the festive season fast approaching, follow our handy tips….
Opt for a venue that’s memorable for all the right reasons
Nobody wants to attend a Christmas party worthy of ‘The Office’ with drunken employees swinging in their chairs and dancing to ‘Last Christmas’ whilst blowing on a streamer. Break out of the office environment so that your employees feel like they can let their hair down.
Set the right date and time
Depending on what type of sector you’re in, choosing the right date for the Christmas party is crucial. Remember, if December’s your busiest period, January may be a better date when more people can make the event – and actually enjoy it as they aren’t stressing over getting that deadline completed! Give yourself enough time to plan the perfect Christmas party.
Most companies begin researching and planning in early summer – or even earlier than this. Remember, venues get booked up and some even have a long waiting list…
Ask for feedback on the previous year’s party
Getting feedback on the previous year. This will help you plan the perfect party and learn what your employees really enjoyed – and didn’t so much. Make it simple by giving people a questionnaire or survey with closed answers rather than just asking people what they would like to see as you may get lots of conflicting answers!
Try a theme
Themes can be a fun way to get your employees into the spirit of things. Give people enough warning though so people have time to buy all the accessories etc. You can always put it out as a poll with a few options so employees can give their say on their preferred fancy dress costume. Popular options include Winter Wonderland, masquerade, Christmas jumpers or Christmas around the world party.
Make sure your budget stretches
There’s no point in planning a Christmas party if you haven’t got the budget to cover it. Plan early, buy the most important things first and there’s any money left, that’s the time you can splurge on things you think are fun rather than essentials.
Start a spreadsheet
There’s nothing like a bit of meticulous planning when it comes to party planning. You can always check or reuse last year’s spreadsheet to check the spend and all the details. It will help you keep a track of everything in the long run.
Don’t skimp on important things
Excellent food and drink will make your Christmas party go with a swing. Here, at Anise Catering we can help you every step of the way. We cater to every budget and detail and one of our experienced, friendly staff members will be able to help you along the way.