Christmas Party Planning, the ultimate top tips to remember when planning your Company Christmas party this year. Remember if there is serious event planning to be done is that it is never too early to start thinking about Christmas.
Pick A Date
Christmas is a busy period and diaries fill up fast. That means you want to get a date penciled in as early as possible.
Send potential options around the office to get a feel for the preferred date. The responses will also give you an indication of numbers for the event. Remember, you can’t please everybody so it is usually best to go with ‘majority rules’ when choosing your date. Typically, Thursdays and Fridays are most popular.
Know your budget
Your budget will have a massive impact on every aspect on your Christmas party, from the venue, to the entertainment, to the food and drinks. You need to have a clear idea of how much you have to spend early on so that you don’t start planning anything unrealistic. We also recommend that you leave some of your budget as a back-up for unexpected costs.
What type of party are you planning?
There’s an endless amount of choice when it comes to what type of Christmas party to hold, and this is something that will be decided by a range of factors, from your budget to the size of your company. Are you be organising a completely bespoke event, or will you be purchasing a pre-packaged Christmas party? For Christmas Party Inspiration check out Corporate Events & Parties Gallery
Location Location…. Decide your top venues
With venues, timing is everything. Good venues get booked up quickly so time is of the essence. When searching for your venue there are a couple of things to bear in mind:
- Events teams. Most good venues will have their own in-house events team. Make the most of them; they’ll know the space inside and out and will have seen loads of events.
- Organise a site visit to work out the best theme option for the space you want to use.
- Find out what the venue has available and ask them to help you to create a list of everything you need to hire – For all your event hire requirements click here >>>> Event Hire
- Check that the venue will be willing to clear up after you, otherwise you’ll have to allocate some budget for hiring some extra help.
If you are planning on holding a themed event, then you need to make sure you research your theme thoroughly. Popular ideas include: traditional Christmas, film inspired, vintage/retro (50s 60s 70s etc), circus, ballroom and winter wonderland to name but a few.
Once you’ve chosen a theme, consider every element of the venue that will need to be themed like the entrance points, the bar, table centres and any unique features in the venue. You should also consider every stage of the event such as: arrival, reception drinks, dinner, after-dinner dancing and drinking. You also need to account for any other element that can be themed like dress codes for guests and staff, choice of music food and drink menus and any outdoor areas.
Food & Drink
What are you’re going to serve guests to eat and drink is the central part of any party, and needs to be carefully co-ordinated. If you have a theme, don’t feel like you have to stick to Christmas food either, explore all your options available to you.
Consider, how do you want the food to be served? Do you want a formal, sit-down meal, or do you want a buffet-style event? Make sure you consult with the chefs to choose a style of food that incorporates your theme and don’t forget to check that all dietary requirements will be provided for on the evening.
When it comes to drinks, are you going to prepay a set amount for your guests or are you just going to pay for everything that gets consumed on the night? maybe consider having drinks vouchers for guests to spend as they want.
Decide you Entertainment
A live band can really add something special to the ambience at a Christmas party, creating an exciting party atmosphere that will bring everyone together. A lot of bands also include a DJ option, so that you can turn things up a notch and dance the night away into the small hours.
You don’t just have to have a live band as entertainment however, you could also consider alternative options like: comedians, magicians, jugglers, stunt shows or after-dinner speakers. Party games and exercises are also great ideas and popular options include: wine tasting, cocktail making, casino tables, murder mystery and if you want to send things off with a bang, fireworks.
If you want the party to act as a thank you to Staff, then you should factor in some time for speeches. Ask the Managing Director or a Senior Partner to prepare a short speech and co-ordinate with the band/DJ to use one of their microphones, otherwise you may have to hire one.
Don’t forget to include Christmas tunes on your song list – Ultimate Christmas Song List what’s a party without them 🙂
Manage the event
With all this pre-planning, you too can enjoy the night, but remember to stay on the ball during the party, as unexpected problems can crop up. Keep a copy of the itinerary on you at all times, introduce yourself to all your suppliers in advance, so that they know who you are and who to come to if they have questions or problems.
At National Event Hire, we have decades of experience in supplying quality furniture, crockery, cutlery, kitchen equipment and linen to office and company parties of all shapes and sizes, If you require help with planning your Christmas Party call us free phone on 1800 759 759 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org