How To Have The Perfect Christmas Office Party
As soon as the darker nights draw in and the temperature drops, the excitement for Christmas starts to build. With shops adorning their stores in Christmas decorations, the invites to festive events start rolling in and the talk in the office becomes focused on where you will be having the office Christmas party this year. If you’ve been delegated the task of organising your Christmas office party read on for our ultimate guide to planning the perfect Christmas office party.
It can be a tricky one with when to start thinking about planning your Christmas office party, start planning too early and your team won’t show an interest but plan too late and you’re going to find all the best venues are fully booked. We recommend you start planning at the beginning of Autumn, as this is when the excitement of Christmas starts to set in. You will also want to choose which day of the week your party will land on, as much as everyone loves a work party they don’t love them enough to sacrifice a day of their weekend for it. Thursdays are always a popular choice as their is only one day of the working week left to get through, this will be welcomed by the majority of your team as they will most likely be nursing a hangover. The most important factor to consider is the budget. Clarify with your employer on what budget you have to spend on the night, once you have this you can decide whether you have enough for extras such as a free bar, overnight stays or a great DJ. For more tips on deciding when to plan your perfect Christmas office party click here.
Once you’ve figured out the logistics of dates and budgets it’s time to have fun with the planning of your Christmas office party. You want to make it a memorable occasion as it is often the one night of the year where all members of the business are together to have fun and unwind after a year of hard work. The venue is a key part of your party, making sure you don’t choose your office as your location is important. People won’t be able to switch off from work mode if they are still at work, and there will always be one employee who is still tapping away replying to emails. Venture out and book a private function room. Hotels are perfect for this as they provide a full package, making your party planner role a lot easier. Christmas party packages tend to offer festive decorations, food and drink options and the choice of live music, what more could you want? For more tips on what makes a perfect Christmas office party click here.
Now the planning is out the way and the talk in the office all turns to excitement about the office Christmas party, it’s a good time to put some survival tactics in place. We’ve all heard of at least one Christmas party horror story, where one employee has confessed their undying love for the boss, or a cat fight has broken out because someone has been overheard gossiping in the loos after one too many glasses of free fizz. It’s inevitable that there will be some gossip going around the office the next day about last nights events, just avoid them being about you with our tips for survival here.
Christmas office parties are usually the talk of the office months later because of all the hilarious memories and it’s one night where you get to see your colleagues let loose after a few glasses of their favourite poison. We’ve seen plenty of funny Christmas moments amongst colleagues when hosting parties here at Hallmark Hotels. Find out our funniest moments here.
If you’re ready to go ahead and start planning your Christmas office party take a look at our Christmas brochure for all your planning needs here.