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What makes a good office Christmas party?

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The office Christmas party is often the one time all members of a business get together and relax, so it’s important that’s a memorable occasion, but what are the elements that go into making the office Christmas party great?

The venue

3863621239_5b5a5063bf_bOffice parties are often held at the workplace, but it is better to choose a venue such as a hotel to make the party feel special. Employees will certainly appreciate the change of environment at a Hallmark Hotel. The venue owners often supply the Christmas decorations to create a festive atmosphere.  

The entertainment and music

pioneer-698515_640A crucial feature for any party, entertainment can range from tribute bands and comedians to party games. A great DJ can choose the best music to get everyone up dancing.  

The food and drink

Hallmark Hotel Carlisle - Function Rooms - Boardroom Private DiningFood and drink are always important elements of a party. A traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings is often the chosen menu. Different countries have their own Christmas eating traditions, and their dishes can make a refreshing change from a strictly British Christmas menu. For that special drink, there are many Christmas themes cocktails both with and without alcohol, such as:
  • Christmas Cookie – a blend of Kahlua and Bailey’s with peppermint schnapps
  • The Red Rudolph – featuring Christmas spices of cinnamon, orange and cranberry.
  • Mulled wine – the traditional Christmas red wine, served hot with spices.
 

The theme

6522813049_e4afa07b9e_bOK, the overall topic is Christmas, but that doesn’t mean other elements can’t be introduced. A Winter Wonderland theme can features snow scenes, ice sculptures, life-sized polar bears, reindeers and artificial snow. A chocolate theme turns the venue into a Christmas chocolate factory, or you could consider Christmas-themed films and literature such as the Chronicles of Narnia or The Nightmare Before Christmas. The best office party is the one you enjoy so much, you don’t want it to end! So start to look now for the perfect venue. The parties at Hallmark Hotels are always to remember.

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