- Start Early: Start as early as possible as there will be waiting time on responses from guests plus the earlier the start the more chance of securing the preferred venue and entertainment.
- Set the Date: At the Christmas party, you’ll want as many employees to show up as possible. Again, start early and spread the word. Send out a mass email with some suggested dates and pick the date that fits with the majority. Make sure it’s a date that fits with the boss.
- The Budget: Find out what kind of budget it is and this will set out everything from the kind of venue to what you can serve. Ask the boss for a quote and stick to it. If it’s a more formal get together at a fancy venue then it’s not out of the question to get the employees to chip in, within reason of course. Just make sure it’s something everyone can afford.
- Find a Venue:Again, the earlier find the venue, the better. Every corporate office will be planning similar Christmas party all at the same time, so begin early to secure a preferred destination.
Budget will pretty much decide what kind of venue to get, whether it’s a fancy restaurant, hall or even in the office.
- The Menu: This part is relatively easy the venue is a restaurant, if not hire a caterer to plan the menu and know everyone’s dietary needs, ensuring everyone has something to eat.
For a more formal sit down meal rather than a buffet or cocktail style event, it’s a good idea to have some kind of seating arrangement. Mix it up and get people to mingle with others as well as making them feel comfortable with members of their own team.
- Alcohol:Some company Christmas parties go entirely without alcohol these days, ensuring a happy and safe environment, however if serving alcohol, plan in advance what will be served and how it will be paid for.
Budget will decide if it’s a free bar or cash only bar. It’s a great idea and a nice touch to offer taxi vouchers to those drinking to ensure everyone stays safe.