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How to Plan the Ultimate Work Christmas Party

A work Christmas party usually consists of little more than a boozy evening with colleagues, but why not treat your employees and co-workers to a more unique and memorable celebration?

With the festive season right around the corner and another calendar year coming to a close, there’s no time like the present to plan the company work Christmas party. Many businesses opt for a casual gathering or night out on the town (often due to lack of budget or last-minute planning). However, you’ll find that going the extra mile — even for something as simple as the work Christmas party — will show your appreciation and increase morale

In this post, we highlight a few ways to ensure your work Christmas party is enjoyable, unforgettable and makes every employee feel recognised and appreciated for their hard work. 

Start Planning Early

The key to organising a fantastic party — or any event, for that matter — is efficient planning several weeks beforehand. Doing so will make sure you have plenty of time to book a venue (if you need one), food and drink services or anything else you require to make sure the party is one to remember. You don’t need us to tell you that the festive season is a little bit busy, so to avoid disappointment you’ll need to finalise a plan ahead of time.

Decide on a Budget

Before you can book anything or buy any party supplies, you’ll need to know what you’re working with in regards to the budget. This may seem like the most obvious thing to mention, but it’s essential to establish exactly how much money you have available before you get too excited or make promises you later find you cannot keep.

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Find a Venue

Although many companies will have their work Christmas party at the office, this can dampen the mood of your employees as it’s the place they associate with their job. Instead, you’ll find alternative venues are not only more fitting for a “party” atmosphere, but they also offer more suitable space for party activities and antics. You may want to consider a local restaurant — but ensure the venue has ample room for socialising or a dance floor. 

If you have the budget, a fantastic treat for your employees is a weekend away in another city. Something like an Airbnb will prove to be a good choice for this type of work Christmas party, as it’s more homely than a hotel and you have more freedom to host your celebration. 

If you’re looking to make it an extra special evening, Cocktails and Bar Events can provide an unrivalled private bar hire service. Bespoke cocktails and an open bar will provide everything you need to keep the drinks flowing and everyone in high spirits. 

Is There Going to Be a Theme?

Another decision is whether or not the party is going to have a particular theme. For example, “80s and 90s” is always a brilliant choice as it requires little in the way of decoration, but the fancy dress choices and soundtrack of the evening will make it a hilarious and memorable party. Another classic is a Gatsby-style work Christmas party. This theme allows employees to put on some fancy clothes and injects a sense of class into the evening. 

These types of occasions are the perfect examples of the kind of events that will benefit from our bespoke bar hire and bartending services. Not only will you have an open bar at your disposal, but having a professional bartender on-hand means your employees can enjoy their evening without having to take time out to prepare their own drinks. Plus, what better way to celebrate Christmas than by sipping on a delicious cocktail?

Food and Drink

No party would be complete, or enjoyable without a decent selection of food to tuck into and enough booze to ensure everyone has themselves a merry little Christmas work party. No matter how fancy your venue is or how extravagant your choice of entertainment, skimping on food and drink is a sure-fire way to remove yourself from your everyone’s Christmas card list. 

The food you choose will depend on the nature of the party and how many people are going. However, the most important thing to remember is it’s better to buy too much rather than too little. It’s also vital to be aware of and accommodate dietary requirements. When it comes to drinks, look no further than Cocktails and Bar Events. Our private bar hire and bartending services inject a sense of class into the evening and we make sure no one’s glass is empty and a range of cocktails are on the menu.

Incorporate Some Activities

Every group of employees is different; some will favour a simple affair that consists of socialising and an abundance of drinking, whereas others prefer a party that includes games and other types of activities. If you and your team happen to be the latter, there are many different options to consider. Good examples include office Olympics, a murder mystery or Christmas-themed quizzes. If you’re struggling for ideas here’s a good list to draw inspiration from.

If you’re looking for the ideal activity to incorporate into an evening of drinking and other party antics, why not sign your team up for our cocktail making class? For work parties, this can prove to be a hugely popular activity as it’s an enjoyable way of learning a new skill you can make good use of at-home — and introduces a competitive element into the evening. The latter is especially useful for making the party as engaging and immersive as possible, which is often what work Christmas parties lack. 

Are you planning this year’s work Christmas party and want to make sure it’s one to remember? Cocktails and Bar Events offer corporate bar hire and bartending services for a vast range of occasions and can tailor a package to suit your needs. Get in touch today to speak to one of our professional account handlers.

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