If you have been put in charge of organising your work’s Christmas party, you may very well be feeling overwhelmed, stressed and not exactly sure where to start.
There are so many different people to please; how can you possibly throw a bash that everyone will enjoy? Should you go with an obvious, yet unoriginal, venue that will appeal to the masses? Or, should you think outside the box and punt for a more unique, but possibly risky, location?
Do you need a theme? What type of entertainment is best? Are unlimited free drinks really a good idea? The questions are endless; it’s no wonder you are feeling the pressure.
However, don’t give up just yet.
There are actually only three main elements that you need to consider when organising a corporate Christmas party, and once you have those sorted, the rest will simply fall into place.
So, keep reading and get planning asap.
Pre-Dinner Drinks & Entertainment
Most office Christmas parties start with a few drinks to get everyone relaxed and slowly into the festive mood before the main event.
Some people choose to have this part of the evening in a fairly informal location such as at your company’s local pub or bar; while you wait for everyone to finish work or finish getting ready. This can be a good idea, but it is important to try and add some extra little details to make the evening seem more special and festive such as Christmas party games or exchanging secret Santa gifts.
Alternatively, you can choose a location for your corporate Christmas party where you can hold both the main event and the pre-dinner entertainment. This is a particularly good idea for large groups as you are less likely to lose people along the way.
Entertainment ideas for the pre-dinner reception include;
- Celebrity meet and greets
- Cocktail making classes
- Artists such as magicians or caricaturists
Whatever you choose, make sure that you get everyone involved.
You must remember that the food is vital; even if the place is buzzing and is a well-known celebrity hang out, if the dinner is not up to scratch, your colleagues will not be happy. Consider choosing a restaurant that provides an exotic and less mainstream cuisine which will guarantee to wow your whole office.
If you have managed to win over your colleagues with your chosen location and festive food offerings, then the hard part is over. Everyone is now well fed and ready to dance the night away.
Whether you have chosen a band, DJ or a karaoke bar, as long as the drinks are flowing and the music is loud, in all likelihood your guests will be happy.
However, if you want to have some further organised entertainment planned to keep your colleagues amused, you could consider;
- A pop up casino
- Side fairground stalls such as a darts challenge or coconut shy.
- An unofficial awards ceremony – ‘The Office Gossip’, ‘The Messiest Person in the Office’ etc. Keep this light and fun to avoid upsetting ‘merry’ colleagues.
100 Hoxton offers a unique and exciting venue for your Christmas work party; get in touch here and start planning the best Christmas bash in London ever.