Is summer really over?
If you’re like me, you probably haven’t quite come to terms with the end of summer yet, let alone started to think about Christmas! But like it or not, there are less than 3 months until the big day!
Planning a Christmas Party can be a daunting task. It’s the time of year when people want to let their hair down and it’s the perfect opportunity for companies to show their gratitude towards their staff. It’s never easy to please everyone, but here are some tips to help you plan a successful Christmas Party.
- Don’t scrimp on the budget
Of course you will have a limited budget to spend, but just be careful with trying to do it on the cheap. This will only send a message to your staff that they’re not worth it! The Christmas Party is often the only company social event for the year and so push the boat out a little and you may find your staff are willing to give a little more in return.
- Don’t rule out a marquee
Our top tip when it comes to Christmas party venues is to consider a marquee. In the winter time, marquees can be a great option. They can be heated providing a really cosy environment. They provide a blank canvas for you to decorate as you wish. And you can get some great deals for marquee hire in the colder months.
- Food glorious food!
Food is such a big part of Christmas. It’s a time for indulgence. Perfect Day Caterers have a brand new Christmas menu for 2016 with options for 3, 4, or 5 courses if you opt for a formal sit-down meal. We’ve also created some pretty awesome Christmas cocktails and canapes to make your party extra special! Get in touch to find out more.
For a bit of added fun, why not choose a theme for your party. We’ve seen some fantastic themed parties over the years, such as a masquerade ball, winter wonderland, Charlie and the chocolate factory, murder mystery, black tie, 60s, 70s, 80s… I could go on!
Your budget will determine how extravagant you can go with entertainment. If you want to splash out, you could hire a band, or put on other entertainment such as casino tables, dancers, a magician or a comedian.
- The finer details
Remember some of the finer details, such as how people will get to and from the party. Do you need to provide transport? If you’re going for a theme, who will be able to help set-up and decorate? Do you need to hire any props? Will you need to get menu choices from people prior to the event? Do any of your staff have any food allergies or special dietary requirements? Will you be providing drinks for your staff or will they need to bring their own cash? And finally, don’t forget to send out invites (or at least a save the date email) to your staff as soon as possible.