While it may seem a little bit too early to think about Christmas, and more specifically office Christmas parties, it is actually the perfect time if you want to bag yourself the best venue, entertainment and catering.
To make sure your office Christmas party goes down as a truly memorable experience, we’ve come up with some checkpoints to follow.
Set a budget
Setting a budget obviously makes good financial sense and allows you to accurately plan your office Christmas party. This will help you to determine how best that budget should be spent to give you the maximum amount of value and the best party possible.
Decide on a venue
Do you want your office Christmas party to be on-site or at another venue. If you have a large workforce spread across the country, decide where the best town or city will be for hosting your event. Try to aim for a central location for your employees, so the distance people need to travel can be cut down, although obviously if you have the majority of employees in one location then it makes sense for the venue to be nearby.
Ideally your host city should have good transport networks, or fairly near an airport if you have guests coming from overseas. Decide if you require car parking or hotel accommodation for guests.
Prepare an entertainment wish list
If you want something other than a standard meal out for employees, then now is a good time to plan exactly what you do want at your office Christmas party. What type of entertainment would best suit your employee mix? A DJ or up and coming band may suit a young core of staff, but a mix of entertainment would better suit different age groups.
Would you like ice-breakers or small team building activities included in the event? These work particularly well with large office Christmas parties where mixed tables mean that guests may never have met each other before and help everyone to get to know each other quickly in a fun way.
All the best venues—particularly the larger ones—tend to get booked up months in advance, so booking in June makes good sense. Take advantage of our free venue finding service.
It isn’t just venues that get booked up quickly for office Christmas parties; DJs, vocalists, bands and other types of entertainers will also be filling up their diaries pretty quickly around this time. If you want to get the best in the business you need to act fast.
The same goes for catering companies, if you want to host your office Christmas party in a marquee or venue that doesn’t provide on-site catering then you need to pin down your preferred choice now.