Planning the Perfect Christmas Office Party

By keith hodges -

With the end of the year quickly approaching, don’t leave it too late to plan the perfect Christmas party for your office. After all, the team have worked hard throughout the year and deserve something special.

We know it might be stressful to be responsible for everyone’s fun this festive season but this task doesn’t have to be daunting and gruelling. With our suggestions you can relax while you plan and let your hair down with the rest of them.
 

The Venue

First and foremost, to plan the perfect Christmas office party, the venue needs to be spot on, and to avoid disappointment we recommend picking your Christmas office party location early. There’s nothing worse than finding an amazing venue and realizing it’s fully booked for the festive season..

At Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events we can recommend multiple great venues. Whether you want to spend the evening in a magical, fairy-lit setting, with the Brighton cityscape as a backdrop at the AMEX Brighton Stadium, in Scotland’s National Stadium or at St James’ Stadium, home Newcastle United Football Club, we can guarantee you’ll have a very merry time.

NB: The festive season is a busy time for everyone, so don’t forget to send a calendar invite out early too!
 

The Food and Drinks

Whether the vision for your office Christmas party is something simple or something elaborate, picking your menu for the night is a crucial part of the planning. Will you be having a sit-down dinner, a buffet or a canape reception?

For some, drinks might be the most important aspect of the Christmas party! Who doesn’t love a free drink or two, eh? Make sure you think about what drinks are appropriate for an arrival reception; perhaps a classic glass of fizz or a cocktail in your company’s colours? Whatever you do, make sure there are enough beverages to last until the planned end time. Nothing kills a party faster than running out of alcohol. Though, don't forget to think about your directory requirements and non-drinkers in the office too!
 

The Entertainment

If you have the budget for it, we recommend hiring entertainment, or even a DJ to set the mood. It will keep the party going and act as the perfect ice-breaker. Or, a great alternative would be creating a Spotify Christmas playlist – you could ask for your colleagues’ input, this way everyone gets a say.

Another way to treat your employees is to allow some flexibility –grant your staff permission to arrive a bit later the day after of the Christmas party.
 

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If you want an office Christmas party, but you don’t want to have to deal with all of the components that go into organising it, we are here to help. Get in touch with the Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events team on 08456 055699 for more details. It’s bound to be a December to remember!

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