Organising the work Christmas party can be stressful and a lot is riding on the office Christmas party but offering to organise the office Christmas party can single you out as a team player and fast track you to promotion. It’s a challenge as you may have to cater to a lot of different age groups who may have different interests but also keep the staff party fun, interesting and engaging. Here are five ideas to make your party an event to remember for all the right reasons.
A no-fail venue for the Christmas lunch or Christmas office party is at a restaurant which will cater to your every need. Make sure that the restaurant caters for vegetarians, vegans or anyone at your workplace who will require special food requirements. Restaurants are ideal for intimate lunches with clients or a small office party.
Cruises are a fun venue for an office Christmas party. You may need to give people directions on where they need to board the boat as this is sometimes a bit tricky, give them an adequate time to get changed and make their way to the dock. You may need to even provide transport or detailed maps or instructions to ensure everyone gets there on time and doesn’t miss the boat.
Comedy clubs can help break the ice amongst your colleagues and help with the Christmas cheer. As well as a show, colleagues can enjoy a sit down dinner and refreshments. Most venues can provide an all-in-one night of festive food, drink, comedy and a disco under one roof.
Depending on the age and tastes of the people who work at your company, they may prefer to do an activity like paintballing, go-kart racing or going to a theme park for their Christmas party. This may backfire if you have conservative or older colleagues at your office who may prefer a sit down lunch or dinner so make sure you take everyone’s opinions into consideration.
Some companies prefer a fancy dress night and themed nights such as casino nights are also popular. It might be a good idea to research locally based costume hire places and include these websites on the invitation to make it easier for your staff to get into the spirit of things.
Make sure you specify in your invitation the expected dress code, the time of the party, the address of the venue, a map or directions and any special instructions your colleagues may require. Make it essential for colleagues to RSVP to Christmas party invitations so you know exactly how many numbers you need to cater for to make the party a success and make sure no one is left out.