Corporate Christmas parties are what every employee looks forward to at the end of the work year. They’ve put in the hours to make the business a success this year, and the Christmas party is a way of saying “thank you” for all the hard work. It’s the perfect time to kick back, relax, and enjoy the celebrations all provided by the corporation. It’s a great morale-booster, one that will end the year on a positive note and encourage employees to come back to work next year happier and more productive than ever!
Planning a corporate Christmas party can be a lot more challenging than you’d think! A lot goes into making sure the party is properly organised, and there are a lot of pieces that have to fall into place, in the right order to pull corporate Christmas parties off without a hitch. We’ve come up with a few tips to help you with planning your corporate party, tips that will ensure you get everything just right to give your employees the time of their lives!
There are two elements that go into choosing “the right” date and time for your party:
If you want to find out what people are looking forward to in their Christmas party, why not simply ask them? Draft up a questionnaire with a few simple questions like:
People can give you their feedback on their likes and dislikes of the previous year’s party and their responses will help you to plan a party filled with the elements that people liked.
Be warned: you will never be able to take everyone’s suggestions into account. It’s very likely that there will be conflicting answers (some people loved the food/DJ/music/venue/games, while others hated it). Try to determine the greatest common denominators in all the feedback, and include the elements most people found enjoyable.
[su_quote]Suggestion: Send the questions to a few key people (no more than 20 or 30). Get answers from the various department heads, along with a few random employees. This wide cross-section will make it easier to gauge the overall mood without having to wade through hundreds of responses.[/su_quote]
Technically, the theme for a Christmas party is usually “Christmas”, which means everyone comes dressed in their Christmas best and enjoys a party with hot chocolate, cookies, sweet treats, presents, Christmas carols, and so on.
But if that’s how you always do it, why not break the mould and try a fun, creative theme such as:
Most corporations will set aside a certain amount of money every year for corporate Christmas parties, knowing how important they are to the employees. However, it’s your job to make that money stretch as far as possible.
After a year spent in your offices and conference rooms, it’s going to be tough for your employees to get into the “party spirit” if they don’t get out of their usual environment. This means you’ll definitely want to look into venues OUTSIDE your corporate building or offices.
What type of venue should you look for? That is entirely up to you and your preferences for the party. However, here are a few types of venues to consider:
Go for a venue that is fresh and different to make this Christmas party one to remember!
As much as you want to believe your employees are at the party for the sake of company morale, really they’re there just to kick back and relax. You can be certain that a good number of them are there because they’re looking forward to eating and drinking on the company dime.
So give them what they want! Choose a caterer that provides delicious, high quality food. Don’t try to wow your employees with too-fancy dishes, but give them the kind of fare they enjoy. Make it a party for THEM, so give them the food and drink they are looking forward to–and plenty of it!
You are going to have to have someone in charge of not just coordinating and setting up the event, but also running things during the party itself. The party committee may want to give one person the job of keeping things running smoothly, or you can hire a day-of coordinator to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch.
You may not think this is necessary, but it absolutely is! There are so many things that can go wrong (with equipment, food, drink, entertainment, serving staff, the guests, facilities, etc.), so you need someone on hand who can handle any trouble as it arises.
People begin to make their Christmas andholiday plans once they know when the last day of work is. Some plan to leave town the minute they get off work, while others leave a day or two later.
If you want everyone to attend the work Christmas party, you need to get the invitations out as soon as possible–before they make their holiday plans. Start planning the event earlier in the year (September or October).Send out invitations no later than mid-November. This will ensure the Christmas party is a factor in all your employees’ plans.
Most party planners immediately think to hire DJs or a band, but if your employees aren’t keen on dancing, why not consider hiring an acting troupe, a stand-up comedian, a comedic magician, or some other unique form of entertainment? Try thinking outside the box to make this Christmas party fun and fresh!
JD Parties can offer you the perfect Christmas party solution, with no minimum party size and the option to exclusively hire the party venues in Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester – it’s a party that suits everyone and one that no one will ever forget.
JD Parties is proud to offer you a complete event service–providing everything from a unique venue to quality catering to top-rated entertainment. Not only do we provide party-planning services, but also as part of the Concerto Group, we can offer you access to some of the best party venues in the UK. We’re more than happy to help you plan a party that your employees will be talking about for years to come.
What did you think of these tips? Did they help you to plan an epic corporate Christmas party? Leave a comment below and share your experiences organizing an awesome Christmas party for your company or corporation…
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