‘Tis the season for mulled wine, mince pies and of course, the infamous office Christmas party.
If you find yourself in charge of organising the pinnacle of any corporate social calendar, no doubt you want to make sure it’s Christmas cheer and conga lines.
And of course you’ll want to avoid Christmas party hell: skulking round the office with a plastic cup of flat bucks fizz, nervously avoiding eye contact with your boss/ that weird guy from HR/ the drunk girl in the corner who’s singing The Pogues.
Here’s is a handy guide to ensure your office Christmas party goes with a bang.
1. Get planning – Its not to late!
Call the best venues they may have a cancellation. Don’t be left with only your dodgy local pub as an option.
2. Get out of the office
No one wants to spend their Christmas party in the cramped office break room, with a sad radio pumping out Christmas tunes.
Find a venue which is easy to get to, and make sure there’s the option for taxis home at the end of the night. If you do have to stay in-house, choose a room away from your normal work area and make it festive – a little bit of effort goes a long way.
3. Send an invite
Make it feel like a special event that people can look forward to. Make your invite fun and eye-catching to really get people in the festive mood.
Tip: If left the run late – Print and hand deliver don’t forget to back up with email updates, but not to many – we are all busy trying to get through the end of the year slog.
4. To Christmas party theme or not
No party is complete without a theme to tie it all together. Here’s your chance to get creative.
Perhaps it’s Christmas past, or novelty hats. Or you could even plan an activity to really get everyone involved: a experience dinner or wine tasting, perhaps.
Tip: Know your crowd!
5. Include a competition
Whether it’s ‘best Christmas jumper’ or ‘best achievement of the year’, everyone loves a competition and it’s a fantastic ice-breaker.
You could even take it a step further and include the competition as part of your theme. Stage a full-blown quiz complete with novelty prizes and really get people excited.
TIP: Know your crowd, this could fall over?
6. Plan a great menu
Whatever you do, remember to include enough food for the day and night. Drinks will be flowing, and no-one wants to find themselves stumbling in the gutter at the end of the night.
Find out your budget and look for a menu which has something for everyone. For larger groups a buffet can be ideal, and it means people can eat whenever they’re ready.
7. Treat everyone like guests to your own party
Great them at the door and make sure they know where to put their coat and get a drink. This is a great way to put people at ease, especially if you’ve chosen an unusual venue.
8. Make a seating plan
With large groups of people this is the best way to ensure everyone is happy, and you could even mix up teams and help people socialise more. Another option is to get all the men to move seat before pudding. As well as the traditional cracker jokes, you could leave a fun ice-breaker question next to each placemat to help things along and get conversation flowing.
9. Don’t forget the entertainment
Music is all important, and whilst you want a few of the Christmas classics, make sure you have some tunes to cater for every taste and get people up and dancing. Perhaps there’s a secret DJ in the company, or you could even introduce a karaoke machine.
10. Take lots of photos
Fun to include in an article for the staff newsletter and great for a giggle when sober January kicks in. You could even make a short video for real cringe-factor, just try and stay away from the photocopier…
So there you have it. Follow these tips and you’re all set for a fantastic office ‘do.
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