It might still be early, but at Canvas and Stone HQ we’re already gearing up for enquiries about office Christmas parties. With over 1,500 events under our belt, we know a thing or two about making sure your event not only goes off without a hitch, but that your guests are enamoured by the organisation and attention to detail.
That’s not to say that event planning is easy, and arguably one of the hardest to plan is your office Christmas party. With so many different people to cater for, and the company down the road announcing a ski trip in the south of France, it’s never been more important to plan the perfect Christmas party your team won’t forget.
The most important part, the thing that will hold your Christmas party together, is the venue. From a relaxed soiree nestled in a cosy winter themed room, to a vast dancefloor equipped with a state of the art sound system to complete the party atmosphere; whatever the theme, find a venue to complement it. If you’re still not sure, we’ve put together our top 5 tips for finding the perfect venue.
As is the great British philosophy no one likes talking about money, but the fact is if you are planning an office Christmas party you’re not going to get anywhere without first deciding on, and then sticking to, a budget. Get an idea of how much you have to spend per person and make sure all your venues are within your guidelines. Where possible aim to come in under your budget to make allowances for forgotten last minute extras like taxis or local fizz!
In the same way that your budget should be agreed in advance, so should the attendees to your Christmas party. Get in early and make sure people are committed to a date to avoid any last minute drop outs and significant changes in number. Once this is agreed, you know how many people you need to cater for and can start looking for venues that fit your capacity. Be sure to leave room for movement either way, there will always be some new starters or some last minute drop outs.
Gone are the days of paper plates, tinsel and party hats in the staff room. Getting the theme right is crucial for setting the tone for your office Christmas party. From table decorations, to the food and music; each touch should feed into the wider theme. Think bespoke cocktails paired with canapes, black tie and the roaring 20s or even all white everything for a white Christmas. The world really is your oyster, and you can really get creative as you can to impress your guests. We’ve been speculating about some upcoming trends for 2016 to stoke the fires of inspiration, but for a Christmas theme, look no further than Dewsall Court’s Fur, Fire and Ice Christmas spectacular.
Tops Tips for planning your office Christmas Party
- Research, research and more research. The first thing you find is unlikely to be the best.
- The added details make all the difference. Whether it’s welcome drinks, Christmas favours or a photographer to capture the unforgettable moments, your guests will notice the extra mile.
- While the extras are undoubtedly great, don’t forget the logistics. Transport to and from the venue can often be overlooked, so get this planned early.