Planning your office Christmas party?
It’s that time of the year when our to-do list grows longer and longer. Besides our usual tasks and errands, we now also need to start thinking about presents that need to be bought, turkeys to be ordered, and celebrations to plan. For some, the Christmas staff party for the office is just another task to be checked off of the list. This year, however, why not take your party-planning to the next level?
Organising a memorable staff party doesn’t need to be daunting. If you start planning and working with a reliable team, then the process will be as easy as can be. Here are our tips for planning an office Christmas party:
1. Start planning early
As already mentioned, you can never be too early when it comes to planning. The more time you give yourself, the less last-minute worries you’ll face at a later stage. As summer comes to a close, many venues will announce their Christmas party offers. So, the earlier you start planning, the easier it will be to pick your ideal date and venue for the party!
2. Choose your date
Deciding the right date for your Christmas party will depend on the industry that you work in. While some businesses may want to throw their staff party bang in the middle of the festive season, others may prefer to wait until the beginning of the New Year. It’s best to check with your boss to find out what dates would be best. Then, make sure that you send out an RSVP to your colleagues and plenty of reminders as the date draws closer.
3. Allocate a Budget
This is perhaps the most difficult part of the process. But, as soon as you set your budget, then the fun can begin! It’s important to take this step seriously, however, so that you can ensure that you will get the best value for your money. It doesn’t particularly matter whether your budget is high or low, as there will be different options to choose from either way.
At this stage, you should consider the following questions:
– How many guests will be invited?
– Do you prefer to have a seated dinner or a standing reception?
– What sort of entertainment are you after?
4. Choosing a Location
Since your Christmas party is a way of saying ‘Thank you’ to your staff, it’s always a good idea to take them out somewhere nice and show your appreciation. Keep in mind the size, location and facilities when choosing a venue. The town of Qawra, for example, is an ideal place to host your Christmas party. There are several hotels, restaurants and bars in the area to choose from, and getting there is easy. Your guests won’t need to worry about excessive traffic or parking issues, either.
5. Selecting a Venue
For smaller staff parties, a seated dinner in a restaurant is a good option. For larger groups, you could consider a buffet menu for your staff party. For 60 persons or more, you could also consider organising a reception in an events hall, such as the Luzzu Hall or Poseidon Hall, and choosing from a reception menu. Alternatively, you could opt for an open-bar event at a bar such as the lively Cheeky Monkey Gastropub, which is a great place to let loose and have fun!
6. Keep them entertained
While good food and drinks are usually enough to keep your guests happy, you could also consider hiring a live DJ or musician instead of using a Spotify playlist. Hiring a photographer or a photo booth is also a good idea, to give guests something else to enjoy. And party games? Well, we never really get tired of those, do we? Why not speak to your colleagues and get advice and suggestions from previous office parties? That will definitely help you along the way!
(BONUS: Choose a theme for your party to stir up the excitement among the office. Costumes and decorations will make the process even more fun!)
7. Have fun – the hard work is done!
When the day arrives, remember to enjoy the occasion as much as you want your guests to! You didn’t put in all that hard work for nothing, after all.
Looking for the ideal venue for your staff party? AX Seashells Resort at Suncrest has the perfect setting and menus for any kind of staff party! Get in touch to start planning!