Planning an office Christmas party can be a daunting concept, with a lot of responsibility falling on your shoulders if you’re the unlucky one chosen to organise it.
It can be especially difficult if you’ve got no previous experience of event planning, as there’s a lot to take into consideration, with perhaps the most important thing being choosing a venue.
To ensure that everything runs smoothly and that even the Scrooge of the office is up there singing along to Fairytale of New York, here are some top tips for choosing your Christmas party venue.
There’s nothing worse than being the person who starts pestering everyone about the Christmas party before the clocks have even gone back, but unfortunately people are planning Christmas earlier and earlier, which means that the good venues get booked up a lot sooner than you might think.
Even though people might not want to think about Christmas so early, try to get a good idea for what kind of numbers you’re expecting as soon as possible. Not only will you have a much wider range of venues available to you, you’ll also get a better deal the earlier you book.
In fact, suggests you should even look at booking your venue as early as summer.
Location is Key
While getting a beautiful venue which can fit all of your guests is important, the location should probably be the most important thing.
It’s easy to get caught up in things and think you’ve found the perfect venue, only to realise nobody can actually get there.
If your venue is going to be a fair way from where everybody lives, then make sure that taxis or public transport are easily accessible. You don’t want to be having to shell out company money to ferry everyone to and from the venue if you can avoid it.
Keep Your Options Open
It’s always a good idea to identify a few different options, in case something goes wrong or your preferred choice gets fully booked up.
Once you’ve drawn up a shortlist, try to visit as many of them as you can. Nothing beats seeing a venue in person and there can often be issues which only present themselves in person.
It’s also a good chance to get to know the events team at the venue who will be invaluable in helping you reach a decision (and you might even be able to snag a better deal!)
Check the Food Options
Different venues will all have their own food menus (some may not even offer food at all), so make sure that they’re going to be able to cater to your needs before making a choice.
If you’re on a tighter budget, you might just want snacks and nibbles, but if you’re after a proper hearty Christmas dinner, you’ll want to head to a fully catered venue or a restaurant.
According to , an Italian restaurant in Canary Wharf, many office parties are overlooking the traditional Christmas dinner in favour of varied menus such as Italian, Sushi or Chinese, seeing as most people will be having a traditional dinner with their families on Christmas Day anyway.