Year on year, the most organised individuals within the business are set the task of throwing the ultimate employee Christmas party with the brief of making it bigger and better than the previous year’s celebration. Planning a party filled with fun, festivities and surprises can often be tricky, how can you know where to start? Where should you look for inspiration? And most importantly, what will the team thoroughly enjoy?
Tips For Throwing The Best Employee Christmas Party
When looking for inspiration and ideas during the initial brainstorming process, it is a fantastic idea to spend some time chatting to several different departments within the business to grasp what they would love to see at this year’s celebration. Aim to find out their opinion on previous Christmas parties, what they liked and what they didn’t enjoy as much, along with theme and venue ideas. Your best source of information is the individuals who will be attending the party, so be sure to use this to your advantage.
Working in the entertainment industry means that we have attended our fair share of corporate Christmas parties. During each inflatable photobooth package booking, we also come along to help out and supervise our booths meaning we get to enjoy celebrations on a weekly basis. So, we’ve devised a list of our top tips for throwing a Christmas party that is guaranteed to go down in history!
Dates and Times
Before you can start any form of planning, you must first collectively decide on a date and time that is suitable for everyone. Ideally, although it may be tricky, the date and time of the party should fit well into all employees schedule. Many companies opt for setting a date not too close to Christmas, whether this may be early December or mid-January as people are often sceptical about attended a celebration near to the 25th. Not only does the thought of spending additional money on a party in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day play a large part in why people are less likely to attend, but also the idea that the festive period is about spending time with family, so people are often very busy during these few weeks.
Once you have decided on a date and time, send out invitations or make your team aware of the plans in advance. It means they have plenty of time to prepare and work around this date, things such as childcare can be arranged ahead of time.
Christmas is all about letting your hair down and rewarding yourself for a year of hard work, so whats better than incorporating a fun, unique theme to your festive celebrations. When picking a theme, you’ll have to take into consideration how brave and extravagant your team are willing to go, then decide on if you’ll go for a wacky theme or play it simple.
The more specific the theme, the better as guests will find it easier to track down the perfect fancy dress costume. A vague theme is often seen as too much hard work, and people will give up looking. Some popular, traditional Christmas party themes include:
- Masquerade Ball
- Las Vegas Casino Night
- Winter Wonderland
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Timeless Christmas Movies
Once you’ve decided on a theme, you can start to make preparations on how your decor will be altered to continue to flow. It is your choice whether you opt for enlisting the help of professional Christmas decorators, pick a venue that is already suited to your theme or put your creative skills to work and create your own DIY decor.
Whether you decide to keep your Christmas party within your existing premises or hire a venue is your choice and very much depends on your budget. If you have a large budget to spend, venturing outside of your day to day workplace will give guests a change of scenery and something different to look forward to.
Booking a venue should always be done as many weeks or months in advance as possible due to high demand to ensure you receive your desired date and time. During busy periods, not only will venues up their prices to meet the demand, but there will also be limited availability.
Larger cities will have considerably more venue options to choose from, so you may be able to afford to leave booking a little later. If you are based in London, then why not take a look at our previous article on the best Christmas party venues in London.
Although a traditional Christmas dinner is a much-loved favourite by all, this is the year of putting a unique twist on catering and thinking outside of the box. It is more than likely that at some point in December, each of your guests will get the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner, so it will be no great shame if this isn’t during your corporate celebrations.
Again, the budget will play a large part in the extent of the catering you provide. For a smaller budget, tasty appetisers would be perfect; they could even be made by few of your employees who are keen chefs. For 50 delicious appetiser ideas including crunchy taco cups, loaded mash potato bites and antipasto skewers, take a look at this Bread Booze Bacon article!
Alternatively, your Christmas party could be based on food and take place at a high-end restaurant where your guests can introduce themselves to several different dishes. Why not go for traditional overseas cuisines such as Thai, Caribean or Indian. Kakori is an Indian restaurant in Milton Keynes which caters for large Christmas party groups.
Entertainment and Activities
Arranging entertainment and activities is one of the best parts of organising a Christmas party, there is simply so much to chose from, you can be as imaginative or unique as you please. It gives guests an excellent opportunity to socialise and get to know each other outside of work.
If you have a large group of guests who will be participating in a three-course sit-down meal, which is one of the most common types of festive celebrations, why not break the ice through a little competitiveness. Plan a ‘pub quiz’ type activity, which can be based on various topics, of course, including Christmas. We can guarantee that this will go down a storm and leave your guests screaming and shouting their answers. For a whole host of different Christmas quiz questions, head over to Paul’s Quiz!
For entertainment, you cannot go wrong with inflatable photo booth hire! Photo booths open your guests up to a world of imagination, and we have five wonderful themed booths explicitly based on Christmas, creating a magical setting for taking fun snaps. Our Christmas photo booth themes include Winter Wonderland, Santa’s Grotta, the North Pole and many more, all of which are equipped with life-size festive props and characters. Your business branding, logo or colours can all be incorporated into your photo booth and printouts to give your guests an evening to remember!
Throw The Ultimate Christmas Party!
With lots of planning, the ability to think outside the box and some help from your most creative members of the team, we can guarantee that you will throw a fantastic employee Christmas party! We hope our article has given you heaps of inspiration, if so, then why not share on social media?