“You don’t mind planning the office Christmas party this year do you?” The question you dread every year from your boss.
If you’re the lucky person to have been burdened with planning the Christmas party, then you’ll be well aware of the stress you can potentially encounter the next few months. You need to try and find a date that works for everyone, a venue that all your colleagues like, and a price that comes in under your boss’ budget. It certainly isn’t an enviable task, so to help you on your way, here are some interesting ideas and useful tips to keep things fresh and everyone happy.
As tempting as it might be to come up with a fancy dress theme, or even simply a colour scheme, it’s always going to annoy someone, whether they don’t have the right outfit, or don’t like to dress up. Instead, it’s a good idea to keep things relatively straightforward – smart or casual. You also need to consider that there are going to be hundreds of other companies looking to book out venues around the same time as you, so you might simply need to accept that you aren’t going to be able to hold your event in December, particularly if you want a Friday or Saturday night.
Doing the same thing each year can get pretty stale, so change things up to keep them interesting. There are lots of different options for you to choose from. There are venues who can offer packages to cater to your parties need, for example check out Comedy Carnival if you’re in London and would like the responsibility out of your hands. Or if you just thinking of hiring a venue itself you could have some roulette tables brought to your venue and arcade games ready to play for a fun filled evening. The more interesting you can be, the more people are likely to remember your efforts.
While go-karting might sound like a great laugh, you should spare consideration for your colleagues that either aren’t into that kind of thing, or simply aren’t able to get involved. It’s not fair to spend budget on something that some people can’t do, so try to keep things broadly appealing. This really shouldn’t be difficult in a city like London, as there are just so many things to do. If you do want to include activities that aren’t for everyone, always offer an alternative. The other thing to think about here is food. While you might be tempted to be adventurous, there should always be some things on the menu that you think pretty much anyone will be prepared to eat.