The first decision is whether you are going out or staying in. Going out means hiring a venue or securing a group booking at a shared event. Staying in means decorating your office and arranging catering, entertainment and games with your collegues. Having the Christmas party in your office does have the advantage of continuity as you get to enjoy the decor for at least a week or two and there will always be left over food and drinks for a few days. If you can find the right venue, then going out and getting away from the working environment is the best option.
It is an amazing feeling when you walk into the lobby of a venue and see how the professionals do it.
However, if you do not have the option of going out or you choose to arrange the party in your office, there are specialist prop companies who can be hired to transform your office. There are also many catering companies, so you don’t have to worry about a shopping list or spending time preparing a buffet or canapes.
You can then focus on presents, Christmas stockings, the office quiz and any other fun ideas for the party. There are also many entertainers that can be hired to perform in your actual office. If you have done all the decorating and preparations, then why not add some live music? Our steel drum band is available for entertainment, and bookings need to be made in good time as many companies choose the same week and the same date for their office Christmas party. The band’s presentation is different for Christmas; out goes the tropical shirts and this is replaced with more festive fashion. The repertoire is enriched with a selection of popular Carols to capture the spirit of the festive season. You can discover how Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sounds on steel drums or hear a medley of Jingle Bells and Joy To The World. The acoustic format with 3 players does not require much space or any electrics and works very well at office parties.
The other advantage of staying in is that you won’t have to worry about parking issues. This is becoming a real concern and can ruin a fun event when you see a ticket on your car or, no car. If you are fortunate to hire a remote country hotel, then this is not a problem, but in the cities and towns some advanced preparations are needed.
Please have a look at our list of favourite sites for suppliers and visit our corporate hospitality page for more party ideas and inspiration.