A Guide To Planning (And Surviving) The Office Christmas Party

Clare Cherry

Posted on December 01 2019

Group of people with wine glasses at the office Christmas party

The office Christmas party is something that every employee looks forward to at the end of the working year. The Christmas party is a way of employers saying “thank you” for all the hard work that’s been put into the business that year and it is the perfect time to relax and enjoy the festive celebrations. The office Christmas party is a great morale-booster for you and your coworkers and enables you to leave the office on a positive note, whilst feeling encouraged to come back in the New Year happier and more productive.

But, if you’ve been tasked with planning the office Christmas party, then you’ll know that it can be hugely challenging. A lot of thought, planning and organisation goes into making sure the party goes without a hitch, so if you want some tips for planning and surviving the office Christmas party this year, here is our guide. 

Ask For Feedback On Last Year’s Party

Everyone has something different in mind when it comes to the office Christmas party, so the best thing you can do is ask people what they want or expect from the event. This way, you’ll be able to get a good idea of what everyone enjoyed, didn’t like or what they want to be included in this year’s party. Remember though, you won’t be able to take everyone’s ideas and suggestions into account and there will be some conflicting answers so try to determine the common denominators in the feedback you receive. 

Try Out A Party Theme

Usually, the theme for Christmas parties tend to be, well, Christmas, but why not try something new and fun for the office Christmas party? 

  • Alpine Ball: Set your party in amongst the glamorous surroundings of an alpine town and enjoy the sophistication of an exclusive ski resort. You can either go silly and fun with this idea, where everyone wears Christmas jumpers and beanie hats or go full glam with ball gowns and black tie.
  • Roaring 20s: As we head into 2020, why not throw a roaring 20s party where you can soak up the atmosphere of the Prohibition era. With forbidden drinks, flapper girls and art deco accessories, there are so many things you can do to throw a great party. 
  • Winter Wonderland: Perhaps one of the easiest and most festive ideas, a winter wonderland party is a great way to get everyone in the Christmas mood if you don’t want an evening event and doesn’t take much planning. With artificial white snow, warm drinks and snacks such as cookies, sandwiches and crisps, if you want a great mid-day party idea, then you’ve found it.

Hire The Right Entertainment

When it comes to party planning and entertainment, some of the first things that spring to mind include DJs and catering, but hiring the right entertainment will make or break the office Christmas party. Whilst DJs and bands are popular entertainment choices, if your coworkers aren’t keen on dancing, then you could consider hiring another form of entertainment, such as a magician or comedian. If you want pre-party entertainment, then we have a range of corporate services available, such as hair and makeup, face and body painting, henna mehndi application and event styling.  

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