Christmas is the best time of year (and that’s a fact!). From buying presents for loved ones to decorating your home, what’s not to love!? But, no one can deny the excitement that surrounds the office Christmas party every year. It’s probably the most anticipated work event of the year and with good reason.
Planning your office Christmas party involves a lot of moving parts, so it’s important to be on top of your game if you want to get it right. As party planning experts, we are going to share our top tips to ensure you throw a Christmas party of a lifetime.
1) Plan Ahead
Planning ahead is the best way to make sure your party runs smoothly. It’s important that you consider all the details, from planning the date and theme to booking entertainment and food and drinks. Here are some tips for making sure your 2022 office Christmas party goes off without a hitch:
- If you’re going to have an outdoor venue, book it early! Make sure you have access to heating if it’s cold (and don’t forget blankets), as well as other things like portable toilets if necessary.
- Booking entertainment early will ensure there won’t be any problems when they arrive on-site later in the day or evening. You should also check that they can provide any special equipment needed (e.g., microphones).
- Get started with decorations early too—you’ll need time not only to decorate but also to clean up afterwards! Decorations could include lights strung around trees outside or inside; fake snow in bowls around tables; trees decorated with festive lights hanging above each table. You could even have small Christmas trees on each table with presents underneath them for guests’ children who are coming along later (this can be done by having different coloured ribbons tied onto each present so parents know which one belongs to their child).
2) Agree on a Christmas Party Date
You should pick a date that works for everyone. Ideally, you want it to be a few weeks before Christmas so people are still excited about the holidays and will come to your party. However, you don’t want it too close to the Christmas holiday because people will likely be busy with family and friends at home.
The last thing we recommend is that you pick a day when most of your employees don’t have work commitments outside of their normal hours. Trying to find a date that works for everyone will ensure that everyone will be at the party, meaning the atmosphere will be great, and your team can bond over some festive fun right before the holidays.
3) Choose a theme for your Christmas party
Choosing a theme that fits your company culture is always a good idea. If your employees are usually dressed in jeans and t-shirts, it might be hard to imagine them wearing costumes or going all out with a theme. Think about the type of people you work with and the kinds of personalities they have. Do they like dressing up? Are they creative individuals? Or do they tend to shy away from attention-grabbing antics? Perhaps your laid-back team would love a Christmas Digi Quiz Game Show or if they love to dress up a Night at the Oscars might be up their alley.
Remember to choose a theme that is fun and memorable. If your company has been around for several years, choosing something memorable will help keep things fresh for both employees and guests alike! How about a Winter Wonderland party—where everyone dresses up as their favourite Winter themed or Christmas character?
Or maybe go retro with an 80s themed bash! The possibilities are endless when it comes to planning an office holiday party; just make sure you give yourself enough time to pull it off right, you’ll need plenty of time to get everything organised if you really want to blow your guests away.
4) Consider Co-Workers’ Kids
When planning your office Christmas party, you should consider the ages of the people who will be attending. If you have employees who have small children, make sure their kids will be able to enjoy the activities at your event. You may want to include other family-friendly activities like face painting or balloons for little ones. Perhaps have a specific kids’ Christmas party theme, such as Santa’s Workshop Experience or a Traditional Log Cabin Grotto.
You also need to think about where you are going to host your party as some venues are better suited for younger guests than others. If you are having a formal meal, consider having it catered so that children can bring their own food and eat where they feel comfortable without disturbing other guests too much (and vice versa).
Another important factor is the time of day that everyone arrives at your event; if it’s too late or early then there will be little incentive for parents to go out again after they drop off their kids!
(Bonus Tip) Leave it up to Experts
If you’re looking for a professional to help with your office Christmas party, look no further than Fusion Events. We offer expert planning services for all types of corporate events including cocktail parties, dinner parties and business meetings, and of course, office Christmas parties.
With our expertise in event management, we will take care of everything from venue selection to catering arrangements. Our experienced team can also handle all aspects of the logistics including staffing requirements and security plans so that you don’t have to worry about anything other than enjoying yourself on the night!
We understand how stressful it can be organising an event especially when there are so many things that need to be considered like catering options or music choices but we have years of experience in helping companies plan their Christmas parties so let us take care of it!
Contact us today if you would like more information about our services or pricing structure.
So there you have it, 5 tips on how to plan your 2022 Christmas Party. Remember that if you are new to planning a Christmas party then don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends and family who have been through the process before, or just leave it up to the experts. Have fun and happy planning!