Christmas is the time for smiles and celebration. It’s also the time to say goodbye to the past, and look forward to the future.
If you are running a business, this is the perfect time to show your staff you appreciate them and the work they do. What better way to do that than with a corporate Christmas Party?
Like when planning any event, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure its success. They are:
- Setting the Date
No plan is truly a plan without a date. Determine the optimal time and date first. The rest of the planning can be built around the date that’s been chosen. Corporate Christmas parties are often held in the second or third week of December meaning venues that can hold a lot of people will be booked up around this time. Plan ahead if you aim at throwing your party on the first week of December instead.
- Get the Budget Right
Without a budget, there won’t be any party. Period. It is important that the expenses for the party are planned with a detailed list of quotes and that the person organizing the event is competent. Don’t just leave the organization of the party to an intern. The success or failure of the party depends on proper budgeting and sticking to that budget.
- Be Clear on the Purpose of the Party
Is the purpose of the party to celebrate how the company performed? Is this a reward to the employees for their year-long efforts? Is it just a means to bring together all the employees and have them relax? Or will it be a combination of all three factors?
Know the purpose of the party and what exactly you are looking to communicate. Make every detail meaningful, thoughtful and relevant for your guests. Ensure your party makes an impact that lasts longer than the actual event.
An invitation to a party is like a trailer to a movie. It’s a preview of what’s to come and as such a good invitation should have your guests excited to participate.
- Dress Code
Having a dress code can relieve some stress from the attendants. You can also make it fun. Pick a theme to the dress code and announce prizes for the most creative outfits.
- Food and Drinks
Food is one of the most important ingredients in the success of any event. The better your food, the better the event and the more your guests will look forward to it next year.
Plan to have your guests greeted with cocktails so they aren’t stuck in a cue at the bar. This will also help them get better oriented if the venue is large. Also, carefully plan the appetizers so they can sate your guests without spoiling their appetite.
Although second to food in terms of importance, entertainment is also a key to having a successful event. If most of your budget went to the food and venue, that’s okay. You don’t need a big-name DJ. There are other ways to entertain guests such as karaoke, costume boxes and treasure hunts are all fun ways to liven the party. Small inexpensive, but fun gifts are also an option if budget is an issue.
- Party Flavors
Snacks such as cookies or chocolates are a great way to send off your guests and finish a great party. Your guests will be thinking about the event the entire ride home!
There are plenty of ways to punch up your Christmas corporate party. Turning it from just average to fabulous is as easy as a phone call!