10 Tips for an Unforgettable Christmas Party
There’s no better way for a company and its employees to enjoy the holiday season than to throw a corporate Christmas party. However, planning a memorable Christmas party for your staff is not an easy feat. Any event involves much planning, but a successful holiday party has the added requirements of boosting morale, building goodwill and communicating appreciation for a year of hard work and effort.
So, where do you even begin? Here are a few tips to make party planning a little less stressful, and a lot more enjoyable.
1. Start planning early
Delaying preparations for your party will only lead to unnecessary stress in the future. The earlier you begin, the more you can accomplish for your event. You’ll also have more time to deal with the problems that will inevitably crop up. The best place to start is always by setting a date.
2. Location matters more than you think
As the holiday season approaches, you will be facing stiff competition for the best locations. The best venues go quickly, so the earlier you book a place the better. Careful consideration should also be given to how far your party-goers will have to travel to reach the venue. Knowing they will get home safe will allow attendees to let loose and have fun. If your budget does not allow for a pricy venue, another great option is to host the party in your own office space.
3. Book appropriate entertainment
The importance of having excellent entertainment can’t be stressed enough. The secret to choosing the best musical act for your party is knowing your audience. Hiring a string quartet to entertain a crowd in their twenties is a mistake you don’t want to make.
4. Send Invites early
Once a date has been decided, send an invitation to employees fast. Your employees’ schedules will fill up quickly over the holidays. It’s a busy time and you want to make sure as many people attend as possible.
5. Incorporate a suitable theme
Having an appropriate theme makes a world of difference to the celebratory atmosphere. It also makes a great talking point leading up to the party. This generates pre-party buzz as employees plan for their outfits. If you can’t decide on a theme, just put it to a vote. Your staff are sure to have excellent ideas.
6. Cater to all
Plan a menu that’ll keep guests coming back to the buffet table. Food and drinks are key factors to any event’s success. Look for a menu which has something for everyone, especially picky eaters, vegans, non-drinkers, etc. If your budget is limited, throwing a Christmas potluck party might be a good idea.
7. Communicate with your guests
Don’t be too busy during the party to converse with your employees. Circle the venue and take this chance to get to know your staff on a more personal level. Your employees will appreciate your interest and it will help strengthen your relationships with them for the following year.
8. Take plenty of memorable photos
Photos make great reminders of a fantastic celebration! Plus, once the party is over you’ll have amazing photographs which can be used for company publicity and social media for years to come. You can even rent a photo booth. It’s always worth considering hiring a professional photographer if you want high quality snaps of the event.
9. Give out employee appreciation awards
Christmas parties are a great opportunity to give out awards to your employees with the goal of inspiring them for the year to come. You have the choice of giving out formal or comedic awards. The type of awards you’ll have will be greatly dependent on the theme of your party.
10. Prepare giveaways for your guests
It’s not necessary to go big or go expensive, but your giveaway needs to be fun for everyone. Think of Christmas giveaways as a means of boosting employee morale and thanking them for their contribution to the company’s growth.
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