Deny it all you want, but Christmas is approaching again.
For some, that’s no big deal. But for some people, they have been tasked with planning the big Office Christmas party. That in itself is MEGA frustrating.
With that in mind, here are my favourite Christmas party planning tips…. Good luck!
Christmas Party planning tips 🎄
ASK FOR FEEDBACK ON THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S PARTY
If you want to find out what people are looking forward to in their Christmas party, why not simply ask them? Draft up a questionnaire with a few simple questions like:
- What was your favorite part of last year’s Christmas party?
- What would you like to see again?
- What did you dislike about last year’s Christmas party?
- What would you prefer was not included this year?
People can give you their feedback on their likes and dislikes of the previous year’s party and their responses will help you to plan a party filled with the elements that people liked.
SEND OUT INVITES WELL IN ADVANCE
People begin to make their Christmas plans once they know when the last day of work is. Some plan to leave town the minute they get off work, while others leave a day or two later.
If you want everyone to attend the work Christmas party, you need to get the invitations out as soon as possible–before they make their own family plans. Start planning the event earlier in the year (September or October – so basically now). Send out invitations no later than mid-November. This will ensure the Christmas party is a factor in all your employees’ plans
BIN THE BALLOONS
Not all balloons. Some are nice and make the room look epic. I mean those annoying rocket balloons that people basically use as a way to spread their beer breath across the room in rapid time, with that added annoyance that they also scream as well.
Not only that, there’s a 96% chance that it will land in the soup and basically give the HR department a load more work to deal with come Monday morning….
(Don’t *actually* bin them. Recycle them)
OPEN BARS ARE A DISASTER
Yes, I know everyone has worked hard all year and you want to reward them, but an open bar is literally open to abuse. It also opens up your workers to do something really stupid, which we all know will have to be discussed via a conference call at some point.
Instead of open bar, issue a few beer tokens to each member of staff. Okay, it does make things a little harder to issue at the beginning, but you’ll be able to work out roughly what the bar spend will be in advance.
DO ROUND TABLES
This is my biggest recommendation for any kind of party, but always aim for round tables rather than long tables. Round tables let conversation flow much, much easier, and they get everyone involved. Also, nobody feels like they’ve just been tucked into the end on a table out of the way.
DON’T BE A BORING SOD
Christmas parties are meant to be fun. Nobody wants to talk about financial rubbish, or work related issues at a party. Just let those worries disappear for the night, and just have a laugh with your colleagues. I promise that the marketing report for last month can wait a little bit longer before it needs discussing.
PLAN THE MUSIC
Certainly if you’re providing the music yourself, you want to pre-plan the playlist.
It doesn’t need to be a constant loop of Slade, Wham and Mariah Carey. Have a good mix of normal party music, and throw in the occasional Christmas song for good measure.
Having said that, if you’re hiring a DJ for the party, they should be able to get the balance just right on the night.
SET UP A CHRISTMAS PHOTOBOOTH
You can either hire in a professional booth, or you can put together your own Christmas scene, buy some cheap props, and grab a couple of Polaroid Cameras. These will make for a great bit of fun amongst colleagues, and will be something awesome to look back on when it gets to January, and the post Christmas blues set in.
GET GOOD ENTERTAINMENT
I mean, you’re on my website. So I’d be a fool to not suggest that you hire me for your Christmas party entertainment
(Here ends the blatant plug)
I really hope that this has given you a few little pointers. Hopefully this can make your Christmas party planning a little more focused, and a little less stressful. If you do want a few more tips, why not contact me. I’d be more than happy to chat about your party with you and give you a helping hand!
Until next time…