I know, I know it is only the 11th of October, but it is, unfortunately, the time when you need to start organising your office Christmas party. A few years ago I wrote a post on the different types of parties you can hold depending on your colleagues and the environment you work in. To reiterate it is a tricky task organising the Christmas party, and you will never please everyone! But it will be a lot less stressful if you treat the party as you would any event and plan accordingly. Here are my do’s and don’ts when it comes to organising your office Christmas party.
Organising the office Christmas party? Here are some do’s and don’ts
Do set the date NOW! The great venues get booked up quickly so do start to think about your site as early as possible
Don’t forget to set a budget. This is very important! The budget needs to be finalised before you can organise anything.
Do send a save the date email so that you get a good turn out.
Don’t take the first quote you get. Negotiate! You don’t know what discounts you can get unless you ask!
Do ask for some objectives. You should treat the organisation of the Christmas party as you would a regular business event.
Don’t forget to visit the venue. Make sure there is easy access for any disabled guests.
Do get everyone to preorder the food. A great tip is to put your colleague’s dinner choices on the back of their name cards, so they don’t have to remember what they have ordered.
Don’t scrimp on entertainment. Stick to a great band or DJ if you are not sure what your colleagues will like.
Do suggest a new year party if your company is on a tight budget. It is much cheaper, and you will have lots more choice.
Don’t always try something new. If your colleagues still rave about last year’s party why not repeat exactly what you did.
Do try a theme. Although a little corny a theme can help get everyone in the festive mood.
Don’t forget to ask for everyone’s dietary requirements. Not everyone will eat turkey and Christmas pudding!
Do enjoy yourself! Although you have organised the event, it is still your Christmas party too so make sure you have a good time.
Don’t forget to ask for feedback. It can be a pretty difficult task so once the dust has settled make sure you ask everyone how they thought it went.