Can you believe it’s that time of year already?!
Break out the tinsel, deck the halls out with holly and get your Secret Santa gift ready: Staff Party season is just around the corner!
Here are our top 5 tips for organising a staff Christmas party that your crew will never forget!
1. Book your venue early.
No one wants to miss out on their dream venue just because they left it to the last minute! Have a vote or make a plan sooner rather than later, and book your venue. Saturdays and Sundays in December fill-up earlier and earlier each year, so consider having your party on a weeknight – don’t forget to ask the boss, though!
2. Get your invites out ASAP.
Staff parties are always more fun when everyone has the chance to go, and giving people as much time as possible to save the date is an important step. As soon as your venue is locked in, start a Facebook Event or pin-up a notice where everyone can see it.
3. Plan a few activities (but don’t go over-the-top!)
The idea here is to give people a chance to socialise and have fun and add a little bit of structure to the event, so think outside the box! Secret Santa can be a great way to get some festive cheer going around – just make sure everyone knows the rules. Activities like bare-foot bowl, karaoke, or even a photo booth can always be relied on for a light-hearted bit of fun, too!
4. Organise your catering.
Most venues will have good-value finger food or sit-down meal options for staff parties. Make sure you get in touch before-hand to organise this with the venue, and clear up if the party will be funded by the business, or if people will pay their own way.
5. Have an exit strategy.
If you plan on have a few Christmas brews you should always prepare a Plan B. Ask if your venue has a courtesy bus service or taxi rank. If enough people are headed the same way it might be worth booking a minivan or charter bus.
The most important part of the night is to have fun! Keep things light-hearted, friendly, and inclusive – that way your party will always be remembered for the right reasons!
If you’re looking for a venue that will really impress your colleagues, get in touch with the Corporate Functions team at Valentine Bowling Club. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 4946 7232 (ext 3).