Planning this year’s Christmas Party? Follow these simple tips for a memorable festive office party
November’s almost here, and if you haven’t booked your Christmas office party, now’s the time to get your skates on and start planning! Weetwood Hall, which offers a great venue to host memorable Christmas office parties in Leeds, provides some simple tips on planning an unforgettable festive office party.
- Set a budget
With the venue to book, the caterers, decorations, entertainment and drinks, Christmas parties can soon clock up the pound signs. Prior to booking the Christmas Party, set a budget for the event. Unforeseen costs tend to creep up on events like these, so it’s important you plan the celebration carefully and consider often unforeseen costs.
- What kind of celebration do you want?
What kind of Christmas office party does your company want? Perhaps it’s a Christmas meal at lunchtime, a party in the evening with music and entertainment, or maybe a get together on New Years’ Eve? Festive office parties come in many different forms, and now’s the time to send an email around the business asking colleagues their thoughts on what type of Christmas party they would prefer.
- Get out of the office
Having spent most of the year working with colleagues inside the office, Christmas parties are often most effective when they’re held outside work premises.
Having said that, the choice of venue should be accessible for all. As the Metro writes in its ’10 tips for an unforgettable work Christmas party’:
“Find a venue which is easy to get to, and make sure there’s the option for taxis home at the night.”
If you haven’t yet booked a venue for this year’s festive office party, there’s no time to delay, as venues get booked up early.
- Plan a great menu
It’s the season for overindulgence after all, so to make your corporate Christmas party an unforgettable one, plan a great festive menu.
Ensure there’s plenty of drinks and nibbles for everyone. For larger office parties, buffets can be ideal, whilst for smaller groups, a sit-down meal might be more intimate and suitable.
- Think of a theme
Get creative at this year’s office party by creating a Christmassy theme. It might be Christmas characters, festive baubles or novelty hats, having a theme will help everyone get involved and in the celebratory spirit.
Why not take your festive theme even further by having a competition for the best themed colleague? Competitions never fail to go down well at office parties and act as a real icebreaker.
- Send out the invites (ASAP!)
Social calendars can be hectic at this time of the year, so the earlier you send out the invites for the Christmas party, the better. Make sure you put all the details on the invitations, including the date, time, venue, and theme (if you have one). Ask your colleagues to RSVP so you can let the venue and caterers know exact numbers.
If you’re looking for a fabulous venue to celebrate the biggest event of the annual corporate calendar in Leeds, Weetwood Hall is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas with colleagues.
From festive lunches to private parties, get in contact with Weetwood Hall to discuss all your Christmas office party options at our stylish venue in Headingley on the outskirts of Leeds.
New Year Eve Celebrations at Weetwood Hall: Black Tie Gala Dinner… with the Rat Pack
If you’re thinking about celebrating New Year’s Eve with colleagues and friends, then Weetwood Hall offers unforgettable New Year’s Eve Celebrations.
Wine and dine in style at our exquisite four-course Black Tie Gala Dinner. Following your delicious four-course meal, enjoy some fantastic entertainment with a tribute to the Rat Pack’s finest, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.
We’ll take care of all your New Year’s Eve celebrations for you, including organising a taxi to take you home. Or why not spend the New Year in luxury by staying in one of comfortable and stylish rooms?
Find out more about celebrating New Year’s Eve 2016 at Weetwood Hall’s Gala Dinner and Rat Pack event, here.