Whether you’re planning a Christmas bash for your staff, your clients, or both, it’s important to make sure that your company brand is represented professionally. However, a Christmas party is also a good opportunity to share the fun side of your business, and everyone wants to relax a little bit and have a good time at this time of year. So, if you’re planning to host a corporate Christmas event this year, here are some top tips to help you plan for it.
1. Finding the Right Venue
You need to make sure that your venue is easy for your guests to get to, so choosing somewhere that is close to the town or city center would be ideal. You should also think about how easy it is for your guests to park their cars nearby if they are driving, or how close the nearest transport links are so that they can get home safely. The venue will also need to be big enough to fit all of your guests, but not too big that it feels empty as this can make the party appear less popular than it truly is, which is not the image you want to portray for your brand.
2. Catering and Bar Services
If your venue prepares food on the premises, they might be able to offer you a catering package for your event. They should also be able to serve your guests drinks from their bar. If your venue can’t cater to this, or you have decided to host the party at your offices instead, you will need to hire a catering company and bar service. Most catering companies will offer a few different festive menus to choose from, all of which will vary in price. Therefore, finding one that suits your budget shouldn’t be too much of a challenge. For an extra special touch, consider having some corporate chocolate gifts put together that your guests can take home with them.
While delectable food and drink will help to keep your guests happy, providing some entertainment is also essential. You could host a fun, festive quiz with prizes to be won, hire a band to play music and get people dancing, or rent a photo booth where your guests can take novelty pictures they can have as keepsakes to remember your event. The entertainment you choose will depend on your budget, but it is important to find something to help keep your guests occupied.
If you’re hiring a venue, they might already have some festive decorations hung up. However, if you want to bring additional Christmas decorations, speak to the event manager at your venue first to check if this is OK. If you are hosting your party in the office, you need to make sure that you have decked the place out to make it look like a winter wonderland and help people get into the Christmas spirit (health and safety regulations being followed at all times, of course!)
If your company wants to host a festive bash this year, use these tips to make it a memorable event that your guests will still be talking about in the New Year.