Christmas Party Night

5 Tips for a Successful Christmas Staff Party

The festive period is almost upon us, which means it’s nearly time to dust off those Christmas jumpers and get your Santa hat on. You may think it’s far too early to be thinking of organising a Christmas staff party, but you’ll thank us by the end of this for getting the (snow)ball rolling on helping out with the planning process.

If you find yourself in charge of organising the pinnacle of any corporate social calendar, no doubt you will want to make sure it’s remembered (or perhaps not after a few too many bucks fizz) for all the right reasons.

We LOVE Christmas Parties!

That’s why we offer Shared Christmas Party or Private Party packages. Our events team will work with you to help host your party, where we can accommodate from as little as 10 to as many as 500 people.

So without further ado,

be prepared for our top 5 tips for planning a successful Christmas staff party, filled with great ideas and the occasional Christmas pun.
  1. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it comes early.
    The only way you’re going to make it one of the best nights of the year is being organised – after all, you don’t want to be left with only your local pub as an option. Give your hard-working staff a night they will remember, which will leave them buzzing into the new year.To get yourself started you need to ask all the right questions, such as:
  • What day of the week should it be?
  • What is the budget?
  • Can people bring partners?
  • Are clients invited?
  • Venue?
  • Free bar?
  • Music/Live band?

These are just a few questions that need to be thought of early on to ensure your party ‘lights up’. Nothing beats a good story in the office during the cold month of January – “remember that time Paul had too much to drink and fell asleep under the tree”. CLASSIC PAUL.


  1. Last Christmas I gave you my heart…but did it work though?
    Compare your situation to this time last year – are you ahead or behind schedule? What’s a really good idea is to use last year’s party as a benchmark and try to better it. If you weren’t there, ask someone who was. Also, asking a few key questions after the party always helps making the next one that much better. It doesn’t need to be a formal survey, just a general consensus of what guests thought worked well and not so much.Maybe you need a bigger budget or more help to ensure things go smoothly. Let’s remember, you have a full time job, so having this extra responsibility is time consuming – many hands make light work.


  1. Do they know it’s Christmas time at all? Maybe they need to be reminded.
    After all the planning has happened it’s best to let everyone at work know the details, but not all of them. Santa doesn’t tell people what goes into the stockings before they open it, right?Christmas is a busy time for most people, so getting the date in their diaries as soon as possible will help keep a healthy attendance list.
  1. Deck the halls, with everything … and more.
    Now is the time to iron out all the details. Make sure you have everything you want arranged, such as the band getting there well before to have time to set up. We tend to find our best parties are the ones in which the party organiser is in close contact with out Events team. Even visiting the venue a couple of times before hand is a good idea. Santa is probably the most organised person out there, so best to copy him and make him proud of ‘Operation Christmas’.


  1. Tis the season to be jolly, merry and well.. ‘festive’.
    The most important thing is to enjoy the festivities. Taking everything above into account, on the day you must make it as easy as possible for yourself as all the hard work you have done to organise this must mean the night should flow effortlessly. So go have a few drinks with Barbara from HR and create some fantastic memories.

Worried about the above? Don’t be. Let us help you create the perfect festive event to complete your year. Contact our events team now to understand what we can do for you.

And above all, we wish you a very merry Christmas.

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