Christmas is such a special time of the year, that not only do we hope to throw the most amazing Christmas party at our own house, but we are looking for ways to help out in the organization of the company Christmas party. But what happens when your colleagues are not in such a festive mood as you, and if they do not start planning out the office Christmas party in a timely manner? Well, that means that it is up to you to take the job of the organizer and organize a killer party. What are the things you need to have in mind? How to make it happen? Take a look:
Get out of there!
The first thing that you need to do is find a venue for your office Christmas party. Plenty of companies opt to throw it on their own premises but remember that you want to make this party rather motivational, so finding a venue that has nothing to do with your company is perhaps the best option. This is what will give the impression to your colleagues that a party is being thrown, and that you will mingle and have fun someplace far away from the place where you actually work. You can find some amazing pubs or bars that will rent their premises and their staff, so you will not have a lot of work to do. Of course, if you have some extra time on your hands, you can try and find a venue that is original and organize everything by yourself.
Drinks and food
Yes, the venue is important, but so is the food and the drinks that are going to be served there. If you opt for the step that we discussed in #1 – the club or the bar that you rented will provide the drinks and perhaps even the food. If not the latter, you can always find good finger food to make this night interesting. There are plenty of good companies all around the world who are good in this department, so finding delicious catering in NYC is, for example, one of the safest and most logical choices. This works with other towns and cities all around the world as well. Not only is it super interesting, but it can also save a lot of time as you will not have to make the food or think too much.
Since invitations might be a bit too much for a company Christmas party, you can go with invites, which are basically electronic invitations that you will send out to your colleagues through social networks or chatting apps that you use for work.
Decorate the venue
Regardless of the venue that you will host your party, you need to do your best to decorate in the most festive possible way. You can always try and find people who are going to help you with this, which will not be difficult bearing in mind that people do like decorating for Christmas. There are plenty of DIY Christmas decorations that you can make, and this whole process can be a fun way of bonding with your teammates, so think of it as one form of a team-building activity. You can also ask your HR department to help you find the people who will make decorations with you. Another choice is to hire somebody who will only do the decorating process – this will definitely be pricier, but if your budget allows it, it will save you plenty of time.
Choose the best time
Finally, do not forget to think about the actual date of your Christmas party. A date that is too close to Christmas is perhaps a bad idea as you never know who is traveling where, and if you choose one that is not even close to Christmas, you risk many people not coming. The best idea would be to do that a couple of days (at least seven days) before Christmas.
Hosting a Christmas party is always a fun activity. Yes, it might be a bit daunting, it might be nerve-wracking at times, but at the end of the day, it will be very rewarding.