The office Christmas party is always one of the most anticipated corporate events of the year. This event is responsible for a plethora of stories, as a result of unexpected dance moves - and too much schnapps. With such high expectations, it is reasonable to ask: How do you plan the best corporate Christmas party? So, here are some tips that every Christmas party planner should keep in mind when planning the party of the year!
Location, location, location
When you are looking for the perfect Christmas party venue, there are a lot of things to take into consideration. For example, you need to consider how easily accessible a particular venue may be for all participants, whether you need to arrange transportation after the party, and if there is a need for overnight accommodation. Then there are questions such as: Should the venue be something rustic, like an old hangar, or classically stylish, like that of a lush hotel? Does the venue offer catering? Will you have access to the venue prior to the party? Will the venue decorate the space for you?
Although planning the perfect Christmas party is starting to sound like mission impossible, it does not have to be!
Plan it yourself vs. package deal
Do you really want to take a chance on that newly opened party venue for such an important event? If you are an experienced event coordinator, go for it! If not, you may want to go for a safer option and enlist the help of external event coordinators, if there is room in the budget. Alternatively, you could choose to book a venue that offers themed package deals. One such option could be to book your Christmas party at a Radisson Blu hotel. We specialize in event planning, and can tailor your event to suit your every need. All you need to do is let us know what you want, and then you can focus on having a great party with your colleagues!
Christmas Dinner – accommodating everyone
One of the key elements to any successful event is the food. For Christmas parties, the menu, in particular, is crucial. When planning a Christmas dinner, there are a bunch of questions that need to be answered, for example: Do you want a traditional Christmas buffet or would a classic 3-course dinner be a better option? How can you accommodate colleagues with special dietary requests or people with allergies?
Most venues that offer food-packages will be able to serve special menus for people with such requests - if they are aware in advance! This means that it is imperative to make sure to get everyone’s dietary requests in due time – preferably when people sign-up for the party.
Getting home – public transportation, taxis or staying overnight?
Many Christmas parties involves an abundance of alcohol, and while this might be great for getting your colleagues on the dance floor, it also means that making sure that everyone gets home safely is a top priority. In order to make it easy to get home safely, choose a venue that is close to public transportation, arrange for buses to take people to the nearest train station, or let people know how to get a taxi at the end of the night.
If you want to make sure that people do not have to worry about getting home later at all, you could host your Christmas party at a venue that offers overnight accommodation. Being able to go from the dance floor to your bed sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it? Regardless of what you may prefer, all Radisson Blu hotels in Germany would be a great choice, since they all feature a central location that is close to public transportation, a front-desk that can help people book a taxi, and plenty of rooms for tired colleagues. Oh, and that way you can also enjoy the Christmas markets the next day!