Top Tips for Planning the Perfect Christmas Party
For many of us, Christmas would be better called ‘party season’, with the holidays sometimes seeming like an endless array of parties and events for us to attend. However, for those planning these events, the holiday season can be the most stressful time of the year, rather than the most wonderful.
Whether you have been charged with the planning of your company’s annual corporate event, or you are trying to find the best ways to keep a large family occupied this Christmas, here are some top tips on planning the perfect Christmas party that all of your guests will love.
Choose the Right Venue
The venue can often make or break an annual Christmas party, with the setting of your party helping to add to the atmosphere and cheer of the event. When choosing a venue, there are many practicalities to consider, such as whether the venue is accessible to all of the guests, whether it is available on the dates that you require, and the type of package that the company can offer to you.
One of the best options for Christmas venues are pubs and restaurants, as these allow you to combine both catering and entertainment into one festive package. For instance, The Hole in the Wall is a Christmas party venue in Chichester which can help you to celebrate the holiday season in style, with its varied Christmas menu and atmospheric decorations.
Host Christmas Themed Entertainment
What makes Christmas parties different from other parties? Christmas themed entertainment. The perfect Christmas party starts and ends with themed activities that can be used as both an ice-breaker and a way to get to know each other, as well as a way to create fun and unique memories of your event. These can include group games and team bonding activities, such as stocking guessing, and you can even put a festive twist on some old favourites, such as Christmas charades and quizzes. You should also get the party started with festive entertainment, such as Christmas carol singers and choirs, or by asking your guests to request their favourite holiday songs.
Set a Budget
With all of the gifts, food and other expenditure that Christmas demands, this can leave individuals planning a family party struggling to make ends meet. This means that it is important to set a budget both for the Christmas season and for your event before booking any of the details, such as your venue or entertainment. This will help you to judge how much money you have to spend on each aspect and will prevent you from spending too much on what should be an affordable and stress-free family affair.
Pick the Perfect Date
The Christmas season is a busy period for every member of the family and employee, and you may find that many people are unable to RSVP to your perfectly planned event. To prevent disappointment over the holiday season, you should find ways to pick the right date, such as sending round a survey of every guest’s preferred date, and choosing a date on which there are no large, local events occurring, and that is not too close to the big day itself. You should also choose a date well in advance to give people the opportunity to rearrange their calendars and ensure that they do not double-book themselves.