Yes the most magical time of the year is almost here! This is the time where the whole team let their hair down, relax and become merry, as they have been working all year round for your business.
With Christmas work parties it can be a big task as you have people from all departments mingling and getting together, maybe people who have never talked to each other before meet for the first time and talk, this can be a little scary for everyone. But it’s all about breaking the ice and getting everyone together so here are some ideas to help you make this the best Christmas party of 2015.
Christmas Party 2015 Ideas
Is the first step to get everyone is in the Christmas office spirit is to send the entire workforce an email notifying that you are looking to throw a Christmas party and looking for ideas on venues and games to play. This is important as this increases the excitement at work and will get everyone talking and sharing ideas.
Bowling? laser tag? even maybe quad biking? These are just some of the ideas you can get your team to share ideas about for the Christmas party. Ideally a Christmas party should not be just about sitting and eating and hearing the boss talk, but it should be centered around activities that can be done as a group to build the team spirit and get the team speaking and socialising.
After these activities are done it is best to have the big Christmas dinner and let everyone enjoy each others company and ease down. Let them relax, unwind have a couple of drinks and then it’s time to hit the dance floor. As the boss you should lead by example, get up and shake some moves to start of the team. Being casual and fun to be around will show the team your fun side which is great for the team to see as they can feel more comfortable approaching you in the workplace.
Fancy Dress I Here?
Christmas Fancy Dress
Why not theme the event? Encourage staff to dress up in their Christmas outfits, bring out those big stocky jumpers, or those get on those reindeer ears and get the team looking Christmasy. Maybe you can dress up like the 50s, 60s or 70s, it’s totally up to you.
Get feedback from your seniors and let them come up with the dress up theme they would like as it will get them in your team and they will feel valued.
Venue, Date, Time?
Right so you have the entire company knowing that there is a Christmas party? Check! You have a activity planned out, maybe bowling maybe a Cinema show? Check! You have the staff dressing up in fancy dress? Check! Now it’s time to to double check if everything is correct, to take the stress out for you on the big day:
Time of the day: Most parties are usually in the evening as that’s when people can relax and unwind without fearing that they must go shopping or they have to go to the garage. So get the date and time of the party written down.
Venue: The venue is really important! During Christmas venues get booked really quick, so I recommend that you sort out your venue booking early November if not late October, to avoid disappointment. If you are looking to go to the cinemas, be sure to book the tickets, if you are looking to go bowling, be sure to book the bowling alley!
Confirmation of Attendees: Planning a party to 5 people all the way up to 200 can be very stressful. You can either delegate the job to a senior staff member of hire a events coordinator to manage everything from start to finish. But be sure to get the number correct. When I used to do work parties I used to always book for 5 people extra as if other people do come unplanned. It is good to over book then to under book.
Dress Code: Write so the Christmas party is all set to go. You have everything planned out, the final thing to plan is the dress code. If it is smart or casual, or maybe fancy dress? Get this message out cold and clear so everyone knows and you don’t get last min call on the day or emails asking, what shall we wear?
Now you are all set! Make your Christmas 2015 party a party to remember and get the staff involved as well! Remember to drive safe and drink responsibly.