There is no hiding it, this year has been absolutely mental so far. As it stands, there are no gigs or private events taking place in the UK (and many other countries of course), and that doesn’t look like changing any time before the end of Summer at the earliest. So instead of worrying about what you can’t control, why not start planning for something a little more realistic? If you work in a small team, a start-up or a small business, it may be worth considering booking in for your pick of Shared Christmas Parties.
These events are perfect for businesses with 30 members of staff or less (or more specifically – the amount that will be attending). With teams of this size, it isn’t really always worth hiring out a venue just for yourselves. This is for two reasons. A) You will often still have to pay the same room hire fee as a company with 100+ staff, and B), it’s a little harder to create that high-energy atmosphere on the dance floor with smaller numbers.
Shared Christmas Parties – The Solution
These offer the perfect solution as they are low in cost – often only £50-60 per head. This usually includes a full three course meal, as well as a welcome drink on arrival, plus an in house DJ and Photo Booth to take pictures in.
You can generally pick from a range of themes for your event too. Popular options include The Great Gatsby Ball, Winter Wonderland Ball and the German Christmas Market / Ocktoberfest-style balls.
Alternatively, if you do have a slightly larger team, you may want to consider having a bespoke party planned from scratch. People have had a tough time so far this year, so having a truly fantastic Christmas Party will seriously help improve spirits going forward into 2021.
With all of this in mind, you should already be planning your Christmas Party for the end of this year. Yes, even though it’s May! Give your people something to look forward to. Here are our 3 top tips for making your event a truly unforgettable experience:
Choose The Right Date
If your office(s) are based in a City Centre, you will absolutely want to host your event on a Thursday or Friday. This is simply because a great deal of those who work in big cities such as London, do not actually live there. Make their lives easier by allowing them to travel in no more than is necessary. You will absolutely have a higher turnout on a Thursday or Friday than you will on a Saturday. Moreover, it’s something all of your staff will be excited about on the day of the event!
Choose The Right Venue
Similar to the point above, make sure your venue is not too far from your place of work. Ideally within a 20 minute walk, or 10 minute taxi ride. This way, your team will be able to easily make it to the venue without going too far out of their way. Make sure the venue has suitable capacity for the number of guests you’ll be expecting on the night, and also make sure that the party room is not below, above or next to hotel rooms – as this may mean having to turn the volume down considerably at 10PM.
Choose a Theme
Whilst it’s not for everyone, a lot of people love to dress up. It gives them something to get excited about. And even if they don’t, who doesn’t love walking into a room that is fully themed to match the style of your event? Consider perhaps styling your event as a Winter Wonderland ball – and adding the necessary theming to your room. This may involve having ice sculptures, winter banners, light blue up lights and a fully themed photo booth – to name but a few ideas!
For more information on finding the perfect Shared Christmas Parties, or going fully bespoke, please contact London Christmas Parties. To view our full UK Gig Listing database, please click here.