Set up a Christmas Party Committee. Give them a realistic budget and a clear brief. Decide if the event is going to be staff only, staff and their partners, or families. If your party is staff only, what’s the average age? What are their hobbies and interests? If you’re catering to staff and their partners, do any of their partners have special needs or disabilities?
If it’s a family party will there be presents for the children? If so double count the kids expected to attend and make sure Santa has a spare present or two on hand. There is nothing sadder than one kid missing out. Make sure you have age appropriate entertainment for the children you expect to attend. Have a clear policy about alcohol consumption, this is a good idea for all staff parties, but it’s particularly important if some of your staff have young families and others don’t.
If you are inviting customers to your Christmas party you should think about have a separate staff only party where your team can relax and let off some steam without embarrassing themselves or damaging the company reputation in the eyes of an important client. Some larger organisations have both a staff & family Christmas party and an adult only Christmas party.
Do you want a simple meal and a few drinks or do you want a party with a theme or an activity? Will it have a teambuilding element?