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How to plan the perfect Christmas party for your team!

Posted: 04 November 2021

We've made it through another challenging year and 'tis the season to celebrate!

Most teams have spent more time apart than together this year, so the pressure is on to make it one to remember! If you're tasked with planning your work Christmas party fear not, we're taking away the stress with our party planning guide!

1. Pick the right venue…

Perhaps the most important element of any Christmas party is the venue! The location should be your first concern: is it within easy reach of potential guests? Are there ways for people to get home without having to rely on a cab?

Another element to consider is the layout of the venue. Try finding a space that has both communal and intimate areas – so that extroverts and introverts are comfortable.

Think numbers – can the venue cater to your number of guests? – We can fit up to 40 people in our venue and in an age of social distancing we make sure everyone has enough room!

Set the right mood…

Perfecting the atmosphere should be your next on the list – don’t leave it to the day of the party! Start by figuring out the general tone of the get-together: there is a big difference between an office Christmas party set in the day with clients and one held in the evening with just direct staff, so plan accordingly - make a playlist, suss the lighting and don’t be afraid of a few festive props!

Ambience is everything – we provide our guests with a cosy Christmas themed dining area to enjoy their dinner after all their hard work in the kitchen!

Get your menu in order…

Christmas food should be integral to any festive party! Apart from anything else, it brings people together and gives them something to talk about.

Catering for large numbers can be stressful, so it is important to plan a menu that is well-conceived and above all achievable – remembering to cater to everyone’s dietary needs.

We take all the stress out of menu planning by providing a number of options to suit everyone, including veggies, vegans and those who don’t drink!

Make sure the drinks match up…

This being the season of plenty, make sure the drinks options are as wide and varied as possible. Cocktails and mocktails always go down a treat and work well in many different contexts.

To keep things seasonal plan tipples around Christmassy flavours like cloves, cinnamon, clementine and cranberry – all of our Christmas experiences feature seasonal mulled cocktails!

A few glasses of fizz never go amiss either - we give our guests a glass of complimentary prosecco on arrival to help get them in the mood!  Wine, beer and soft drinks should come as standard – extra points if you can match them to the flavours of the food.

Don’t forget to enjoy yourself…

Planning all these elements ahead of time will allow you to enjoy the festivities as much as the rest of the guests. So once your work is done, grab a drink and try to relax – you’ve earned it!

And if you want to keep things really stress-free…

Celebrate the festive season with us! We have some great Christmas Cookery Experiences to choose from! Whether you want the full Christmas dinner experience, a gingerbread baking challenge or prefer to join us virtually from the comfort of your own home.

Get in touch and we will plan the perfect Christmas for you and your team! 

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