Christmas Parties – trends and tips

We love Christmas, and with the booking window already open it's time to start to thinking about your Christmas party. So here are a few tips to help make it your most spectacular yet, along with our thoughts on the top trends for 2017.

1.   Get your team involved in planning

There can be a lot of pressure to get the Christmas party right and to please everyone, so we advise organisers to involve the whole business (where possible!) in the initial planning phase.  Find out what employees would like around areas such as themes, dates and locations to ensure everyone has had their say and plays a part in the final plan coming together. This way, you're much more likely to be able to satisfy more people and ensure everyone is excited before they even receive an official invite!

2.  Maximise the time out

It's also worth bearing in mind that you can explore a daytime alternative to the more traditional evening Christmas party, or add on a daytime activity to make the most of the time out of the office. A festive afternoon tea, sports activity such as clay pigeon shooting, or spa day are just some of the ways to add more value to your Christmas party, as an extra thank you to staff. If you're short on time we offer an 'Escape the Office' lunch to work around your schedule too. It's all about what works for you and your employees.

3. Be creative!

With 2017 bookings already rolling in, we can see that themed party nights are more popular than ever. Vintage glamour, winter wonderland and casino nights are coming out on top, but we've noticed a growing number of clients moving towards more unusual themes, too.

Inspired by the surge in Christmas Markets touring the UK, our German Market themed parties are particularly popular, where attendees are encouraged to wear Christmas jumpers and are served from authentic stalls placed inside the venue, creating a unique and extra festive atmosphere.

Our 80s and 90s disco party nights have also increased in popularity this year, allowing groups to indulge in a sense of nostalgia, with all the novelties you'd expect and a playlist to get the party started. The theme can be planned around the age of your group to ensure everyone can get involved and get their dancing shoes on.

4.   Remember, it's not too late

If you've not yet secured your Christmas party for 2017, there's still plenty of time to talk to our events team to see how we can add our own Christmas spirit to your celebrations and help to plan the perfect event. 

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