Time to start plan­ning the Christ­mas party

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THE Christ­mas party is alive and well with man­agers and staff see­ing it as a great way to bond with work col­leagues, leav­ing the usual stress and strain of work at their desk for one night, and en­joy­ing a fun, all in­clu­sive night with their work col­leagues.

How­ever, get­ting the party or­gan­ised is where many com­pa­nies fall down, of­ten leav­ing it so late in the year that it even­tu­ally be­comes a case of ‘we’ll take any­thing we can get’. Don’t fear, how­ever, party venues have got­ten very com­pet­i­tive - so there are some good deals around. Also, party venues are get­ting ever more in­ven­tive, so there’s a lot of va­ri­ety out there.

So, if you’ve left it a bit late - don’t fret; but do get your skates on now. The office party de­pends on the office - not all em­ploy­ees will agree to dress up as sumo wrestlers, even though the very thoughts of grab­bing the boss in a firm head­lock is but a long cher­ished dream.

Some of­fices go all out and adopt a theme for the night with the Roar­ing 20s, Elvis and the tra­di­tional black tie prov­ing to be very pop­u­lar.

Many ho­tels, restau­rants and other venues cre­ate spe­cially tai­lored pack­ages to suit the small­est busi­ness or re­tailer right up to the large multi­na­tional. Most venues cre­ate party pack­ages which in­cludes menu and en­ter­tain­ment with some of Ire­land’s top per­form­ers.

In re­cent times many com­pa­nies have also opted to en­joy a day-time lunch as it can of­fer a more con­ve­nient time frame for those with fam­i­lies to con­sider.

Christ­mas party events may also in­clude golf­ing pack­ages or other ac­tiv­ity based events and lo­cal venues are al­ways on hand to cus­tom make a pack­age that will suit your com­pany’s needs.

It may be a nice idea to travel to an­other town or vil­lage in an­other part of the county or in­deed to stay in the lo­cal vicin­ity, ei­ther way if ac­com­mo­da­tion needs to be ar­ranged don’t leave book­ing any later. It may also be a good idea to think about hir­ing some trans­port, such as a bus or minibus, or in­deed speak­ing to a lo­cal taxi com­pany to see what they can of­fer.

Restau­rants through­out the county also of­fer many ex­cel­lent Christ­mas party pack­ages for lunch and evening meals, with a se­lec­tion of the finest dishes on of­fer. If you have a smaller work­force that would ben­e­fit more from this type of in­ti­mate set­ting and again, in or­der to select the best venue and most ap­pro­pri­ate menu, now is the time to start mak­ing en­quiries.

Christ­mas par­ties of­fer an out­let where co-work­ers can come to­gether and re­flect on the year and from an em­ployer’s per­spec­tive, they are po­ten­tially one of the best ways to boost morale and en­cour­age co-op­er­a­tion and team build­ing in the work­place. And, of course, Christ­mas par­ties are great fun, pro­vid­ing a talk­ing point for weeks, and in­deed months af­ter­wards.

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