F YOU have found yourself with the responsibility for organising a festive get together of friends, family or work colleagues, it’s not too late to get everything sorted - but you’ll want to move quickly if you are to make sure your favourite restaurant or nightspot isn’t fully booked.
These sort of gatherings are more popular than ever before, but the likelihood is that it will be much easier if you are catering solely for people you’re extremely familiar with. After all, you’re far more likely to know the culinary preferences of your friends and family, and there’s a very good chance you’ll share similar tastes.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said when it comes to organising a work party - and the role as head of festive frivolities comes with a range of unique pressures.
Not only is there a lot of planning involved, but you’ll no doubt feel an extra pressure to impress your colleagues and even - gulp! - your bosses.
So we’ve put together this quick five-point guide to help you on your way to a cracking
Christmas do that doesn’t involve you and your guests drinking warm plastic cups of Prosecco next to the printer. Christmas meal followed by drinks and somewhere to dance? Do you want a sit-down meal only? Perhaps just a bar to be merry at? Or maybe you have a bumper budget ready to prepare a full-blown winter wonderland?
Whatever you choose, you’ll need to arrive at a decision quickly as this will heavily influence what you need to book. Make sure you use your budget to secure all of the important things first.
A venue, food, drink and entertainment should be ticked off your party-planning list before any novelty decorations or little touches. Choose somewhere that is easy to get to, is big enough to fit all of your colleagues in and provides all of the services you want.
Once you have a shortlist of options, the first thing you have to check is if the date you had in mind is available when you call to book. Many places take Christmas bookings months in advance, especially for the week leading up to the last Friday before December 25.