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Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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