Now is the time to book for party nights

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Okay, you may not have re­cov­ered from your sum­mer hol­i­day yet, but now is the ideal time to start plan­ning your Christ­mas night out.

Ho­tels and restau­rants are start­ing to ad­ver­tise their Christ­mas party pack­ages on of­fer with dis­counts to be had.

As any­one who has ever had to or­gan­ise an of­fice Christ­mas party knows, it pays to get started with your plan­ning as early as you can.

So, use this time while ev­ery­one else is busy talk­ing about sum­mer hol­i­days to start think­ing ahead to where and when you want to have your Christ­mas party this year.

In par­tic­u­lar you need to start think­ing about where you will hold this year’s fes­tive bash.

The right venue can make or break your of­fice party and make it a night to re­mem­ber, or one your col­leagues would rather for­get.

And it does no harm to start ring­ing around and mak­ing en­quiries now.

Most likely venues would wel­come you mak­ing an early book­ing rather than hav­ing to turn you away be­cause you left it too late.

Hold­ing your party in the of­fice might be cheaper, but try­ing to turn even a mod­ern, well-de­signed of­fice into a cheery Christ­mas party venue is likely to see it end­ing up look­ing like a school disco.

And it’s hard to shake off the wor­ries and stresses of work when you’re still in the work­place.

On the other side of the coin, do you re­ally want your staff to let their hair down in the of­fice, with all the con­se­quences if things get a lit­tle out of hand?

Get­ting a good idea of the num­bers at­tend­ing will help you de­cide on the size of the venue or venues you should be look­ing at.

If it’s a large party you might want to book an all-in-one func­tion room.

A small party and you’re prob­a­bly look­ing at a res­tau­rant table fol­lowed by a trip to a bar or club.

Lo­ca­tion is key and you want to make sure that, a) it’s easy for ev­ery­one to get to, and b) it’s big enough to fit your crowd in.

Think about whether you want lots of places for peo­ple to sit down or a big dance floor, and do you want ca­sual or for­mal.

If it’s in a town or city cen­tre you can usu­ally leave it up to in­di­vid­u­als to make their own way home.

If you’re hav­ing an out-of-town party, you may need to ar­range for a coach or even to pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion.

If any of your col­leagues or con­tacts can rec­om­mend a venue, lis­ten to their advice.

The chances are that the suc­cess will be re­peated.

What­ever venue you choose, ask around for first-hand rec­om­men­da­tions be­fore you book.

So now that your sum­mer hol­i­day is a dis­tant mem­ory, be smart and start think­ing about Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions.

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