planning the perfect Christmas party;
Get organised early this year, as Judith Palmer tells us how to throw a Christmas party at the office, they won’t forget in a hurry.
So you’ve pulled the short straw – co-workers are suddenly praising your organisational skills, and commenting on how “you always know the best places to eat”. Cupcakes appear on your desk just as a thank-you for being you, and before you know it you are organising this year’s office Christmas party. Thank goodness your list-making is legendary, and your attention to detail impressive – you’re going to need it as you begin to plan a Christmas party to remember.
Firstly, book a date and get the word out. At that time of year people rarely need an excuse to break out the cheesy Christmas music and pop a cork or two, but remember some will need time to organise babysitters and rides home, so plan in advance and send out reminders as it gets closer because someone will always forget!
If your boss is insisting on making a speech, suggest they keep it short, sweet and funny, or maybe just short and sweet...
Party games are a great way to break the ice and help to get the party started, so make sure you have a few prepared. Some good suggestions are a team present-wrapping contest, Christmas carol charades or just tie people in pairs with tinsel and have an old fashioned three-legged race. Be sure to have a couple of forfeits ready for the losing teams and a camera ready to capture all the magic, ready for January’s email newsletter. If you think its going to get lively, plan somewhere in advance to go after the office, but most of all remember it’s your party too, so enjoy!