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.

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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!

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