By Mike Walker, managing director of MGN Events
With the festive party season well under way, it is worth a recap of the key points for a successful Christmas party. Surveys show that most staff think that venue, food and entertainment are top of the list when it comes to a good, well-organised office Christmas party.
Is the space adequate for the number of people who will be eating? Venues often try to cram people into space that is simply too small. There is nothing worse than being crammed up against each other, knocking elbows every time you try and eat or drink.
Is there room for people to mingle and talk? Again, make sure you have adequate space for the number of people who will be attending and that they are able to relax in a comfortable space that does not get too hot or noisy.
Food and drink
Ensure there is enough food. If you do have buffet stations ensure there are an adequate mix for the number of guests attending.
If you are providing a buffet style menu, have you checked for allergies and informed the venue? Make sure that all food that may be a problem is clearly labelled; nuts, vegans, vegetarians, gluten free.
If you have pre-paid for an unlimited beer and soft drinks package, why not have buckets of beer available for guests to grab their own dotted around the room.
Ensure that the caterers provide both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Believe it or not, people don’t always want to get drunk at the office party.
A good DJ can make or break a party. Try to mix and mingle entertainment artists into the canapé service at the beginning of the party, helping guests to relax and enjoy the start of the party. Think magicians, caricaturists and dancers!
Don’t insist that people wear fancy dress. Allow people to dress as they wish or perhaps choose a theme like a colour or a particular era e.g. 1920s.