The most exciting thing about this time of year is always getting ready for Christmas. Everyone is looking forward to putting their feet up, relaxing with friends and family, and indulging in feasts of festive food – but first, someone has to organise the seasonal celebrations for the office. Throwing a workplace party that keeps all your colleagues happy can be tricky, but following a few simple guidelines will ensure that everything goes smoothly.
Find out dietary requirements
Send an email to colleagues asking them to detail any dietary requirements, such as nut allergies, and obtain numbers for vegetarian options. If your venue is catered, this needs to be done as far in advance as possible. Not everyone will be completely satisfied with the menu options, but try to offer three or four alternatives for a main course, alongside a good selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. If alcohol is being served, it is a good idea to find the number of a local taxi service, to ensure everyone can get home safely at the end of the night. Thoughtful gestures like emailing round a map of the venue and the nearest transport links will also be appreciated.
Ask for help
Organising an office Christmas party is not a task that should be undertaken alone. Send a group email asking for volunteers and delegate tasks accordingly, making sure decisions are made fairly and democratically. Even if people don’t want to give up too much time, you can entrust them with smaller tasks like creating a festive playlist, buying or baking Christmas cakes and mince pies, and making festive decorations.
Organise a Secret Santa
This is often the most fun part of any workplace Christmas party, especially if a colleague volunteers to dress up as Santa Claus to hand out gifts. Set a budget for the best results, as this will avoid the awkwardness of judging how much people spent. You can either pick names out of a hat, or fiendishly match people up yourself, then just wait to see what kinds of hilarious or inexplicable presents your colleagues come up with!
Set a budget, and stick to it
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