You might have some doubts in the back of your mind about whether your office Christmas party will be a hit with the rest of the team. To help you avert a potential festive farce, here are some handy hints on how to avoid the top Christmas party clangers.
The sit-down meal
While we all like the opportunity to see our colleagues outside of the office, awkward seating arrangements can dampen the festive spirits. Try a stand-up buffet, fondue or canapé meal instead, allowing everybody to move around freely.
The early guest
Everything is ready at the venue; the decorations look fabulous, the music is playing and the staff is ready to serve, but nobody has turned up yet. This year, try launching the event with a Christmas-themed treasure hunt, with the final clue leading to the party destination. Teams will love sharing their tales of adventure.
Your office will inevitably have that one character who tends to gravitate toward the free bar as soon as he or she arrives. Plus, an unlimited bar can put a dent in the budget. A tasting evening, on the other hand, allows colleagues to have a drink without being given too much. Wine is a popular choice, but have a think about beer, cider, or spirits, as well. For those who don’t drink, you can run a cheese or chocolate-tasting event instead.
Buying for someone who wouldn’t normally be on your list can cause heaps of embarrassment, even with the anonymity of a secret santa draw. Try to get to know your colleagues ahead of time and watch out for subtle clues on what they would like as a present.
With thanks to Fresh Tracks, which offers innovative people development programmes and events. For more information, visit freshtracks.co.uk