Best Parties Everhas revealed telling research from over 1,600 respondents which unveils the motivations and requirements of corporate Christmas celebrations ahead of the party season.
In 2018, it seems our preference for early bookings and being organised topped the charts, with just seven per cent of organisers leaving Christmas to the last minute. 62 per cent said they book three to six months in advance, and 14 per cent have Christmas all wrapped up a very keen 7-12 months ahead.
Fridays remain the most popular day of the week for parties (51 per cent) whilst Saturdays surprisingly come in a close second (35 per cent).
When it comes to the ideas for the party, there is a clear divide. 47 per cent of people like to do something different each year, 20 per cent would prefer to stick to a trusted formula, and 32 per cent like to mix and match tradition with new options.
Surprisingly, small businesses employees expect their employer to foot the bill for the office Christmas party with 49 per cent of respondents agreeing. And they are looking to benefit from a lot more because of it. A third of people suggest that spend per head should be over £50 for their festive celebrations, and for this cost, the preference was a clear 67 per cent focused on an all-inclusive package over split costs with optional extras.
At the party
Debate no more about the food choices at your office event; the people have spoken and have stated that the traditional three course menu is the winner, with 56 per cent of people opting for it. Canapés and finger food nibbles were the least popular choices receiving just four per cent of the votes combined.
Prosecco continues its reign of the tipples with a heady 35 per cent of the vote, just sneaking in ahead of cocktails at 27 per cent.
To get the party started, revellers say that an ‘80s banger is the best beat to get them up on the dancefloor (43 per cent), far outstripping traditional Christmas tunes (15 per cent) and current chart toppers (16 per cent).
Finally, Best Parties Ever is happy to conclude that 79 per cent of respondents stated that they are positively looking forward to their work Christmas party.