There are obviously many ways to plan a corporate Christmas party. Every employee has made significant contributions to make the successful during the year, and they, naturally, are looking forward to a fantastic Christmas party at the end of the year. It is the opportunity they have to relax, kick back and enjoy the celebrations provided by the employer. A corporate Christmas party acts as a great morale booster and is the way to say those powerful words “thank you” so that your employees wind down the year with a positive frame of mind and return to work in the New Year happier to take the business to greater heights.
Choosing the venue
Picking the right corporate function venues for your Christmas party is among the most important aspects of organising a great party. Christmas is the most important festival season of the year, and obviously, there will be a plethora of offers from prominent hotels to traditional halls and other private party organisers. But, how do you make a difference and pick a unique venue that can leave indelible imprints in the minds of your employees?
Benefits of choosing an Adventure/Theme Park
Have you thought of hosting the corporate Christmas Party this year in a theme park? One of the main advantages of choosing a theme park for your corporate Christmas Party is that it is an inclusive venue where every member of your employees and their families get to participate and enjoy the event to the hilt. Theme parks offer a wide range of opportunities for the young, young at heart and the old alike. Apart from this, the uniqueness that it offers will be a distinct factor that your employees will remember for a long time.
Research and plan ahead
Obviously, planning ahead is the key to getting the best out of anything, and that is true of your Christmas party too. Thorough research of available opportunities regarding different venues, activities, space, catering, entertainment, etc. should be undertaken to determine what is most suited to your needs. This is a Corporate Christmas party, right? So resist the temptation to cram up too many people into too little space. You are always better off looking at a different venue than looking at unhappy employees at the end of the event. The place you choose should have enough lung space, entertainment for all ages, plenty of activity, music and invariably a lavish catering.
Adventure parks offer sprawling real estate
A significant advantage with adventure parks/theme parks is the sprawling property most of them have. It will give you the ability to earmark a large space exclusively for your employees so that they get to enjoy the evening without any interruption from other revellers. You can choose appropriate space for small as well as large groups of people depending on the numbers you are planning for.
The next thing that comes up is planning enough activity across age groups. Why not involve some of the employees in planning out this part of the Christmas party? This way you are adding to their sense of belonging and they will feel the importance that you are giving to their participation in planning the event. You will always have the liberty to design the final content depending on what the theme park has on offer and your budget.
Food and drinks
Food and drink constitute, perhaps, the most important part of the evening. Be as liberal as you possibly can be on this. Allocating some 50% of your overall budget to this segment would be very desirable. Again, make sure that you pay close attention to the age profile of the participants. Remember that food preferences vary widely between the young and the old. Similarly, choose the drinks wisely with enough quality munching to go along with it. Your caterer can be a huge help in designing this section appropriately. Think of a unique menu or exceptional items from a Thai/Asian/Japanese or Mexican delights. Some fruits like Pineapples afford great opportunities for innovation. Cut the whole pineapple into two halves, scoop out the flesh from inside to make an ice cream holder. Dress up the outside and fill the two halves on the rocks cream when ready to serve. True that this may not be viable for large groups, but you can think of a similar innovation such as coconut shells which may be available in large numbers with adequate planning. Things that are available locally and can create that ‘who’ feel is what you should be considering. If time permits, run a contest among your employees for ideas and reward the best ideas at the Christmas party even if you don’t choose any of those ideas.
Sound and Music
Sound and Music with some dance and other forms of entertainment is integral to any party. Check what the theme park/adventure park has on offer. More importantly, how can your employees participate? Do you have an in-house band that can perhaps play during the occasion? Does the theme park provide the necessary facilities in that case?
Finally, it is time to create a perfect schedule for your corporate Christmas party. Speak to your HR and see what would be the last working day of the year. Coming back to work the day after the party is not a good idea. Allow time for people to relax and savor the festive season. Maybe, closer to the New Year Day is convenient to all. Check for the holiday plans of individual employees because if a significant number of them are going to be away, your corporate Christmas party can potentially lose its sheen. Let your employees have a tentative schedule, months before the event. Many individuals start planning their year-end holidays months in advance and won’t want to miss out on the corporate event you are planning.
Remember also to have a small team coordinating the entire event.