As December quickly approaches, the panic to plan an office Christmas party to remember is in full swing. We have put it off for as long as possible, and now it is falling swiftly upon us. If you are struggling to put together an office Christmas party at the last minute, here are some last minute office Christmas party ideas to help you out.
Find or Create a Venue
It is safe to assume that all of your traditional venue types are booked up by now. However, this just means you are going to have to get a little creative.
Depending on the size of your office, you could go to the theatre, go bowling, or check out your nearest Christmas market and converse over some mulled wine. If you do want to keep it a little more traditional, look into some smaller independent bars and restaurants rather than big names.
Alternatively, you can take the true budget option and see if a coworker will offer their house as a venue, or push some things to the side and transform your office space into a dance floor.
Whether you are feeling creative or not, having some flexibility and making use of what you have is essential to the last minute Christmas party planner.
Book Your Entertainment
You may have to compromise on your choice of venue, but hopefully you won’t have to do so when it comes to booking your musicians. As much as everyone wants to hear the dedicated office DJ’s playlist all night long, nothing brings the life to a party like a professional band or DJ.
Having entertainment gives everyone a spectacle to enjoy and dance along to. Thanks to entertainment booking platforms such as Headliner, you can find quality musicians even if it is last minute. Sure, you may not get your first choice, but you will find some good options that will get the party started and your colleagues out on the dance floor.
Have a Flexible Schedule
Celebrating Christmas with your colleagues on a Friday in December is not going to be easy to pull off with such little time left. Having some flexibility and booking earlier into the week, such as Monday or Tuesday, is going to give you more availability. Most venues also offer a smaller minimum spend on an earlier weeknight, so you also may get to cut some costs with this option.
If you are dead-set on having a Friday celebration, morning Christmas functions are a strong option. Champagne breakfasts or bottomless brunches are a great option and are offered by most popular restaurants. Just don’t expect your employees to come back to the office afterwards.
Maybe you won’t get your dream venue, Friday evening slot, or perfect DJ, but you are still going to have a great time. Just get planning, and don’t forget, a bit of creativity and schedule flexibility will get you a long way.
What kind of office party will you be having this year? Have you any last minute office Christmas party ideas to share?
Midlife mum from Cardiff. Wine Imbiber. Likes glitter, fluff and olives. Approaching tweendom with Caitlin (11) and Ieuan (10). The husband is hiding in the loft.
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