With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to relax and celebrate with loved ones. If you’re having a Christmas do, you want it to go off with a bang. Whether you’re planning a work Christmas party or one for family and friends, these points will help for either situation. We’ve put together our top tips for Christmas party planning so you can have the best party which all of your guests will remember.
Be active when organising a Christmas party
Christmas is an inevitably busy time of year. Guests will already have a lot of prior commitments so try and send your invites out as soon as possible to increase turn out. If you’re hiring a venue and caterers, remember they will be being snapped up as well. The sooner you plan and book things, the more you can relax and enjoy your party.
Like most things, you need to set out a budget. This will determine what you can purchase and how much you can spend on each. Use a spreadsheet to record everything you spend so you can keep track of your spending. This also stops you putting too much of the budget on one aspect.
Ask for help
Planning a party can be daunting. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Friends and family (or other employees) will be more than happy to help you cook, decorate and prepare for your party. Let them know as soon as you can in advance so they know what they’re doing.
Make it a night to remember with these Christmas party essentials
You don’t necessarily have to have some form of entertainment at your party but it can be a nice touch. Live music, games, or even performers are a good “headline” for your event in between food, dancing and chatting.
It goes without saying that food is vital at a Christmas party. December is the season to let go of diet culture and enjoy some delicious cuisine, so ensure you provide this for your guests. Even if you don’t go for a sit-down meal, a lavish buffet will keep your guests refreshed throughout the evening. Make sure a great food selection is on your Christmas party planning checklist!
Have a theme
With so many parties around the festive season, it’s a good idea to make yours stand out. Having a theme is a great way to do so. Winter wonderland, ice and snow, ugly Christmas jumpers, there’s a whole variety of ideas you could tailor your party to. It also gives people a chance to dress up if they want to. Even if you’re not having a strict theme, you should let people know if you want them to come in a specific dress code.
What is a party without music? Create a playlist to keep guests dancing all night. Maybe veer away from Christmas music all night long, as this can become tedious. Instead, fit some festive tunes in-between the usual party tracks for a nice variety. If your party has a theme, don’t forget to tie it in with the music.
If you’re looking for the best venue to have your Christmas party, look no further than Sedgebrook Hall in Northampton, where a warm welcome and unrivalled hospitality awaits you. Choose from a party night or private festive lunch with your loved ones. We have a variety of stylish event spaces which can be tailored to your needs. Combine this with mouth-watering food and comfortable accommodation and you have the perfect festive celebration. Our team go above and beyond to give you a fantastic time, so don’t hesitate to get in contact with us today for more information or to book now.