How To Plan An Office Christmas Party

There is no doubt that the office Christmas party is one of the best work events of the year. What better way to celebrate the festivities and all of the hard work you have achieved together as a team over the last 12 months.

If you’re in charge of planning the end-of-year celebrations you probably know how much of a headache it can be to get it all sorted in time, and ensuring that there is something that everyone will enjoy.

We don’t want you to forget any small details when it comes to planning your office Christmas party, so we have created this guide walking you through every step to finish under-par on your venue, food, refreshments, and entertainment!

Plan Your Office Party ASAP!

The early bird gets a hole-in-one… It’s something like that, right?

Most venues operate on a ‘first come first serve’ basis. If you think that planning your office Christmas get-together in August is too early, think again. That’s just the harsh reality of trying to book any groups in for some festive fun.

The earlier you start, the better chance you have of landing the venues and activities you have on your list.

Most corporate Christmas parties will start to book up really fast when September comes around, especially if you are in a densely populated city. So get ahead of the ball game and start planning as early as possible.

Budget Accordingly

Money makes the world go round…

Unfortunately without any money, planning your office Christmas party stops before you even get to the first tee. Your budget is going to determine the size and scale of your party, and budgeting accordingly is going to save you from going down in office history as a disaster.

So, the most logical thing to do is figure out your party budget before you even start looking at venues, and entertainment. Make sure to get all of the financial details and decisions confirmed by the person in your office responsible for the budget.

Getting this sorted early on will make planning the rest of the party that much easier. It should help you narrow down a shortlist of things to do.

And, remember to take into consideration your company's culture. Would everyone prefer the budget to prioritise entertainment, food, or drink? Or even better, to find something that can cater to all 3? It’s definitely possible, as you’ll discover below.

Choosing The Date

Tee-off time matters.

So you have completed all of the hard work; budgets are signed off, and you have a shortlist of venues, catering, and entertainment options. All that is left to do is pick the date. This should be simple… yes?

Well, not so simple, or at least in every party planner’s experience. Unless by some miracle everyone is free on the exact same date, then you are most likely going to find picking the date whilst planning your office Christmas party difficult.

You have two options. Select the date yourself, send out invitations, and hope that the majority can make it. Or send out a poll via email, collate the replies and pick the date that can accommodate the most people.

The second option is going to upset the least amount of people, and if you take heed of step 1 and plan your party months in advance, you should have plenty of time to sift through email responses and determine the best date.

Plus, colleagues can put your office party on the calendar before making arrangements with their friends and family.

The Perfect Mixture of Entertainment, Food & Drink

Sink the putt for an office Christmas party to remember.

There are a few aspects of a party that are going to make it stick around in people’s minds forever; The entertainment, food, drinks, and the atmosphere of the venue.

That’s exactly where Puttshack comes in! At Puttshack we put a twist on traditional festivities and the game of golf, by combining both with technology, a bar stocked to the brim, a restaurant with an array of mouth-watering foods, and a DJ to create a buzzing atmosphere.

We offer Christmas packages to create a night that everyone in the office will talk about for the next 12 months - until you return a year later!

We cater to a wide range of group sizes that come with everything prepared from the moment you arrive. We can organise your mini-golf, team registration, and all your festive food and drinks before you even step foot through the door.

With first-class food menus, festive drinks selections, impressive event
spaces and our tech-infused mini golf we've got everything you need for the best office Christmas party ever.

If you are looking for more of an exclusive party vibe, then we have several private areas available for hire in all of our venue locations.

Simply pick your Christmas package and call our team today on 020 3912 9400 and we’ll do the rest for you. Alternatively, you can enquire at puttshack.com/enquiry

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