1. Specific Guidelines
Before you even begin to choose your decorations or your playlist, you must ask yourself important questions: How many people will you invite? How many employees attended last year? What is your budget? What kind of Christmas party have you in mind? These guidelines will help you make decisions throughout your planning.
2. A Multitalented Organizing Committee
Your organizing committee must gather diverse forces. It’s useless to have seven creatives person if none of them is comfortable with a budget. You can avoid this problem by choosing resources from different departments. Make sure to have at least one person good with numbers, a negotiator, a logistics ace and someone with a nice writing.
3. A Strategic Date
You won’t have a huge attendance a December 23 and perhaps your employees won’t be in a very Christmassy mood on November 1st. The key is to find the right balance.
4. An Original Location
You will provide a more festive atmosphere to your employees by choosing a location out of the office. Several hotels, including the Hôtels Gouverneur, offer turnkey packages providing a practical solution and avoiding many logistical hassle!
5. A Unifying Theme
You don’t want a too complicated theme that will discourage your employees. Aim for a simple theme that will unify everyone.
6. Engaging Funding
Funding is important to avoid too expensive ticket prices. You certainly know the famous half and half draw, which is very popular. You can also think outside the box. Why not surprise your colleagues with original funding ideas?
7. Festive Entertainment
Obviously, a good DJ or an upbeat playlist is essential to animate your party. You can also provide some activities to ensure a constant flow of entertainment during the evening.
8. An Official Designated Driver System
You must provide a safe ride home system for your employees. There are several companies offering drive-home packages as Point Zero 8 and Operation Red Nose.
9. A Post Mortem Survey
Regardless the efforts you put into the organization, the Christmas party will never make everyone happy. It’s always good to know what your employees have appreciated and what needs improvements. This will help you a lot for next year's planning.
10. And Remember Above all ...
have fun, because it’s your party too!