How to Plan a Killer Office Christmas Party
The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year. But there’s no better way to end the year with a festive bang than with a holiday-themed occasion. An office Christmas party is a great way to celebrate the close of another successful year. If you’ve been tasked with planning this Christmas work party, then it’s a good idea to follow a few basic guidelines to get the most impact out of the event. From booking the venue, scheduling the live band, and creating a top-of-the-line, tasty menu, we’ve got your corporate Christmas party covered at La Di Da. With six places to choose from on two levels, you’ll be sure to find the perfect room to accommodate your staff Christmas party.
- Decide on a theme
Picking a theme can be a great way to bring some clarity to your event planning. Deciding the theme can also help you choose your venue based on function and not just aesthetics. Themes can also help you narrow down your menu or give you some new, fresh ideas on how to plan the party. At La Di Da, we can accommodate any party themes. We’ll help you decide on decorations and fully deck out the room you choose for a holiday get-together.
- Consider hiring an event planner.
Planning a Christmas party from start to finish can be stressful and complicated. If you want to keep costs low and make the process smoother, it might be a good idea to hire an event planner. An event planner can help you choose a menu and drink list that’s aligned with your theme and also your budget. Using a professional to help you plan and execute your office Christmas party can make the process go much more quickly and smoothly, thus saving you on potential costly mistakes.
- Choose the best time for your party.
More than two-fifths of corporate events take place during the lunch hour. Lunch events are popular choices, but not everyone can join the party if someone needs to stay at the office and answer calls. However, lunch hour events can help you save on costs, and reduce obligations on employees’ personal time and after-work commitments.
Evening events do enable more employees to attend, but costs can be higher depending on which day of the week it is. Weekend events will usually come with a higher price tag than mid-week parties. Friday and Saturday are super popular days for restaurants and other function venues. Here at La Di Da, we can accommodate you for a lunch hour corporate event or a big weekend bash.
- Create a Menu
The menu is one of the most important aspects of an office Christmas party. Plate meals can be more cost-effective than buffets, and can also be considered more elegant than a buffet. Your menu choices should also reflect the theme you’ve chosen for your staff Christmas party. You can also pick fresh fruit for centerpieces that are inexpensive but can also enhance the holiday atmosphere. Consider strawberries capped with whipped cream or even bowls of candy canes to bring a little festive flair to the tables. Also, keep in mind that your food and drink choices reflect any special dietary needs your team members may have.
At La Di Da, we give you the ability to choose from our pre-selected menu items, or we can help you create a custom list of tasty treats for your staff and colleagues. We offer different food and beverage packages that can suit any team size.
- Drinks and Beverages
Most employees won’t want to attend an event if there isn’t at least some alcoholic beverage on the menu. At La Di Da, we offer our valued guests an impressive and extensive cocktail, wine, champagne, and drink specials lists. We can help you narrow down your selections that will be sure to delight your employees, and we can also create signature cocktails at competitive prices to keep your costs and intoxication levels low.
Once you choose your theme, you’ll want to set the mood with eye-catching and festive decorations further. We’ll help you create and source affordable Christmas decorations that will align perfectly with your theme.
- Room Function
The size and the message of your office party will determine which one of our rooms will best serve your needs. We provide a range of fully equipped rooms that can accommodate any size team or even a live band. You can choose from a smaller, private dining experience in our Cocktail Bar. Or decide to host your party in the Basement with a dedicated, fully stocked bar and world-class DJ equipment.
- Save the Date
Once you’ve chosen a date, booked the venue, and picked an ideal time for your party, you can send out the invitations via social media. Using digital invitations can save on costs, too. And there is a variety of free and low-cost programs you can use to decorate your invitations further and keep them aligned with your chosen theme. Crafting and sending out invitations via email will save you on postage costs and it’s easy just to hit ‘send,’ putting it in your employee’s inbox within seconds.
At La Di Da, all of the hard work that you’ve put into planning your Christmas party will show. Our world-class venue is one of Melbourne’s best. You can rest assured that you’ll be getting an entertaining, memorable office Christmas party that will strengthen your team and help your employees feel appreciated. We offer Christmas party packages, in many different room sizes and accommodations for all party themes, functions, and sizes. Contact us today and let’s get started planning your killer office party!