It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Light post decorations are all up throughout strips of local shops, the Myer windows are officially open and of course there’s the array of Christmas treats and decorations in every single supermarket. It’s kind of hard to ignore the festive season and why would you want to, especially if it means having an excuse to throw a fantastic party for you and your work team, celebrating a year’s worth of hard work.
The team at Bell City is very experienced in organising events and functions for the Christmas season and we’ve learnt some tips and tricks along the way that might help in your own planning.
We know…..it’s already November, Christmas is just weeks away and we have the nerve to tell you to get organised!? But hear us out. We’re confident that you’ve been planning for a few weeks, or even months, by now.
Planning in advance just makes sense. Of course it can be hard to justify when you and your team are busy enough, without having to organise a Christmas party. However giving everyone enough notice is crucial for the party to be a success. Ideally you want everyone to be able to attend, so the more notice you give, the less likely people’s plans or dates will clash.
Get out of the office
You and your team have spent this past year together in the office. Even if you work in the most beautiful space, a change is scenery is always appreciated for social events. This also makes it easier to draw the line between ‘work’ and ‘party’ which can prove a challenge in these events.
Bell City has plenty of options for your office Christmas party. From private function spaces like the Bell City ball room, to the wine cellar in CHILL restaurant and bar; we have options for every style and budget.
Set the scene
It’s Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year (as the song goes), so why not embrace the festive season fully. It’s time for celebrating after all. You and your team have worked hard all year and now it’s time to relax and enjoy each other’s company outside the usual work setting.
From the invitations, to table settings, Christmas inspired meals and more; choose a theme and keep the event festive, fun and unforgettable.
Capture the moment
It’s the age of social media, where photos legitimise social events. From our experience there a three ways you can go about this:
1. The common option to hire a photographer.
A photographer can walk through the event, out of the way but still manage to capture candid photographs of the event- including your staff and the venue itself.
2. Polaroids or disposable cameras
Tradition or ‘old school’ has now become a novelty. With everything moving online it can be fun to take photos this way. You just need to make sure that there’s someone willing to do the archaic task of actually getting photos from the disposable cameras developed.
3. #hashtag albums
We’ve seen this trend in our Bell City weddings. How it works is that you choose a specific hashtag that doesn’t already exist (for example #bellcityxmasparty) and ask your guests to tag any photos from the event using that hashtag. This takes the pressure off everyone. People are bound to take their own photos of the event anyway, this way it’s like crowd sourcing and you end up with a fantastic range of happy snaps.
Food and drink
We all know food and drink can make or break any party.
If there’s not enough food then your guests are left enduring the party, waiting for an appropriate time to leave in search of a late night kebab. Alternatively, too much food, especially canapes served by staff, can cause interruptions in the conversation. Guests might enjoy themselves less if they feel like they can’t catch a break between one bite-sized food and another.
Sharing platters or a sit down meal are great alternatives and mean the event focuses on the people and not the food. Bell City has a fantastic range of Christmas inspired menus for your office party with classics like roast turkey, with all the trimmings, Aussie prawns, Pavlova, Christmas pudding and more!
A festive cocktail on arrival is the perfect way to ease into the festivities. Because work and party aren’t common pairings, a Christmas punch or spritz is a great way get into the party mood.