How to plan the best Christmas party

25/09/19

Christmas is an exciting time of year. With all the food, celebrations and reunions occurring, it can be a busy time. If you’re planning a Christmas party, it can be easy to get caught up. We’ve put together a guide to throw the perfect Christmas party.

Start early

Ideally, the earliest you can start the planning process, the better. An event which has been rushed puts a strain on you and can stop you from picking up the venues and caterers that you want. As soon as you have wind of the event, do what you can to get organised. Send the events out as soon as possible to maximise turnout. People tend to be busy around the festive season so it makes it easier if everyone knows their plan.

Budget

Before you can make any decisions, you need to draw up your budget. Obviously, if this is a personal Christmas party it’s likely you’ll have less to spend than if its a corporate event. Regardless, the first stage is to understand how much you have for each aspect. Using a spreadsheet is always handy to have a visual guide of your spending.

Venue

There’s a variety of venue options for a Christmas party. If space allows, throwing one at home is festive and cosy. Alternatively, hiring out hall space is better for bigger parties. If you’re looking for a ticket to a festive celebration in Staffordshire with unbridled hospitality and a fantastic atmosphere, then look no further than Yarnfield Park. We have a variety of flexible event spaces to suit your needs so don’t hesitate to get in contact today.

Food

The word on everybody’s lips. Food is always important at an event but around the Christmas season is even more vital. If you don’t want to have a sit-down meal, a buffet with all the trimmings is a great way to fill everybody up.

Decorate

Really go for the festive theme with your decor. There’s a variety of ways you can do this, be it a simple winter wonderland to lavish traditional decorations and tree.

Music

Think carefully about your music choice. Christmas tunes on all night might be overkill but a few scattered in helps every one to get in the mood. Analyse your guestlist and put something on the playlist for everyone.

Entertainment

Having a band or performers isn’t mandatory. Some parties are perfect just for socialising and enjoying a catch-up. If it’s a bigger event, consider getting some light entertainment such as a magician, comedian, or photo booth. This way people have something to do between dancing.

Special extras

As Christmas is a special time of year, consider having some added extras. This could be organised secret Santa, games or a little awards ceremony for an office party. The prizes don’t have to be major, but little things make a big difference and everyone likes to feel appreciated.

Plan of the evening

This is more relevant if the event is big. Consider having an itinerary of what will happen when throughout the evening. This way caterers, planners and entertainment will always be on the same page and have something to refer back to.