With Christmas party season nearly upon us, now is the time to start planning if you want to make sure your festive do is remembered for all the right reasons.
As with any big seasonal event, all the best local venues and entertainers usually get booked up well in advance – meaning it’s never too early to start getting into the festive spirit.
So dig out your ugliest sweater, put Cliff Does Christmas on the stereo and take a look at our guide to planning the ultimate Christmas party!
Find a great venue
Unless you want to spend your night at home or crammed into the office break room, finding a great venue for your Christmas party should be right at the top of your party planning checklist.
Look for somewhere that’s easy to get to and, more importantly, easy to get home from at the end of the night. But remember, the best party venues will often get booked months in advance, so it’s important to start planning early.
Place a venue hire Bark now and we’ll begin searching for great local party venues on your behalf right away.
Choose a theme
No party is complete without a great theme to tie everything together. This is your chance to get creative with your outfit, and your friends will revel in the opportunity to get all dressed up.
We recommend sending a simple poll around to gauge what sort of event everyone’s in the mood for. Include a fair spread of options, ranging from festive causal to black tie, or even fancy dress.
Then, when you’ve settled on something, place an event decoration Bark to find a great local pro to bring your theme to life.
Make sure the food is top notch
Great food is a must at any party. Drinks will be flowing, and the last thing anyone wants is to be stumbling in the gutter at the end of the night.
Find out what your budget is, check whether anyone has any special eating requirements and look for a menu that has something for everyone.
Whether you’re planning a large sit down meal, or a simple party buffet – we’ll find a great local caterer to line your guest’s stomachs and keep them dancing all night long.
Don’t forget the entertainment!
If you want to go the extra mile to give your guests a night to remember, there’s a huge range of entertainment options you can choose from.
Hiring a photo booth, booking a closeup magician, or even enlisting some event performers are all great ways to get everyone into the party spirit. But the most important ingredient at any Christmas party is music.
Lining up Christmas tunes on a Spotify playlist is all well and good, but you can’t beat hiring a professional DJs if you want to guarantee your guests will be dancing all night long.
Capture the whole night on film
Last but not least, don’t forget to record the evidence! Or, better yet, hire a professional to do it for you.
This is a night your friends will be talking about for months to come, so it’s well worth having someone there to document everything and create a great photo album you can all flick through together in January.
Place your Bark now and we’ll do all the legwork to get you quotes from local event photographers fast and free.