The office Christmas party is a great way to let your hair down, celebrate the year that was, and build solidarity amongst the team. However, making sure it goes off without a hitch, involves a lot of hard work and planning. Here are few tips that we've compiled to ensure that you throw an office Christmas party that will be remembered for all the right reasons.

1 - Ask! Ask! Ask!

Before you start making any decisions, it is important that you ask the employees about what they liked/disliked about previous office Christmas parties, any improvements they'd like to see made and any other recommendations they may have. This is  important as they are they will be the ones attending the event and their opinion will determine the success of the whole thing. Receiving feedback from employees will provide you with the preliminary information you need to make your party decisions.

2 - Decide On The Venue & Date

Most other workplaces will also be looking for a venue for their own office Christmas party around November to mid-December, so it is crucial that you book early to secure a spot. The venue you decide to book must have adequate room to accommodate the entire party, fits your theme (if you have one) and is easy for people to get to.

You may even decide to throw the Christmas party at the office. This is a cost-effective place to hold your party, that effectively eliminates the threat of not being able to find a venue. To find temporary workers to help out with your in-office Christmas party, check out Workfast

Also, the date and time of the office Christmas party is a crucial element of the office Christmas party. It is important to try and set a time and date that is convenient for most people to attend, especially since the Christmas period is a very busy time for gatherings with family and friends.

3 - Stick To Your Budget

The budget is one of the most important elements of the office Christmas party, as it determines the scope and size of the celebrations. If you have a smaller budget, you will need to be savvier with your money and sniff out deals, set menus, cheap nights for venues, and so on. You should also make sure that you keep track of all your expenditure with receipts, as well as jotting down all the deadlines for any payments that need to be made

4 - Determine The Guest List

Obviously, all the employees are invited. However, you must also determine whether or not you want to keep it closed and just make it a company event, or open it up and allow employees to bring a plus one. If you allow plus ones, be prepared for the number of attendees to grow exponentially. This will require additional planning to make sure that your choices for the office Christmas party will be able to accommodate everyone.

5 - Food

Aside from having sufficient food to cater to the tastes of the party, it is also important to be aware of  and cater to all food allergies, intolerances and special dietary requirements. Having a selection of foods that are inclusive and observes all dietary needs will ensure that everyone gets fed and no one gets left out.