IT may seem like Summer is only over but Christmas is fast approaching and it's the ideal time for companies to start preparing for the traditional Christmas Party.
In these straightened times the cost of staging Christmas party for staff can be a headache for business owners but it is possible to host a good, morale boosting party for your employees without breaking the bank.
Most successful company Christmas parties really don't need to involve great expense. The main ingredients are simple, tasty but simple food, plenty of soft drinks, a limited amount of moderately priced alcohol and some good music.
If you decide to go out for a meal make sure someone compares restaurant prices before hand because there are often many last minute group discounts available and good deals to be had, especially on weekdays.
Consider asking another local business to combine with you in a joint party, this could prove quite interesting as well as being much less expensive.
Throwing a themed party in the office is also an option and there are no end of local businesses who can provide reasonably priced buffets and refreshments for an office based knees up.
If it's your job to organise the staff Christmas party, you might be wondering where to start.
Being in charge of your company's Christmas Party can seem a bit daunting at first but putting together an good yuletide shindig doesn't have to be rocket science.
Leaving the planning of the Christmas party to the last minute, will only give you a headache, and you might find yourself forced to do something less than perfect because all of the great party ideas and venues have been taken and booked up. It's never too early to start thinking about the Office Christmas Party and most venues will usually be happy to take bookings as early as October
Talk to your boss to find out if the company will be paying for the whole party or if employees might be expected to supplement the cost per person. If so, make sure everyone knows how much they are expected to pay and when that money is needed by. Once you have your budget you'll be able to decide what sort of package, venue and entertainment you can afford to book.
The location is also very important Spend some time thinking about where the best place is to have your Christmas party. Is it easy to get to, or will you need to arrange transport. You might have an idea for an amazing party, but if no one can get there and back easily then you're facing a long lonely night.
Remember, it's not your Christmas party, it's for all the company to enjoy, so make sure you do spend a little time asking people's opinions. You might find some great inspiring ideas that you hadn't previously considered and you are more likely to choose something most people can enjoy if you talk to them first.