5 Steps to Planning an Unforgettable Christmas Party

It’s that time of year again! Christmas is just around the corner, which for many corporations comes with the promise of an unforgettable office party. For employers, it’s an opportunity to show their appreciation to their staff for a year of hard work. For employees, it’s an opportunity to over-indulge, mingle with staff outside of their direct team and celebrate their work achievements.

For a successful end of year bash that reflects your business and rewards your employees, follow these 5 simple steps to planning an unforgettable office party.

5 Steps to Planning an Unforgettable Christmas Party - Doltone House

1. Decide on the Style of Event

The number of guests and the budget will usually determine the style of your event. Cocktail parties, lunches and dinners are popular options, but have you considered doing something totally different this year?! Like a cheese and wine pairing night, a Christmas high tea party, a whole porchetta banquet or a casual BBQ on Sydney harbour? You will be happy to hear, our 2017 Christmas packages cover all of these, with venues that can cater for groups from 20 to 4000. For smaller teams, booking a table or two at our communal Christmas parties, or utilising our off-site catering services are great options.

2. Select a Venue

For convenience, it’s a good idea to select a venue that is close to your office, with excellent transport links! Private venues will ensure the best possible Christmas party experience, where the attention of service will be solely on your guests. Our growing collection of Sydney venues provide exclusivity for corporate Christmas parties, with more than 18 unique event spaces to choose from in some of Sydney’s most inspiring settings. For budgets that don’t allow for a private booking, we can deliver our Doltone hospitality to your office with our off-site catering packages.

5 Steps to Planning an Unforgettable Christmas Party - Doltone House

3. Deck the Halls

Adding a theme to your Christmas party based on a colour or fancy dress idea is a great idea to get your staff in the spirit of Christmas. Our in-house stylists suggest an opulent gold theme for a traditional look or white and blue for a winter wonderland theme. Start with the table decor and lighting and if your budget permits, create an Instagram-worthy photo backdrop that will beg your guests to stop and snap a pic! House of Doltone has a huge collection of decor and props to take your Christmas event to the next level! View their most recent work on Instagram @houseofdoltone

4. Secure Catering

Delicious food and drink is the key ingredient to any Christmas party! Whether you’re planning a cocktail party with canapes, a long lunch, decadent dinner or sharing style menu, selecting a venue that is renowned for their food offerings will reflect well on your brand and ensure your guests are well fed and watered. Did we mention we were the 2016 winner of best Function/Convention Centre Caterer from Restaurant and Catering Sydney? Just saying.

5 Steps to Planning an Unforgettable Christmas Party - Doltone House

5. Provide Entertainment

Entertainment is a key element to any good party. You want to see your guests relaxed and enjoying themselves, and entertainment is the key. Live bands, DJ’s, photo booths, magicians and dancers are are a good place to start. Guests love interactivity, so something like an interactive cocktail party at Signorelli Gastronmia, cooking class or cheese and wine masterclass will also be a hit. Or perhaps you like our theatrical dessert station idea? Whatever you decide, adding an element of fun to your end-of-year Christmas party will ensure your guests let their hair down and stick around to the end.

Let’s Get This Party Crackin

With a choice of day and night, sit-down or cocktail style events, you’ll be spoilt for choice with our Christmas venues and event packages. For more information please download our 2017 brochures.

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