Last Updated on: 21st November 2023, 10:04 pm
As if you need another reminder, the holiday season is fast approaching – and for many startups, this could be their very first Christmas celebration as a company. Hosting a Christmas party is a fantastic way to foster team spirit, boost everyone’s morale, and show appreciation to your hardworking team. However, planning your first-ever Christmas party as a startup can be a bit overwhelming. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with this comprehensive guide that will help you navigate the festive season with style: what you need to know so you can organise your first-ever Christmas party.
Setting a budget
Before diving into the details of your startup’s first Christmas party, it’s essential to establish a budget. Start by determining how much you can comfortably spend on the event. Remember, the party is a gesture of appreciation, and overspending could strain your finances! But once you have a budget in mind, stick to it as closely as possible to ensure a successful and sustainable event.
Choosing a venue
Selecting the right venue is crucial to the success of your Christmas party. Consider the size of your team and whether you’ll be inviting significant others or families. If your startup is relatively small, you might opt for an intimate gathering at a local restaurant or even your office. However, if you have a larger team, renting a banquet hall or booking a trendy outdoor space (and holding a funfair and going to a fairground hire provider!) might be a better fit.
Picking a date
Finding the perfect date for your Christmas party can be challenging, especially when everyone’s schedules are packed during the holiday season. Send out a survey to your team to identify the most convenient date. Once you have the consensus, lock it in as soon as possible and inform your team well in advance.
Theming and decorations
Creating a festive atmosphere is essential for any Christmas party. Choose a theme that resonates with your startup’s culture and personality – whether it’s a winter wonderland, retro holiday, or a classic Christmas theme, make sure it’s reflected in your decorations, from the entrance to the table settings. Encourage your team to get creative and contribute to the decor, fostering a sense of ownership and unity.
Food and drinks
Of course, the menu is another critical aspect of your Christmas party. You can go for a buffet, a sit-down dinner, or even hire a food truck and catering solutions for a more unique experience. Don’t forget about drinks; a selection of non-alcoholic beverages, as well as alcoholic options, is a must! Arrange for a designated driver service if you plan to serve alcohol to ensure everyone gets home safely.
Entertainment and activities
No Christmas party is complete without entertainment and activities. Hire a DJ or a live band to keep the music going and the dance floor lively, and organise fun games or competitions to engage your team and encourage interaction. A Secret Santa gift exchange is a classic choice that adds a personal touch to the festivities.
Gifts and prizes
Show your appreciation by providing small gifts or prizes for your team members. These can range from personalised holiday cards to tech gadgets or gift cards. Hand out awards to recognise outstanding achievements or contributions over the past year. The thought and effort you put into these tokens of appreciation will go a long way in boosting team morale.