Make your Christmas party shine!
Christmas is fast-approaching and whether you love it or hate it, so is your office Christmas party!Whilst finding a party theme that pleases everyone in your workplace can be difficult, it’s definitely not impossible, and we're here to help. Take a look at our round-up of the best office Christmas party themes out there this year.
Masquerade balls are always a fun office Christmas party theme – they’re fun, glamorous and don’t require a lot of effort. In fact, this theme is perfect balance of satisfying those who would like black tie, with those who want something a little bit more interesting.
Keep both sides happy with easy fancy dress costumes that can be as low-key or extravagant as you like. And if you don’t want to be in fancy dress all night, just take your mask off!
Ski Lodge / Apre Ski
Not everyone can get away to a ski resort for Christmas, so why not bring a ski resort to your colleagues. Dress code can be adapted to suit your company, and theming can be as kitch or sophisticated as is appropriate. This is a great one to have fun with and really present something different that your colleagues may not have experienced before. - Beer cellars, cosy fireplaces. If budgets permit, get the snow machine out, and fun photo booths with ski props are an absolute must here! Some of the cities roof top bars with adequate patio heating are perfect as an alternative atmosphere and adapting to this theme, but make sure you provide inside space for those who prefer their holidays in the sun!
Moroccan paradise / Arabian nights
Be transported into a world of bright colours and mystical intrigue. Where bellowing fabric adorns the ceilings, like a Bedouin tent, and great palm trees sway.
Moroccan tagines take table centre, and low seating and bright colours can be found everywhere.
1920s Think Downton Abbey
This year sees a return of the popular 1920s Great Gatsby party/Downton Abbey Party. There is something universally popular about sophisticated glamour. Lets face it, we rarely have the chance to get dressed up, – think glamorous flapper dresses for the girls and gangster costumes for the guys, Making it classic, easy and fun. Since prohibition was in full swing in the 1920s, serve your drinks in jam jars like a real speakeasy. Hire a jazz band to provide the music for the night and get ready to drink champagne and dance on the tables!
If something classic is more appropriate for your group, and they don’t want to go down the fancy dress, a classic winter wonderland setting could be what you are looking for. Yes it has been done before, but with so many unique venues, there are limitless ways of making this personal, whilst still meeting all the needs of a multi-cultural winter party. Think Sparkling Snowflakes and icicle adorned trees, and stick to a colour scheme of blue, white and silver to make your decorations look elegant and wintery. Subtle twinkling fairy light backdrops are the order of the day and completely transform a venue into a magical winter wonderland. - Note star-cloth backdrops can be expensive to install for a smaller one-off event, so look for a package where they have this theme and it will be much more cost-effective. A touch of glamour can be added with diamante snowflake accessories and bejeweled table centres and chandeliers, making your event sparkle.
The old ones are often the best! Straight away this theme it lends itself to black-tie and sophistication. The advantage of this is that it appeals to a wide audience as it spans 50 years of cinematic history. Think red carpets, exclusive access, martinis and bond silhouettes and for after dinner, the obligatory casino. Colours are red black and either silver or gold, which is why it lends itself so well to Christmas.
Wendy has been organising corporate events for 18 years, and is the founder of meetings matter, a corporate venue finding service. She loves entertaining at home, and at work gets a kick when she is able to secure a venue she knows is going to be perfect for that event brief.