Top tips for a successful staff Christmas party
It’s that time of year again – when bosses and their colleagues start thinking seriously about the matter of the not-so-serious company Christmas celebrations. Here’s our seven-point plan for festive-season success.
1. Pick and book your venue
The Christmas party season is a busy one, with everyone keen to secure a prime venue that’s ideal for their needs, so make sure you choose yours – whether large or small – and book it in good time. Popular places get snapped up quickly – we know, because Canada Bay Club is one of them! You’ll also need to consider your budget and the number of attendees, which will influence the size of the venue and style or theme of your celebration. We offer a number of different options to choose from here at Canada Bay.
2. Transport and parking options
Many people have to travel fair distances to get to their place of work, so planning ahead to enable your staff to get safely to and from the event is essential. For instance, you might want to consider organising transfers to a convenient public transport hub, as you’ll want to encourage as many guests as they can to leave their cars at home – for obvious reasons. If that’s not possible, it’s worth checking out the parking facilities available – Canada Bay Club offers free parking. In terms of public transport, take time to do some research into the frequency and proximity of bus and train services and inform your staff well in advance so they can make arrangements.
3. Steer clear of the Sydney CBD
We’ve all been there – stuck in traffic jams in Sydney over the pre-Christmas period. The city centre at this time of year can become a nightmare to get into and out of – especially at peak festive-season party time. We consider ourselves very fortunate that Canada Bay Club manages to balance a conveniently central location without the inner-city gridlock, which is why more and more companies, large and small, are choosing to put on their functions here.
4. Embrace the festive spirit
Once you’ve set a budget and secured your venue, it’s time to get creative. Get into the spirit of the season by decorating your party space – there are so many outlets that pop up over the Christmas season, selling all the trimmings required for a fun and fabulous event at a reasonable price. Alternatively, if you’re booking an event at Canada Bay Club, we can deck the halls for you.
Getting staff to each bring a Kris Kringle or Secret Santa gift is a lovely way for people to mix and mingle, but limit the amount they spend – no more than $10 per person, say. It’s amazing how creative they’ll get.
Other options might be for everyone to bring a small gift to donate to a local community charity, at a time of year when those less fortunate feel it the most. Or why not organise a raffle or hand out door-prize tickets to each guest as they arrive to add even more Christmas spirit to your end-of-year speeches.
5. Make your staff feel welcome
You’ve decorated the room and organised the food and beverages (be sure to consider any specific drink and dietary requirements in your initial planning, as well as providing plenty of water), so now the celebrations can begin. Have members of staff at the door to greet everyone and make them feel at home before they start mingling over drinks.
For a sit-down meal, setting up seating arrangements beforehand with table place cards is definitely worthwhile. This can also be a great way to give staff the chance to meet colleagues from different departments they might not usually come into contact with in the course of their normal working day.
6. Just add music
If music be the food of love, as Shakespeare once wrote, it’s also most definitely the icing on the cake for good times. Put some thought into your festive-season soundtrack – whether you go for a live band, a DJ or recorded music. It’s important to ‘read the room’ to create or enhance the mood of your event, but as a general rule of thumb, start by keeping the music low-key so that people can chat over drinks and their meal. As the plates are cleared and any speeches, prize-giving and gift-swapping are over, that’s when to pump up the volume for guests to let their hair down.
7. It’s all about your team
Finally, remember that an end-of-year party is about celebrating the efforts and achievements of your staff over the year. With our welcoming team to look after every aspect of your event, even you will be able to relax and enjoy the party. Cheers!
Canada Bay Christmas Package
Let us take care of all your corporate end-of-year catering needs so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the day. Our Christmas menu offers fresh, festive, delicious food with traditional favourites.
$69 per person (minimum 40 adults)
or $59 per person Monday-Thursday bookings.
Shared platters entrée
Seafood platter of fresh oysters, prawns, smoked salmon and calamari
Honey-glazed ham, mustard dressing and crusty bread
Alternate main courses
Roast turkey with roasted vegetables, savoury stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy
Mini rump lamb with potato gratin, roasted vegetables, gravy and mint jelly
Traditional Christmas pudding with homemade brandy sauce
Aussie Christmas pavlovas with tropical fruit and Chantilly cream
Christmas package includes
Room hire – 4.5-hour event, including private bar and guest facilities
White table linen
Self-serve coffee and tea
Christmas centrepieces including bonbons
Access to screens and music for even more Christmas cheer!
Included in every booking is a bonus bottle of red or white wine for every table booked!
Additional options available
Beverage packages, including signature cocktail
Canapés on arrival
Party DJ or live entertainment and photo booth
Chair covers and additional theming