Top Tips for Planning a Corporate Christmas Party in London this December
By the time you sit down to read this, Christmas will be officially less than three weeks away, which means if you haven’t yet planned your corporate party yet, time is seriously running out.
Not that anybody could blame you for not quite getting round to organising your business’s big end-of-year bash. Having talked to a number of guests at our corporate stay apartments in Canary Wharf over the last few weeks, we understand just what a hectic time of year this can be for you and your top executives.
With contracts to finalise, projects to wrap up, and a string of industry events to attend, the supposedly simple task of putting together an event has somehow fallen by wayside.
The good news, is that it’s actually not too late to plan with the perfect Christmas party.
Struggling to get something together at the last minute? Smart City spoke to our Canary Wharf serviced apartment guests and asked what they were doing to get their seasonal celebration sorted before December 25th.
Opt for a Daytime Do
Whilst holding your party in the day time may mean eating into precious office hours, it’s a small price to pay to ensure your employees arrive at work the following morning feeling fresh, alert, and ready for a productive day.
Those evening celebrations, whilst certainly more traditional, often go on quite late, leaving your star players sidelined with the morning-after-the-night-before blues.
That, however, isn’t the only advantage of holding your corporate Christmas party in the day time.
At this time of year, many top venues will have been booked up for months during the evening hours, but will still have some availability during the day. This means that those of you who have left the planning until now will have a greater choice of venues than you would if you stuck rigidly an evening celebration.
Do Something Different that Doesn’t Require Hiring a Venue
So, despite having a number of high brow function venues close to your corporate stay apartments in Canary Wharf, you sadly haven’t been able to secure any of them.
Is that it then? Do you declare Christmas well and truly cancelled at your company?
Not at all. Don’t be such a mean one, Mr. Grinch, there’s still an abundance of opportunities to spread a little festive cheer among your employees.
Perhaps you could arrange a corporate outing to the magical realm of Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, or stay a little closer to home base and organise an afternoon at the Canary Wharf ice rink.
If you would much prefer a more subdued, sit-down affair, our recent blog on the top places in Central London to enjoy Christmas Lunch may well prove useful to you.
Save Much of the Planning By Booking an Entire Christmas Party Package from Your Venue
It may well be that you did manage to secure a venue after all. Perhaps you even booked this months and months ago, but simply haven’t done anything else to organise your event since.
Now you’re worried that there’s still a whole host of other things you need to think about. There’s music and entertainment to consider, venue decorations to arrange, and of course, the most important aspect of all, the food.
It’s at this point that you should be enquiring as to whether your venue offer their own all-inclusive Christmas party package. Many in Central London, especially those close to our Canary Wharf serviced apartments do, and will save you much time, stress, and cost in planning everything yourself.
By investing in one of these packages, everything is done for you, meaning the only thing you have to worry about, is making sure everybody is invited and arrives at the venue on time.
Book Next Year to Avoid Last Minute Planning Next Year
Let’s be honest, the last thing you want is to have to plan a corporate Christmas party together at the last minute two years in a row. That’s why it’s so important to start booking next year’s event whilst it’s at the forefront of your thoughts.
Trust us, you won’t be the only London business booking their Christmas 2017 celebrations 12 months in advance. Doing it now gives you a nice, easy run up over the rest of the year in which to properly plan, think things out, and ensure that next year, your company has the best Christmas party yet.
Ensure That Out of Town Executives Have Somewhere to Stay
Especially important if you’re asking your brightest and best talent to venture into the capital to attend your Christmas party, it’s worth ensuring they have somewhere to stay the night in the kind of high class and impeccable style they deserve.
At Smart City Apartments, our luxury corporate accommodation in Canary Wharf and other Central London locations more than fit the bill.
Based in the heart of London’s business and financial epicentre, each of our modern apartments combines exquisite comfort with the latest modern amenities and contemporary decor to create a true home-away-from-home experience for your top executives.