Over the years budgets for Christmas parties have reduced significantly and we have seen a move away from whole company events to departmental parties or away days. So what are the best options for “something different”?
Buying a table (or even the whole evening if your group is large enough) as a pre-arranged themed party is still one of the best value options and there are many suppliers such as Best Parties Ever and Smart Group who can offer packages for groups from 10 up to 500. That is certainly an easy option and just requires the booking of the tickets and turning up! Packages can include meal, drinks, entertainment and theming and it is difficult to beat that sort of package if you are looking to arrange your own party as a one off.
London may lead the way for these package type parties but outside of the city there is still plenty of choice and most sporting venues such as Newbury Racecourse as well as many hotels of all sizes now offer these package style events so check locally to see what is available on your doorstep. The Eventa website suggests venues available in most major towns throughout the UK
But that style does not suit everyone and some companies like a more bespoke option. Theming a room always looks great but can be expensive. Table Art provide a superb range of lit table centres around all sorts of themes as well as being able to offer a wider range of lit furniture and lit themed items Event Styling , well worth a look.
A wide range of entertainment is available for such parties ranging from the timeless fun casinos through arcade simulators, magicians, caricaturists and a whole host of other options. The sky really is the limit when it comes to this and is usually only restricted by budget! Agencies like Peter Johnson offer a wide range of evening entertainment and Sternberg Clarke are excellent with entertainers for all events.
Cooking has become very popular and there are many venues dedicated to team events for baking and cooking such as Underground Cookery School but most of them can only deal with groups of up to 20. Most of the popular options are available to be brought to you at a venue of your choice and something like The Christmas Chocolate Contract or Creative Cupcakes is a great, flexible and unique way to have fun at a Christmas staff event.
For smaller groups that don’t have the budget to find a venue to host an event than a Self-run Festive GPS Pub Explorer can provide 2 hours of excellent team enjoyment and is very cost effective. These events can be done in any town or city to suit your location and budget. All you need after that is a warm pub to meet in and compare notes!
So what does it cost?
Budgets for such events vary widely from £20.00 pp + vat to over £100.00 pp + vat but whatever your budget there is always something to liven up this year’s event. So go on ………be adventurous and try something different this year! Something as simple as a Close Up Magician for around £500.00 + vat can make a big difference to a party and just adds a bit of “je ne sais quoi”!!