Work Christmas parties – we’ve all been to them, eaten the sausage rolls, swung Karen from accounts round the dancefloor and gone into the office the next day with a dodgy head and even dodgier pictures - but it doesn’t have to be that way! Your Christmas party is a chance to recognise and reward all the hard work put in over the year, to celebrate achievements and shout about your success, and to give your employees an experience to remember.
I've been working with TEN6 Creative this week thinking about the different ways to help our clients celebrate in a way that suits them and their people. The tech industry is all about innovation, new ideas, pushing boundaries and thinking different, and your Christmas party should represent that. Here’s my six tips on how to plan a Christmas party your employees will still be talking about in 2019…
1. Your own Winter Wonderland.
Hiring a room above a pub and sticking up some fairy lights is a thing of the past. London hosts some incredible areas for your techie event, from the beautiful and startup-local Hackney House, to the literally out-of-this-world ‘Exploring Space’ gallery at the Science Museum. And if you’re all about breaking-out-the-mould, why don’t you create your own giant igloo style evenue with Evolution Dome? Just don’t forget some snuggly heaters!
2. No more dodgy DJ…
Gone are the days of sticking Spotify on shuffle and hoping you don’t hear All I Want For Christmas more than six times – live music is an absolute essential for a proper celebration. If you want classic vibes with a cutting edge twist, check out the mind-blowing fully electric string quartet Siren – or if your crowd are more tech house than Tchaikovsky, try the rhythm and beats duo of Dos Tiempos, blending spinning records with a full drum-kit for roof-off energy levels!
3. A feast for their stomach and their senses…
No-one wants to be stuck in one spot waiting for their next course of turkey. Bring your Christmas dinner into the same century as your technology with a portable roast from Yorkshire Burrito, or keep it simple and satisfying with endless toasties from The Cheese Truck. For dessert, our friends at Lick Me I’m Delicious have you covered, with hot chocolate taps and 60mph candy-flozz machines, and a literal fountain of booze to top off your taste experience.
4. Capture the right moments and relive in the morning!
Photo-booths have been around a long time and they’re still one of the very best ways to engage your partygoers – but why not level-up your snapping experience with the looping lunacy of an animated GIF Booth or even a 100% recyclable cardboard booth to offset some of the energy you’ve used throughout the year! If you’ve got budget to spend, take a look at the incredible Augmented Reality booths on the market for an experience straight out of a science-fiction movie!
5. Santa’s been to visit… but who’s been good all year?!
Why not let your employees pick the gift they deserve, with a fully interactive vending machine from Social Vend, letting them tell you if they’ve been naughty or nice - and rewarding them accordingly! Or if you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, why not have a zen-winter-garden station, where they can design their own mini-paradise to take home or have delivered to their desk to admire the next morning!
6. Party into the night… and the New Year!
The celebration doesn’t have to end when the Uber turns up! Install an Audio Guest Book by the way out, and let your guests record their thanks and farewells live down the phone – to listen back for years to come!
And a final tip from me – the festive season is busy, tiring, and everyone is all partied out. Have your Christmas party in January and your team will thank you – for freeing up their precious December evening, and for putting the money you save on venue-hire behind the bar!
Give us a shout at TEN6 Creative - we'll take all the hassle out of planning, booking and managing your evening and make your Christmas event one for the history books!