It’s August, so why is anyone in their right mind thinking about Christmas? There are really two types of people in the world: Those who start blasting carols mid-summer, and those who don’t want to even hear anything related to Christmas uttered before December 1st. But summer might actually be the best time to start planning your company’s next Christmas party, and here’s why.
You Can Have a Bigger Budget
Event budgets are fickle things. If you wait until the last minute to plan your company’s Christmas party, chances are that there won’t be a lot of revenue to spare at the end of the quarter.
Starting a Christmas party budget in the summer or early fall will give you plenty of time to save up enough for a truly festive end-of-the-year get-together.
There’s Plenty of Time to Pick a Theme
Christmas party themes at offices are pretty cut-and-dry nowadays. Does anyone really want to grin and bear another ugly sweater party? Use the months leading to December to really get the creative ball rolling and explore tons of different ideas that will make your next Christmas party truly memorable.
Here are a few unconventional Christmas party themes to consider:
- A Masquerade Ball
- A Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween-themed Party
- A Christmas Murder Mystery Party
- A Staff-picked Holiday Movie Marathon
More Time Means a Better Venue
Finding the right venue for corporate events can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have a big budget. Early planning will give you more time to research different locations and find the perfect spot for your next party.
When choosing a venue, it’s a good idea to consider distance. Even if you manage to score a good deal, the turn-out is likely to be smaller if people have to drive for hours on end to reach it. Make sure that you are as accommodating as possible to staff who just want to wrap up the end of the year and unwind.
Everyone Can Pitch in and Get Hyped for the Holidays
Planning for the holidays so early will let everyone contribute their own ideas. Monthly meetings could be a fun way to work on some team-building exercises and develop a menu, games and other party activities that will truly make it a time to remember.
Planning your Christmas party early is a good exercise in foresight. You’ll have greater opportunity to make adjustments and include others on the party-planning festivities. Together, the company can come together and truly contribute something special to the final event of the year.