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THE HERALD FRIDAY OCTOBER 7 2016


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can be created from a blank canvas - you can hire space- only then source your suppliers elsewhere.


SMALL GROUPS Selecting a hotel can be


a more cost-effective choice when your guest list has lower numbers. A private party will ensure you have seclusion, exclusivity and intimacy. It’s a way to escape the mayhem and celebrate quietly in style. Ideas:


• Book a private dining room at a hotel.


• Book a private table or booth in a restaurant.


LARGE GROUPS When your number of ORGANISING this year’s


office Christmas party doesn’t have to be a chore! With these exciting ideas, you can think outside of the box and wow your workmates. Organising an office Christmas party event is sure to increase workplace moral and kick off the Christmas season in style.


A PRIVATE PARTY Select a private or closed


venue that will suit your numbers specifically, then add on as many extras as you like. Depending on the venue you choose, catering, audio, visual and some Christmas decorations may already be in- house. If not, the atmosphere


attendees is above 50, a bespoke party within a dedicated space will give you the most control over every part of the event if you are truly looking to impress clients and colleagues. Ideas:


• Hire an exclusive manor house.


• Take over a banqueting room in a hotel.


SHARED PARTY PACKAGE AT A HOTEL


For a Christmas party that is


original but cost effective, this can be the ideal option. Hotels all over the country


offer shared party packages, which is great if you are a smaller group but want a big, vibrant party atmosphere. Whilst you have a huge choice of venues, the options for the night itself are more limited than arranging a bespoke party. This option involves a lot


less organisation and expense. Prices are usually from around £35 per person, including a three course meal, coffee, mince pies, standard Christmas table decorations and a dance floor.


CHOOSING THE HOTEL The quality of the night


depends greatly on the hotel you choose. Even within large


hotel chains, the experience will be slightly different at each individual property. Larger hotels will have more capacity to hold a greater number of guests in one room. If you’d like a low-key


shindig, an independent hotel may provide the perfect setting to converse with colleagues after Christmas pud and coffee. Although,


the shared


party option is much easier on the office Christmas party organiser, as everything is already pre-set and arranged, that means no room to add anything special, give it any personalisation, or have any input on the entertainment. On the plus side, it’s handy


for booking accommodation for your colleagues too if they intend to drink.


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