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Organising a Christmas party

Aug 17, 2007
Christmas Party Organisers provide an invaluable service, utilising their specialist knowledge to enable the company or person employing them to look forward to the event, safe in the knowledge that everything will be taken care of.

Professional Christmas party organisers provide a service for companies wishing to arrange a corporate Christmas party as well as for individuals seeking festive party entertainment. Generally speaking, their services are employed for corporate Xmas events.

Popular themes for Christmas parties include Brazilian Carnival, Gangster, Glam 70s, 80s Rocking Good Xmas, Abba and the perennial favourite, Casino.

The types of venue ideally suited for Christmas parties include nightclubs and hotels, providing, as they do, a blank canvas that is ideal for the event theming.

Food other than the ubiquitous roast turkey, Christmas pudding and all the trimmings is becoming increasingly popular as clients seek less traditional, more interesting menus for the Christmas party..

No organised Christmas function is complete without entertainment and popular forms of entertainment at such events include discos, bands, dance acts, casinos and magicians.

Budgeting For A Christmas event
The cost of an organised Christmas party will naturally depend on factors such as the event venue, the event theme, the choice of catering, whether the drinks are all to be provided by the company or individual hosting the event and the entertainment chosen. A ballpark price per head for a professionally organised Christmas party would, however, be between 65 to 100 per head plus VAT.

Book Early To Avoid Disappointment!
Christmas party organisers provide a popular service to the UK events industry and their services are much in demand. It is advisable to book a organised Christmas function at the beginning of the calendar year, preferably in January, to avoid disappointment although it is generally still possible to arrange a festive party as late as August/early September.

Why Use An Organiser?
Assigning the task of arranging a your festive event to a professional Christmas party organiser enables the company or individual to cut out the headache of coordinating the whole event enabling the host to entrust everything to the professionals with their ready made ideas and experience in dealing with venues and all other ancillary constituents that go to make the perfect Christmas party. In the long run, companies and individual who utilise the services of a Christmas party organiser often find that by doing so they save a lot of time, money and hassle.

To ensure that the Christmas party organiser is a reputable company it is always advisable to obtain testimonials from other companies or individuals to whom they have provided their service. It is also a sensible idea to call the venue that they suggest to check their credentials and possibly, for true peace of mind, run a check on the organiser's accounts.

The Do's & Don'ts
The do's and don'ts of dealing with Christmas party organisers are based on common sense. Make sure that they detail, in writing, exactly what service they will be providing so you know exactly what you are going to get. Insist that the party organiser shows you photographs of how the event will look, don't let them simply describe it to you. Ideally, visit the Christmas party organisers that you are considering employing to see them in action. Once you are satisfied that they are up to the job, trust them, they know what they are doing!

The author wishes to thank Bert Habib of Uptown Events for his invaluable help in the research of this article
About the Author
Jon Stebbings writes for www.partyoffers.co.uk, the UK online events and entertainment directory. More information on Christmas party organisers can be found in the Partyoffers directory
which is at http://www.partyoffers.co.uk.
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