Plan your Christmas party like a pro

Christmas parties can be the highlight of the year for many employees. They’re a chance for teams, often working in different departments or geographic locations, to finally get together and have a good catch up, mingle with old and new colleagues and look forward to another year of business.

At The Grand Brighton, we dedicate the whole month of December to throwing parties for offices and businesses from Sussex and beyond. Shared joiner parties take all the effort out of planning and can be a great way for smaller teams to network with other local businesses from a variety of industries. And for larger companies or businesses looking for an exclusive event dedicated to their end of year celebrations, big parties can be hassle-free too. Here’s just a few tips and tricks to help you plan your end of year do…

Choose somewhere memorable

An epic location on the seafront, a historical venue or somewhere known for its quality service and delivery - your chosen venue will really set the scene for your party.

Set the budget

When picking your venue, set the budget with the organisers - you’d be surprised how flexible most hotels and venues will be to offer the right dates and dinner or party packages to work within your ideal spend.

Go on a 'recce'

The majority of venues will invite you to explore the space and meet the staff that will be helping you ahead of the party day. At The Grand, we strongly encourage guest organisers to visit our hotel in advance as it’s a great way of visualising lighting, decorations and theming for your event.

Pick a theme

Christmas parties with a theme always go down well with guests! From frosty winter wonderland scenes to a Great Gatsby inspired fair, match up your decorations with a festive theme your guests can dress up for.

Send invitations out early

Make sure to send your invitations out early to ensure your party date fits in conveniently around your employees’ busy festive plans. Let them know what the theme is in advance so they can plan a show-stopping outfit.

Serve a speciality cocktail

Food and drink are always top of the list on party planning priorities, and your venue will be able to help you organise the perfect platter to suit all tastes. But why not also ask for a specialty cocktail for your event? Our bartenders will be able to whip up a tipple suited to your theme.

Create a playlist

Send your venue a pre-made playlist ahead of your party date. If you need help with curating music to set the tone for your event, our organisers have a range of pre-made party playlists available for the occasion or we can help organise DJs or live band for your party. Looking for inspiration? Check out The Grand Brighton's Spotify account here.

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