It’s that time of year again – Christmas has crept up on us all, and it’s now up to you to plan-out the perfect Christmas party for your friends, family or colleagues. While it may seem daunting at first, step away from the tinsel and remain calm – we’re here to give you a few tips, and help you pull off something your guests will be talking about all year long!

First and foremost, it’s worth remembering that Christmas is arguably the most social time of the year. As such, the earlier you set a date for your party, the more choice you’ll have in picking a venue, entertainment and any catering for it. You’ll most likely want to plan your event nearer the weekend, but do consider that a party earlier in the week would no doubt be cheaper and more widely available. Either way, consult your guests! Ask their preferences and establish numbers! Gather as much information as possible – it’ll ease your burdens tenfold.

Consulting your guests as often as possible is key to ensuring your party will be a success. For example, will the party be catered? If so, it goes without saying that you’ll need to consider any dietary requirements your partygoers might have. On a similar note, do any of the guests have special needs you’ll need to provide for, such as ramp access or lifts? These are just some of the things you’ll have to think about when selecting a venue.

Location is key. Your first instinct may be to find the biggest, glitziest venue to wow your attendees. While this is fine, and a huge extravagant ballroom in the middle of London is indeed a sure-fire way to impress, set a budget for yourself, and most importantly, remember your guests! Is this place easy to access? Will they need to use public transport? If so, how late can they stay? How long will the trip take? Try to accommodate for everybody as best you can – a dazzling cocktail bar is worth nothing if your non-drinking guests aren’t looked after. On a similar note, make sure any entertainment you may have planned is appropriate, especially if your guests include families with younger children.

The key word you may have noticed here is consult. Your guest’s input is invaluable, and vital to making sure this Christmas party is one for the ages! Planning a Christmas party doesn’t have to be a nightmare, all you have to do is consult.