It’s nearly Christmas crunch time. If you’re in charge of organising your office Christmas function but your desk is already inundated with work to get done before the end of the year, don’t freak out just yet… we can help! Whether you’re working with a small budget, or infinite budget – we have every solution, get ready to be everyone’s new best friend in the office after this merry party. You’re about to discover some cool work Christmas party ideas!
Are you hiring an Event Planner to do all the work?
Your company might let you have free reign on a budget, and organise a big Christmassy bash for your work and clients. If you’re looking for a Sydney based event planner, Pumpkin Carriage Events is your match made in heaven. Specialising in bespoke dessert tables, stylish candy bar and venue styling, they coordinate every aspect of throwing an event, from liaising with vendors and executing the presentation at the venue. Pumpkin Carriage Events offering chic, luxurious and completely customised decor for your event. We love the Jungle theme dessert bar they put together below, imagine your Christmas theme dessert bar they can put together!
DY.O Events in Perth are experts when it comes to throwing a corporate event. Like Pumpkin Carriage Events, they manage every detail of your event and want to make sure you have a unique experience you absolutely love. They believe in working with our clients to bring social change, through well-designed and thoughtful events. Take a peak at these corporate events they’ve previously brought to life.
Find our event planners Australia wide here to help you with your event.
Choosing the location of your event.
Source and book a venue early. Places tend to book out very early as everyone else is having their work Christmas parties. Once you have your location locked in, be sure to email your co workers and fill everyone in on the details. Have a think about the style of your Christmas party, do you want to go with a sit down lunch or dinner? Cocktails and canapés? This will impact on the look and feel of the evening, so deciding this early on is important.
If you’re a little uncertain on what to inform your guests, consider this your checklist:
- Dress theme
- Food and drinks provided
- parking option
Once you have your venue locked in and the style of the evening, you can get started on the fun part! If your venue has a defined style, then make sure that whatever you select fits in well with this venue. However if you are holding your Christmas party in a conference hall, a marquee or a relatively neutral venue then you can be creative!
If your workplace is on the younger or more creative side, Sydney Boat Hire is a great venue option. Throwing your Christmas party with the backdrop of the Sydney harbour. Their vessels provide the perfect environment to enjoy a day of fun in the sun with loved ones in this festive season. Sydney Boat Hire is perfect for a lunch to afternoon affair so you can watch the sunset, life can’t really get too much better (apart from being on Christmas break).
For a more corporate venue, The Bear Bar in Sydney can be rented out for private events. Think funky cocktails and sexy 70’s fondue. You’ll find all this in the quirky and welcoming Bear Bar.
If you’re located on the Central Coast, Crowne Plaza Terrigal is set on a wide sweeping bay, by a pristine surf beach, 90 minutes north of Sydney. It is the ideal location for hosting business retreats, corporate events and social functions. With a stunning view like the Crowne Plaza Terrigal offer, we’d go with a lunch event.
Chances are if you’re renting out a marquee or hall, you need to sort out your equipment. Here are the top companies Australia wide that we’d recommend:
If you’re in Sydney, AVA Party Hire is our top recommendation. Established 31 years ago, they have a lot of experience servicing a wide range of customers across a selection of industry sectors from local schools, private residents to major blue chip companies across Sydney, and are corporate event experts. Whether you need equipment for an inside or outdoor party, they have you covered. They hire marquees, chairs, tables, cutlery and crockery and catering equipment.
Surfcoast Party Hire in Geelong, Victoria are experts at planning office parties to a budget. They provide clients with one off services or continual rental options. By holding themselves to high standards and consistently delivering excellent products, they’ve made a name for ourselves in the party hire industry. They have a large collection of party supplies available for hire.
For Canberra, Albury, Wodonga and surrounding areas, Barlens are the leading corporate event hire specialists! They are known in the marketplace for their size and experience. Their products and equipment come in a modern range and are of high and clean quality, products include marquees of all sizes, audio-visual equipment, bars, tables, chairs, dance floors, red carpets, heaters, and many more! Their professionals have all the know-how to help you plan your Christmas party to be the absolute best it can be!
Work Christmas Party Ideas for Style & Decorations
The way you style a corporate event largely depends upon the type of event you’re hosting. Stick to the basic rule that less is more, we recommend Christmas floral arrangements and wreaths as table centrepieces and balloons for fuss free stylish decor.
Petite Flowers By Angela in Sydney combines antiques and flowers to create bespoke props and signs for events, as well as flowers. A selfie sign to take photos with at your event could be a fun prop for your guests to enjoy, as well as getting Christmas wreaths or floral centrepieces which can add some Christmas cheer to your table! View all our florists here.
We adore the Australian native style Christmas wreath by Petites Flowers By Angela.
When it comes to balloon arrangements, the key to making the balloons appropriate for a corporate event, is sticking to a theme that ties in well with the other decorations or props. Make sure the colours are complimentary. Take inspiration from these corporate events below our suppliers have provided balloons for. Find all our balloon suppliers Australia wide here.
We love this luxe balloons arrangement by Bubble Moo Balloons in Sydney. Mention “Party Affairs” and get 10% off your entire order!
This gold and black arrangement is by Partycles in Melbourne for a corporate Christmas event they styled last year.
Partycles also created these Christmassy balloons for a shopping centre display!
The Party’s Here in Sydney have these adorable little Christmas Tree balloon displays that are perfect for a table centrepiece.
Alternatively, Jo’s Signs By Design is your one stop large format digital printing and design studio. Jo can design, create and print your the sign of your dream to personalise your event. See an example of Jo’s work below.
Tableware is often forgotten, but greatly contributes to the look and feel of any styled event. If you’re in need of hiring crockery that can be used, our party hire companies, which you can find here, will be able to rent you out whatever it is you need.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for disposable tableware, The Party People have a range of disposable tablecloths in practically every colour you can think of. If you’re unsure of what colour to go with, we recommend white – it’s the perfect backdrop to some colour! Hip & Hooray have an extensive range of red tableware that’ll look great on your table! We love the Christmas styling featured here. You can purchase the range here.
Chances are you’re going to want to hire out a photographer for your event. For a more corporate event, we’d recommend a photography company like Loco Photography in Melbourne.
For a younger, more creative workplace, you might get away with having fun with a photo booth! Hollywood Photo Booths in Sydney would be an ideal company to hire- they roll out the red carpet leading a path to the booth and bring along props to have fun with too!
Food & Drink
Christmas parties are renowned for being a boozy affair. The type of food you serve often depends upon the type of event you’re hosting. We have a wide array of caterers that can take the hassle of what food to serve for you. Our top tip for this party season would be to have a lolly buffet! Lolly buffets were a big trend over the past year, and we don’t think they’re going anywhere. View all our caterers here to find a business in your location, you can also find businesses that specialise in lolly buffets too.
When it comes to our top tips, if you’re in Sydney, we recommend Flavours Catering + Events for a canapé style event. Not only can they create themed DIY stations (think burgers, sushi), they can provide menus for vegetarian, vegan, coeliac and dairy free diets. Their experienced team of chefs will also create a custom menu for any guests with particular allergies/intolerance’s, all while keeping in mind your budget. Their traditional Christmas buffet features the ever popular roast turkey and scrumptious sides of veggies and salads.
If we were picking a canapé menu, we’d go with their “Festive Favourites”, which features salmon blinis, petite pies and Thai fish cakes! Perfect with Christmas cakes and slices! We can’t look past these mini fruit pies!
Flavours Catering can also provide our expertly trained wait staff to serve your guests their Christmas lunch (or dinner) and top up drinks when needed. Flavours can also provide the glassware, bar equipment, crockery, cutlery and any other requirement to ensure that your event is fabulous.
Similarly, Decadent Catering in Sydney can cater a European inspired menu for your event. Their crostini platters feature toppings such as Pear, Honey and Ricotta or Berry with Mascarpone drizzled with honey – a sweet taste of life in the Holiday season.
Decadent Catering also has a large range of canapés, but if you’re looking for something a little more Christmassy, let them know and they can work with you to create the menu of your dreams! For a little extra somethin’ somethin’ at your event, Decadent Catering can organise a food station whereby the chef will make food in front of your guests. They can also organise a DIY food station, such as Make your own crostini, Make your own grilled cheese, Make your own smores,…the list is endless! Mention “Party Affairs” and you might get a sneaky discount!
When it comes to beverages, Shorty’s Liquor in Sydney is our go-to company. They specialise in delivering a total beverage solution for your function including champagnes, wines, beer, ciders, soft drinks, water and those added extras such as glass hire, ice and tubs. Our experienced team will help make your function a huge success by tailoring it to your budget, recommending wine styles & food matching, calculating the quantity of beverages required for the number of guests, and organising glass hire, ice & tubs. If you have any left over after the big event, they are happy to collect and refund too.
Shorty’s Liquor is based in Ultimo and with our own fleet of vans and drivers, we are able to offer a premium delivery service to the Sydney CBD and surrounding suburbs including same day delivery or if required a cold specified 3 hour window from Monday to Saturday.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a mobile bar to whip up some Christmassy cocktails for your event, we recommend Hayati’s Mobile Bar who services Sydney. Hayati travels to where ever your event may be; your home or (offering various) function centres bringing with them their expertise in creating artistic cocktails, mixing drinks all the while creating an amazing atmosphere for all people to enjoy!
Trolley’d are a portable bar hire service that mix drinks sustainably from upcycled airline trolleys, using locally sourced organic, native Australian and foraged ingredients. They can also show you how to make their signature drinks and host cocktail classes at your event. You supply the base spirits and they provide the party. Servicing Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Hiring a DJ or having a playlist is a necessity for any event. Whether you want soft background music, or upbeat music for a dance floor – some preparation is needed.
You could find a pre-made playlist on Spotify or Apple Music – or simply make your own. Just make sure you have a suitable sound system should you be hiring out a venue. The right party hire company will be able to help you with this, and even install a portable dance floor for you! Check out our entertainment options Australia wide here.
We hope our Work Christmas Party tips help you on your way to hosting a fabulous event, take a peak at the below images for some more inspiration to help you put together your event. Just don’t forget to buy some bonbons for the tables! Tag us on Instagram @partyaffairs and Merry Christmas! xx