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Who would only have two options for gin?

Our company, like most, has a pretty diverse range of employees. Which is great. No one wants to be the same. Particularly in business, it’s key to have new and differing ideas and opinions to keep the company growing and evolving.

It’s not so great however, when it comes to planning a Christmas party that will match the expectations for each employee. Especially when you come across an engineering team as quirky as ours.

Everyone has a preference on all the aspects; the venue, the theme, the date, the entertainment, the dress code, the food, even down to what type of drinks are available. Who would only have two options for Gin?

I remember when I planned my first corporate Christmas party, It was for 500 staff members, many of whom I had not met, and did not know. It was then I realised that as much as I would have liked to, pleasing everyone was just not possible.

For me a successful event is one where you look around the room and see the guests smiling and having a good time. Although as the planner, the little details can really become huge make or break points. When in actual fact, if there is a song played that they don’t really like or they don’t like the starter, it is not going to define the whole evening for them. It’s a minor thing they’ll soon forget.

What does matter is how they describe the event to their husband, wife, flatmate, cat etc. Which is usually the overall feel. Getting a good overall reaction is my goal when planning any event.

I love planning the Christmas parties, particularly in a tech environment, where there is less of a corporate feel. For us it’s more about all coming together to celebrate the achievements and to look forward to a successful fast approaching New Year.

Christmas parties are usually one of the only events where all employees (even the quirky ones) have the opportunity to spend time together not discussing their work. It’s a wonderful chance for all to let their hair down, unless they are in the engineering team, in which case they can tip their top hats.