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Four steps to organising the best office Christmas party

Delight your team and impress the rest with our top tips on getting your festive office party right. We know how stressful Christmas party planning can be which is why we've made this handy guide to creating a memorable event. From deciding numbers and cuisine, to including everyone; we've thought of everything you need to ensure your event is a real crowd pleaser.

Creating a Christmas event that everyone will enjoy is no mean feat, and as many of us missed out on the usual work festivities last year, there’s even more pressure to put on something really special. Our events team can help take the stress out of organising your Christmas party, with a flexible, fully bespoke service. Not sure where to start? Left it a little bit late? We’ve broken down the important party-planning elements into four key steps...

1. Figure out the fundamentals

It’s easy to get ahead of yourself and start perfecting playlists and deciding on decor before you’ve got the basics locked down. First up, make sure you know the most important things: the date, the timings, number of expected guests - and, of course, your budget.

We know researching and getting quotes from multiple catering providers is a time-consuming process, so when you work with one of our dedicated catering concierge team, you can save time by getting the low-down on costs before you get going - and we’ll only ever send you ideas within your budget.

A festive sweet and savoury platter by experts: Platter Up
A festive sweet and savoury platter by experts: Platter Up
Bespoke winter cocktails to kick your event off in style, by Zest Mixologists.
Bespoke winter cocktails to kick your event off in style, by Zest Mixologists.

2. Find the right providers

What atmosphere do you want to create? Something swanky with fancy canapes and fine dining cuisine, served by professional waiting staff. Or perhaps a more relaxed feel with an inviting, serve-yourself spread - like with a mouthwatering grazing table from Platter Up overflowing with fresh fruit, cheeses, meats and mezze. Whether it’s a laidback pizza party, or a sit-down three-course meal, we work with a wide variety of tried-and-trusted catering partners, covering every cuisine from Thai food to tacos.

We even have a range of food and drink partners who can set up in your office or venue if you want to go for something fun and interactive, for example, we work with Zest Mixologists to create pop-up cocktail bars with bespoke, branded drinks menus.

3. Make Sure Everyone Is Included

No one likes to feel left out. From providing for those with dietary requirements, to ensuring there is a range of tasty non-alcoholic drink options, your catering concierge will make sure no one is overlooked.

Have team members who work remotely, or can’t make it to the party? We have a selection of Christmas home packages as well as in-person options. From personalised hampers from The Handmade Christmas Company, to delicious handmade letter-box brownies from EK Bakery, that will make sure everyone feels appreciated and involved.

We can also help you organise a festive virtual event that everyone can join in with, wherever they are, from wreath making workshops to Christmas hits bingo.

Don't forget the all-important hangover breakfast!
Don't forget the all-important hangover breakfast!
Give your event the wow factor with a range of in-person entertainment options
Give your event the wow factor with a range of in-person entertainment options

4. Give It That Something Extra

Whether it’s a goody bag to take home at the end of the night, or a hangover breakfast in the office with bacon sarnies and smoothies the morning after, the extra touches make all the difference - just ask your catering concierge and they can get it arranged.

As well as sorting the food and drink, we can also organise entertainment for your party, so if you want a DJ to get everyone dancing, or circus performers to add some wow-factor, we’re here to help you create a night to remember.

How do I start?

Step 1:

Sign up to Deliveroo for Work- it's free and takes just 5 minutes. You're not obliged to spend anything and you'll have access to our super helpful catering team to answer all your questions about any upcoming events you have planned.

Step 2:

Order- We hope this article has given you a flavour of the ingredients that go into an incredible team Christmas party, if you'd like to see what options are available near you, take a look at our Christmas packages menu.

And finally...

If you'd like to speak to a Deliveroo for Work catering concierge about more details of your perfect event, just email catering@deliveroo.co.uk. Or find out more information about catering options here.

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