Now that most people are back to work in their offices at least some days, or even if they still work from home – at least we can have Christmas parties again! As the most magical time of the year is fast approaching you need to act now to if you still want to organise a Christmas work-do. However, parties can be really expensive when the cost breaks down individually. Whilst we didn’t have a great Christmas last year, still, spending too much on a Christmas party is not a great idea either the employer or the employees paying the cost. Most of the time the cost elements are also quite wasteful – which is bad for the environment.
As usual, I have some tips for you, to make it cheap, cheerful – and environmentally friendly.
Finding a venue
If you don’t have space for the party at your work space, you will need to find a venue quickly as restaurants and bars are filling up with Christmas bookings. You can also book an experience, which is always entertaining and no need to worry about much more details. So maybe an escape room or a wine tasting experience is a good bet, plus you will get a group discount.
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No need to throw money out of the window for cheap plastic single use things – they are a waste of money. Opt for natural decoration like a real Christmas tree or just a couple of branches with paper bunting. Avoid plastic confetti and glittery things as well as balloons: they can never be recycled.
If you are opting for Secret Santa – and why not? It’s so much fun! – let people know that they should perhaps source gift exclusively from charity shops. This way, they can keep it cheap, buy something unique, help a charity and by buying a second hand item they help the environment.
Make sure to add vegan and vegetarian options to the menu – or even keep the party completely meat free! Meat consumption is driving carbon emissions and we all know eating less meat is good for our health and the planet. They are also much cheaper compared to a steak or roast. If you having the party at your workplace, just order veggie curries from the local curry house. You support the local small business too. Even carnivores can do with healthier food right before Christmas.