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7 tips for throwing the ultimate work Christmas party

22 Aug 2017

Christmas tree with red decorations

Premium party planner, and IoD NorthWest member, Liz Taylor offers her essential advice for staging a memorable end-of-year event, to suit a range of budgets.

Liz Taylor certainly knows how to throw a party. She was the star of Channel 4’s The Millionaire Party Planner and has organised functions for clients from Manchester United to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. If you are planning to celebrate the festive season with staff or clients, here are Taylor’s 7 essential Christmas party tips…

1 See it as a staff reward

“Even in these tough economic times, businesses are still keen to recognise their staff and clients, so having a great venue, quality food and a free bar – or even tokens for drinks – are still crucial. When businesses can’t offer pay rises or bonuses, the Christmas event is seen as an ideal setting to thank, reward and motivate staff… We are seeing more immersive events, as participation breaks down barriers between staff and management. However, the overall feel is to invest well but not too lavishly.”

2 Carefully consider the venue…

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