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B2B Editor1 September 2014

How to host a great Christmas function

It’s that time of year when office managers are starting to lock in their dates and venues for the office Christmas party.

We have a wonderful selection of venues in Canberra such as those profiled in this functions feature.

If it’s your responsibility to organise the party, here’s some ideas on how to make it a stand-out success.

Make sure you book early as venues will fill up quickly from now on.

B2B’s number one tip for holding a successful function is this: draw upon the experience of the venue functions manager where you’re holding your event – as they have will great ideas and contacts.

Consider having a theme for the party as your goal is to create a sense of excitement leading up to the event.

Evening functions always give staff a reason to dress up and make an occasion of the event. Remember to factor into your planning how staff will get home safely at the end of the evening.

Other party options include: an afternoon event combined with an outdoor activity such as lawn bowls, indoor rock climbing, ice skating, ten pin bowling, hire segways around the lake, or perhaps a high tea leading into dinner?

Instead of hosting a Christmas party that is just for staff, broaden the guest list to include uppliers/business associates and your staff’s family.

For a smaller function, speak with the restaurant/food and beverage manager as to how they can easily accommodate your group booking within their venue.

For a larger function, consider hiring out the venue or an exclusive function room.

With careful planning, your office Christmas party will be remembered for all the right reasons!

The Canberra Rex Hotel

Host your Christmas Party at the iconic Canberra Rex Hotel

Reward your staff with a Christmas soiree in one of the Canberra Rex Hotel’s private event spaces, which offer stellar seasonal food and beverage experiences, festive touches and a dedicated events team.

The Rex is the perfect place for intimate ten-guest occasions and festive large scale parties that embrace the essence of the season.

The Hotel is hosting the fabulous interactive theatre show – Faulty Towers – the dining experience in December, a deliciously entertaining alternative for festive end of year gatherings. Tickets include canap s on arrival, selected beverages, a 3 course meal and 2-hour interactive show.

For the perfect Christmas party venue in Canberra, contact our events team today on 02 6248 5311 or [email protected]



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