Free food, alcohol and the opportunity to network make for a great corporate event whether it’s for Christmas or any other time of the year. My praise goes to the organisers of these events. If you have never organised a corporate event before, then there are so many things to bare in mind. These can be extended to the Christmas Party at home and as long as you follow the following tips, you will be much more likely to impress your fellow colleagues, clients and friends alike. Let’s take a look at what you need to do. Spend Time On The Invitations We will start with something which is often mistakenly seen as something irrelevant. Many people put much more work into the day itself, and fail to pay enough attention to the invitation. However, the quality of the invitations actually says a lot about the event itself, and if you want to impress, then you need to put some careful work into them. Consider setting aside a sizeable amount of your budget for the invitations – this is likely to pay off, as more people will turn up, and the ones who do will be more impressed. Take a look at www.invitationconsultants.com/sw-corporate.aspx for examples of great invitations. Great invitations is the essential starting point in making a great event. Setting Is Everything One of your earliest decisions in the whole process will be choosing the venue for the event. It is also one of the most important. The setting makes a huge difference to how much – or how little – people enjoy the day, so make sure you put a lot of effort into choosing this carefully. It is usually best to go for something which can offer a sublime location as well as great catering and other services. Take a look at haroldsclub.co.uk for an example of the kind of venue you might want to consider. Get the venue right, and all else is likely to just fall into place. Budget Yourself The money that goes into it is hugely important, of course, but you should be careful not to over- or under-spend. Budgeting is a subtle art in itself, and it makes a big difference to how the day turns out on the whole. If you budget too little money for yourself, you might end up with an event which is somewhat lacking. Too much, however, and it might not have been worth all the money. This is a tough thing to get right, it is a tricky balance, but it is worth putting some serious effort and dedication into. Remember: Catering Is Important Finally, remember that the most important thing for most of your guests will be the food and drink that is available. As long as this is of the highest quality, you should find that people are happy with the event. Having something complimentary to drink is also going to go down very well on most occasions.