Believe it or not the time has come to start thinking about the end of year staff celebrations, Christmas parties, thanking staff for a job well done, congratulating them for their achievements over the past twelve months and generally showing your appreciation to your employees.
Little hint: Don’t leave your planning, booking and organising until the last minute.
Now is the time to start preparing and the first thing you need to do is decide on a theme and venue for your end of year staff celebrations. If you begin now you can show your staff a good time and plan for a staff party that they will remember for years to come. You may find that if you give a little extra to your employees at this time of the year they will happily give back to you and the company over the coming 12 months and then some.
An end of year dinner is, of course, always a nice way to show your employees your appreciation but it can be a little humdrum and lack imagination. Don’t be one of those bosses who phones up and books a restaurant at the last minute, pays the bill at the end of the night and that’s it. Especially when there are so many other options out there that will add an extra “Ho Ho Ho” to your Christmas party or end of year celebrations.
For example … Karaoke
Why not think outside the box this year and consider a catered Karaoke night for all the X-factor staff on your team. Everyone loves a singsong, even those who can’t sing, (especially those who can’t sing!!) and for little outlay a Karaoke night either at a local venue or even better, at the bosses house, will give your staff a night to remember. Add a few nice bottles of wine, a slab or two of beer, and you will definitely have the makings of a fun end of year party!!!
Or … a Boat trip
As we are lucky enough to enjoy pretty much guaranteed sunshine and warm weather (well except for September this year) at this time of year why not plan a little cruise down the Swan with onboard catering to show your employees a good time. There are a number of Perth boat hiring companies able to accommodate you whether you prefer a day, dusk, and moonlit cruise and we here at Ryan John’s Catering can help out with cocktail menus to impress.
Perhaps … Supa Golf in the Swan Valley
A “supa" fun day out for your energetic (or not so energetic) employees will be a day to remember for this year’s staff party. Pick a date and book early. Plan a catered BBQ to follow and your staff will love you forever.
Not forgetting … the Cocktail Christmas Bash
Who doesn't love a Cocktail party. To help ensure it is a little less formal and a lot more fun, theme this with a fancy dress option and you can’t go wrong….fancy dress plus cocktails will always be a winner.
Other options you might like to consider include:
Family fun day out for your staff and their family members
A luxury spa/retreat to show your staff you love them
Charity event and fund raising lunch or dinner for those in need this Christmas (with a Secret Santa option for the homeless or cash option for a charity of your choice)
International Christmas cuisine lunch or dinner with cuisine ideas from around the world - anyone fancy some Porkkanalaatiko from Finland? (a spiced carrot casserole)
Hire a coach and organise wine tasting in the Swan Valley followed by a BBQ or picnic lunch to soak up all that alcohol
Hire a local band or DJ and dance the night away at a venue of your choice
Hire a celebrity surprise to entertain your staff at a local dinner venue
Tapas evening at the bosses house, or local venue, catered by, you guessed it…. yours truly!! (we are very versatile here at Ryan John Catering)
So a number of ideas here for you to choose from and probably many, many more out there that I haven’t even thought of.
Why not make this end of year staff party something your staff will be talking about until the next one in 2017. Something they can’t wait to get to and look forward to enjoying rather than something they feel obliged to attend.
It just takes a little imagination and a good caterer!!!