The benefits of an all-inclusive Christmas party

So you’re organising the Christmas party, but time, budget and expectations are against you. There’s a danger that it could all end in disorganised disaster so that months later, you’re still overhearing your colleagues grumbling about ‘last year’s party’. If you want to organise it successfully, with minimum hassle, an all-inclusive Christmas party is the way to go.

You don’t have to do all of the hard work

If you’re sourcing your own vendors, you’ll soon realise that there are a lot of people to contact and manage. Not just caterers, but entertainers, photographers, suppliers for extra lighting…With an all-inclusive package, the venue provides in-house services or sources vendors from its trusted contacts. Plus a dedicated event co-ordinator usually comes as part of the package, and they’ll manage your party from start to finish. With all of this support, you can focus less on sorting out the party and more on having a wonderful time!

You’re more likely to stay on budget

With multiple vendors, you get more invoices and the challenge of keeping track of all the costs. With all-inclusive, you get one price per person, upfront, so you’re much clearer on what you’re spending. And it’s unlikely that the final cost will vary much from what you see when you first approach the venue. If the venue is offering an all-inclusive package, it’s used to running events and reliably predicting costs.

Your colleagues will be talking about your party – for the right reasons

We’ve all heard horror stories of Christmas parties not going to plan. Food not coming out on time and your colleagues sustaining themselves with drink, or the heating failing and partygoers sitting around in their coats. Venues offering all-inclusive Christmas parties are experienced in hosting events and seeing them run smoothly. And if a problem does occur, trained staff are there to see the party get back on track.

You’ll get full-service catering and entertainment options

You’ve got your three-course meal sorted, but what about those little extras? The drinks and nibbles on arrival, the welcome cup of after-dinner coffee before being dragged on to the dance floor. And then there’s the entertainment such as organising a DJ. With an all-inclusive Christmas party, your venue will think of all of these details, so you don’t have to!

You’ll get choices, without having to make hundreds of decisions

Venues usually give you a choice of packages. If you don’t like decision making, it’s great because this can be the only choice you have to make! On the other hand, an all-inclusive package needn’t stop you from getting involved in the planning process and thinking creatively. If there’s something that you want that’s not listed, the venue can source it for you from its various contacts. Venues may also offer you options for personalising your event; for example, choosing the messaging and branding on digital signs.

Book your party!

If the all-inclusive Christmas party option appeals (and let’s face it, what’s not to like?), then get booking! Although the Christmas season seems far away, in the event planning world it’s not and organisations are securing their venues now.

Take a look at the IET’s all-inclusive Christmas party packages, available at IET London: Savoy Place and IET Birmingham: Austin Court.