Christmas Parties Ideas ... 2018 Silly Season!

The festive season is upon us once again, an exciting and fun season of parties and gatherings with family, clients, colleagues and friends.  While Christmas parties should be a celebration of your workplace and a thank you to team members or clients if you are entertaining, if you are charged with the role of organiser it can be difficult to know where to begin and there can be a lot of pressure to make your Christmas Party really stand out from the rest.

It’s important to start planning early and while there are a lot of factors to consider like budget, dates and numbers, having an overall concept for your Christmas Party and putting some consideration into the best work Christmas party ideas and what type of event will best suit the group of people you will be inviting, can help steer you to choosing the right venue that can pull off the event you are looking for.

The good news is that there are plenty of fun company Christmas ideas to consider when planning your Christmas Party.  We have listed our Top 5 Christmas Party Ideas to make the process easier so you that you can join the team in looking forward to the event and everyone can have a lot of fun on the day!

MAKE A DAY OF IT

There is nothing more WOW than taking your team or clients out of the City for the day and spending a leisurely day together experiencing the region.  Destinations like the Yarra Valley are so close by to the Melbourne CBD and a world away from the stresses of day to day life.  Not to mention getting out of the City for the day, be it on company time or on the weekend, will have everyone excited. 

The natural beauty of the Yarra Valley coupled with the incredible local produce and not forgetting the incredible quality of wines in the region offer a foodie’s delight!  Plan your itinerary well incorporating visits to a few well known wineries like Oakridge DeBortoli, or for smaller numbers book a Yarra Valley party bus winery tours.  If there is enough time, include a stop off at the Yarra Valley Dairy  before arriving at the Yarra Valley Lodge to enjoy a sumptuous long lunch choosing from 2 delicious Yarra Valley inspired Christmas Feasts.  

THE UGLY SWEATER PARTY

Now this Christmas Party idea is certain to be a focal point of discussion in the lead up to an office or family Christmas party!  The concept around this party idea is that everyone is instructed to find – or better yet create – the ugliest Christmas sweater imaginable.  Now I know what you are thinking, its Summer so sweaters may not be ideal, however if you are holding your party indoors the venue will be air conditioned – perfect! Otherwise you can adapt the idea to be based around a Christmas outfit, shirt, hat - you get the idea.  Those who don’t prepare can be given something they have to wear on the day when they arrive that is super embarrassing.  Decorate the venue with bright and gaudy Christmas decorations and hold a draw for the most impressive outfit.

THE OUTDOOR LAWN PARTY

Bring the inside, outside for a more relaxed and informal Christmas Party enjoying the late afternoon sun.  For an event with WOW factor it’s ideal to choose a venue that has a great views and open spaces – our picturesque views of the Yarra Valley work extremely well for this style of event.   Work with a theming company to set up comfortable lounging areas, couches, bean bags and dry bars serving a grazing style menu and a selection of superb Yarra Valley wines (of course!).  You guests can mingle and socialise playing a game of bocce and other fun team building activities or simply kick back with a few of their friends and watch the sun set while listening to an acoustic artist.  String fairy lights around the venue and after the sun has set, up the music tempo and the party can really get started!

CHRISTMAS KARAOKE

If you are looking for a work Christmas party idea on a budget, Christmas Karaoke is an entertaining inclusion into any team Christmas Event and ideal if your numbers are on the smaller side.   Everyone loves Karaoke and throw a few Christmas themed cocktails into the mix and you can do away with hiring a band for the night and let your team provide the entertainment!  If you have a larger group tasking every department to come up with their own ‘show’, dancing, singing or even a little lip syncing will see everyone collaborating and having a great time on the night.  

Make certain you book a venue that is suitable for volume and don’t forget to book the karaoke machine! Make it easy and fun for the team to prepare their acts by providing song lists to choose from and giving out awards for best or most creative group.  Get the team talking and engaging even more by enlisting the management team to put together their own act or karaoke tune at the beginning of the event, not everyone likes going first and if they see the management team enjoying themselves and happy to put themselves out there, the rest of the team are likely to follow more enthusiastically.

A CHRISTMAS MASQUERADE BALL

If you are looking to hold a more formal style of Christmas Party, why not consider a Christmas Masquerade Ball?  This style of event is sure to create a lot of atmosphere and mystique in a ballroom setting and you can theme the venue to the nines with a wintery Christmas wonderland theme.  It’s essential that you all the team plenty of notice when arranging this type of ball as it can take some planning for them personally to come up with their own unique outfit.  

Encourage the team to come prepared with their own mask by providing you tube links, links to online stores or even arrange a mask workshop in the office, offering a prize to the best dressed.  For those to haven’t arrived with a mask, you can set up a mask station where they can put one together on the night and arrange for a photo booth with a box of props which will make for a hilarious memento of the night.  

Menu wise you could consider a more formal seated event or a more substantial cocktail style menu, drinks served on arrival then a funky bar set up where they head to for a top up.  Whichever menu or seating style you choose, it is essential to ensure a dancefloor and if budget can stretch, an incredible band as being dressed incognito so to speak will encourage even the faint hearted to head to the dance floor!

LET US HELP YOU CREATE A CHRISTMAS PARTY TO REMEMBER!

Yarra Valley Lodge offers one of the most beautiful backdrops for your Christmas party.  So, if you are looking for unique Christmas party venues in Melbourne, we are only a short 45-minute drive from the CBD.  We have 8 flexible and light filled spaces idea for an indoor event and incredible outdoor event spaces, so you and your guests can really make the most of the destination and the views.   

Choose from one of our two Christmas Party packages which include a 3-hour beverage package, Christmas decorations and bon bons, or work with and our talented chefs to craft an exquisite menu from an incredible range of locally sourced produce and right out of over very own kitchen garden.     

Looking to enjoy Christmas in the Yarra Valley in 2018? If you are looking for a stress free Christmas Day with the family, join us for a Yarra Valley Christmas lunch!   Our Christmas Day lunches are highly sought after offering an incredible selection of hams, beef, turkey along with the freshest of seafoods, salads and vegetable using locally sourced produce and goods.  A range of the best Yarra Valley wines, local beers and ciders will also compliment this delicious lunch and make certain to leave room for the tempting desserts! 

If you are looking for Yarra Valley Accommodation for your Christmas Party, we have a range of superbly appointed accommodation rooms and suites with incredible views overlooking the surrounding hills and valleys from your very own balcony.