If you have been given the job of organising a Christmas party, the task ahead of you can seem quite daunting at best, and downright scary at worst. If this sounds familiar, rest assured – you are not alone. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that your party goes without a hitch and your stress levels are kept to a minimum.

The number one rule to remember when you are organising any event is that it is never too early to start planning. This is especially true at Christmas because there will be a lot of people thinking along the same lines as you. Whether you are a seasoned Christmas party organiser or a newcomer to the scene, our quick guide to organising the perfect celebration will help you breathe a little easier from now until the big event.

Set a date

There are some essentials you need to get on top of when organising an event sooner rather than later. We don’t need to tell you that Christmas is a busy time of year, so leaving dates till the last minute is not an option. Work out potential dates and go for a ‘majority rules’ when choosing one. The closer to Christmas you want the party to take place, the more popular those dates will be.

Establish the budget

Another major consideration is the amount of money you have at your disposal to organise the bash. The size of your budget will dictate the type of Christmas party you organise. Get a figured sorted out early in the process to avoid spending time on unrealistic plans.

Select a venue

Do some research into different venues and work out what type of venue will work best for your event. Restaurants are a popular choice for office Christmas parties as everything is provided. You won’t have to worry about decorations, hiring furniture or theming the event. In fact, the only thing you will have to worry about is placing the food order (and this can often be done in advance). London’s Masala Zone Indian brasseries offer a welcome break from the usual roast dinner with all the trimmings. And with seven venues around London there is plenty of choice.

Focus on food

Which brings us on to the all important factor of food. Everyone loves a well-cooked, authentic Indian meal, so you are not going to see manyraised eyebrows if you suggest a Christmas curry. And you can feel safe in the knowledge that the thalis, curries, street food and desserts on the Masala Zone menus will guarantee you a cracker of a Christmas party.

Don’t forget drinks

Most people like a tipple at Christmas and work parties are renowned for the drunken antics of colleagues. Make sure the bar budget isn’t blown on flaming sambucas in the first hour by getting bottles of wine and beer for the table and a few cocktails as a pre-dinner aperitif. At Masala Zone, you can also get 25% off all bottles of Prosecco ordered at your Christmas party.‘Tis the season to be merry, after all…

Keira Rose