5 tips for hosting a COVID-safe Christmas party

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Christmas might look a little different in 2020 but you can bet there'll still be a party!

With just nine weeks until Christmas (yes, nine), if you haven’t already locked in your corporate Christmas party plans, it’s time to get cracking!

We know this year’s Christmas celebrations will look a little different (and are definitely harder to plan!) but with restrictions easing across most states and territories, there are still plenty of ways to get your team together in a COVID-safe way.

Here are five of our top tips to remember when planning your 2020 Christmas party:

1. Choose a trusted venue with ample space

The first step to planning a COVID-safe Christmas party starts with the venue. Be sure to do your research to find out the current guidelines around gathering numbers to ensure your group can safely meet. We’ve done the hard work for you in our up-to-date guide to event restrictions across Australia.

Depending on what state or territory you’re in, there may be requirements for your event to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place – so check with your venue to find out what their plan is and how they’re implementing it.

2. Opt for an outdoor venue

To give your group ample space and fresh air, why not opt for an outdoor venue for your 2020 Christmas party? Rooftop spaces and open-air terraces are a great solution, giving your group the opportunity to soak up the summer weather while celebrating in a safe environment.

Private charter boats are also a great option for Christmas events and will give organisers peace of mind knowing the event is private and closed off to other members of the public.

Outdoor events are a safe way to gather

3. Keep it small

If you and your team are still a little hesitant to gather, why not keep it intimate with a small private dinner or lunch?

Intimate gatherings are the perfect solution for Christmas events this year, and luckily there is no shortage of amazing private dining venues to choose from all over the country.

4. Plan your catering

Since the pandemic, organisers have had to rethink the food and beverage offering at their events to ensure it adheres to strict, new hygiene protocol.

Many events will be moving away from buffets and share-style catering, and going for individually served canapes or plated meals instead. Get creative and serve a high-tea style lunch or dinner, or offer take-home packaged desserts to end the celebration.

Choose an experienced catering team to ensure your food and beverage offering is both delicious and COVID-safe.

Festive drinks are a must!

5. Make hygiene the priority

Above all else, hygiene and safety should be the top priority for your guests when it comes to hosting a corporate Christmas party.

Add a personal touch by providing branded or personalised hand sanitisers and even masks for the Uber ride home. Corporate gift and merchandise companies have loads of fun, practical solutions to ensure your guests feel safe to celebrate together.

COVID-safe merch for Telstra by Merchgirls

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