Monday, November 3, 2008

Combined Christmas Parties Offer Huge Savings for Businesses

While companies across Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. are cancelling Holiday parties, businesses in New Zealand have discovered a better idea -- combining their Christmas parties with other companies.

This tip comes courtesy of the article More the Merrier at Christmas in New Zealand's Star Times:
"Auckland-based New Zealand Corporate Events is helping smaller companies make the most of their Christmas party budget by organising combined functions for businesses wanting a little extra for their money."
And it's not all about saving money. You can actually throw a more elaborate employee bash by combining your Christmas party. Plus, you gain the expertise and resources of employees outside your company.
Benefits of Holding a Combined Party:
  • Cost savings
  • Increased networking opportunities
  • Big-company party atmosphere
  • Higher quality location and meal
  • Better entertainment
  • Shared party planning responsibilities
So before you cut the Christmas party from your budget, reach out to your colleagues and other small business owners to see if they'd be open to a combined event. Ask a local meeting planner if they have clients open to the idea.

Remember, a little creative thinking goes a long way. 

And don't forget to bring some much-needed laughter to the event with our funny employee awards.
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