It’s time to book Christmas work parties

The Cooloola Coast is full of restaurants and locations to throw a party!

The Cooloola Coast is full of restaurants and locations to throw a party!

Try thinking of your Christmas party as an event, rather than a get-together. Instead of the traditional sit-around-somewhere-and-eat party, you could host a party based around a location or activity.

Here are some options for locals and visitors to help your party be the stand out event on the calendar:

Get out of the night time groove. While we tend to think of parties as evening affairs, they don’t have to be. Even if your work Christmas party idea is to host a meal for your guests at one of our many eateries on the coast, it will have a different atmosphere at a lunch and you could combine it with fun activities.

Break the mould. Whatever you normally do, change it from year to year. No matter what you did for your last company Christmas party, there will always be a certain percentage of people who will find it boring if you do it again.

Turn it into a family affair. People’s expectations and behaviours will change if you broaden your guest list to include staff and their families to your staff Christmas party. For one thing, you can aim for a healthy event.

And, as an added bonus, more people will be likely to attend as they don’t have to get sitters.  Activity-based parties are especially good for this. People of all ages can play cricket, for instance.

Mix up your guest list. Instead of hosting a company Christmas party that’s just for staff, you could widen your guest list to include business associates and turn it into an annual beach cricket day or touch footy competition, bushwalk to a lake or 4WD trek.

Attendees will have a chance to meet new people and be less likely to get trapped into endless shop talk conversations.

Activity Activity Activity. Book a trainer for the day – learn how to surf, along with all your team. Go fishing, barefoot bowls, tennis, bushwalk….

Join the Wildlife.  Kayak with the dolphins, join the dolphin ferry or book them to tour the Sandy Straits to spot dugong. Get back to nature!

Pamper Days Massages, facials, manicures, makeovers – what staff member would want to miss this party (can be tailored to the blokes as well).

Progressive Dinners. Target eating out options within walking distance. Your first destination for starters, move on for the next course and finally to dessert. Great to grab some exercise and fun for all. Be sure to organise with the restaurants and cafes beforehand.

Mystery events. Just do the above, but don’t tell them until the day. Book a bus or take advantage of some of the courtesy buses in town!

Picnic Days. Remember those fantastic extended family picnics? With multigenerational cricket games, watersports, BBQ’s, shady trees, frisbee …. or why not make it a weekend; bring your team to the Cooloola Coast!

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