Underwhelming work Christmas parties are a thing of the past. Gone are the days of the stiff corporate cocktail party that leaves everyone standing around feeling a little awkward. These days, many companies are turning to innovative and creative ways to thank their staff for all their support and ignite their festive spirit.
With an array of clever solutions on offer, we have narrowed down five fabulous Christmas party ideas that will get your staff excited and looking forward to the festivities ahead.
Sydney has to be one of the most picture-perfect cities in the world, so why not use that to your advantage? Excite your staff with a rooftop soiree overlooking one of Sydney’s magical vistas, whether it’s the Harbour, beach views or a city-scape. A stellar rooftop venue creates delight and surprise for guests and will have them eagerly snapping away and soaking up those soaring views. InterContinental Sydney is lucky enough to boast one of the most supreme and exclusive views in the city from level 32’s Supper Club or level 31’s Harbour Room, each with breathtaking scenes of the Harbour’s iconic landmarks, Botanic Gardens and more.
Interactive cocktail party
This one will really get the foodies fuelled with delight. What’s not to love about incredible, tasty food paired with a little bit of theatre and excitement? Think a beautiful private setting featuring live cooking demonstrations by the chefs or dramatic cocktail-making scenes from mixologists and the bar-tending team. You can watch the chefs cooking your food right before your eyes and enjoy the delicacies on the spot – the ultimate culinary experience. For this party, the focus is going to be on the food and beverage, with guests mixing and mingling through each station, offering a completely unique foodie experience.
Decadent dinner party
If you are a smaller business who can really spoil your staff, why not consider an indulgent fine-dining experience for this year’s Christmas party? Sydney is brimming with first-class fine-dining restaurants – the only trouble you will have is choosing one. We recommend opting for a restaurant that has a private dining room so you can keep the party contained to one area. Our insider tip? InterContinental Sydney’s fine diner 117 dining offers the perfect combination of world-class fare, a stellar wine list and beautiful ambiance in a private setting.
Elegant High Tea
This idea is great for a refined and elegant day out with the staff – and it is also completely unique. Again, probably better suited to smaller groups, High Tea is a great daytime party option while still being fun and fabulous. Usually run over one and a half to two hours, this could be your prelude before heading on to dinner or drinks. Indulge in sweet treats, finger sandwiches, tarts and more over beautiful handpicked teas (or, for the naughtier version you could swap tea for champagne). Take a peek at our High Tea offering here and get in touch if you think this might be ideal for your next Christmas party.
Team building masterclasses
This is a great way to boost staff morale and get the whole team working together in a positive way. The other benefit is that you and your staff will learn a new skill! Masterclasses can include anything from cooking to cocktail-making and are a great way to offer something a little left-of-centre. There are lashings of masterclass options around Sydney – whether it’s pizza or pasta making, or learning how to perfect the art of cupcake-making, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Or, join us at InterContinental Sydney with a gnocchi-making class with Head Chef Luke Fernley or ultimate dessert masterclass with our Head of Pastry Simon Veauvy. You can find out more here.