To organise a party you inevitably have to deal with the people. People can be fun, friendly and a pleasure to be with. Or they can be a royal pain in the butt. With people comes politics and I’m not talking about whether their allegiances lie with Labour or the Tories. When the Christmas party plans are drawn up, grudges come to the fore and the murmurs of discontent about last year’s do reach a crescendo. This will be when the boss’s PA reveals she won’t sit with the sales manager and his wife because her husband made a drunken pass at the woman during the previous year’s event. Or the marketing assistant who has regularly munched his way through countless bacon sandwiches during the year declares himself a vegan at the eleventh hour.
Fortunately, Christmas party planning is not all doom and gloom. While the people may be the downside of the planning, finding a venue is definitely far more fun. In Sussex we are fortunate to have many such venues at our disposal, such as Sussex County Cricket ground in Hove. The oldest professional sports club in the UK, Sussex County Cricket Club dates back to 1839. Recently refurbished, the Museum within the ground is dedicated to the history of cricket in Sussex and beyond. It’s a great space for entertaining up to 50 guests for lunch or dinner and is pleasantly different from your usual run-of-the-mill hotel venue. If you have more guests attending your event, the Spen Cama Pavilion Dining Room can accommodate up to 120 guests for lunch or dinner, and the Boundary Rooms can host up to 180 people on cabaret-style tables
You can’t please everyone all of the time. If you have been passed the poisoned Christmas party chalice then do yourself a favour and make sure you have a cracking venue booked for the event. If you haven’t booked somewhere already now is the time to do so before all the best ones have gone. And make sure on the night there’s plenty of booze. You’re going to need it…
In a previous life Sam Bilton had the dubious pleasure of organising the staff Christmas party. Being a sociable kind of girl, she liked a shindig as much as the next person. but Sam quickly came to realise that arranging the annual work bash is a tortuous path to follow