Who should pay for the work Christmas party?

Research from Best Parties Ever has revealed that a third of employees expect a spend of more than £50 per head.

Employees of small businesses are split on who should be footing the bill for work Christmas parties, with 49% of staff saying it should be their employer who picks up the tab. 

The research, from Best Parties Ever, polled 1,600 respondents and reveals the motivations and requirements of corporate Christmas celebrations ahead of the party season.

Planning

The survey results show that early bookings and being organised has topped the charts, with just 7% of organisers leaving Christmas to the last minute. 62% said they book 3-6 months in advance, and 14% have Christmas all wrapped up 7-12 months ahead.

Fridays remain the most popular day of the week for parties (51%) with Saturdays coming in a close second at 35%.

When it comes to the ideas for the party, 47% of people like to do something different each year, 20% would prefer to stick to a trusted formula, and 32% like to mix and match tradition with new options.

A third of people suggest that spend per head should be more than £50 for their festive celebrations. Around 67% focused on a ‘one-stop shop’ all-inclusive package over fragmented and split costs with optional extras. 

At the party

A traditional three course menu is the winning food option with 56% of people opting for it. Canapés and finger food nibbles were the least popular choices receiving just 4% of the vote.

Prosecco is top of the tipples with 35% of the vote, just ahead of cocktails at 27%.

To get the party started, 43% chose an 80s banger, with only 15% opting for traditional Christmas tunes and 16% for current chart toppers.

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