Are you and your friends are looking to celebrate this Christmas in style? If so, here are 10 steps to organising a great festive party.
1. Your first step should be to establish who will be coming along to the party. Is it all your old friends from school or university? Friends from work? Is it going to be a lads night or girls-only?
2. Next, think about where you all live and where will be most convenient for you to get to and from. That may mean your local city or nearby town.
3. Do you want to spend all night in one great bar/restaurant or spread your evening across a number of venues? If it's the latter, then you'll want to make sure your chosen town or city has enough to offer.
4. Next up, you need to think about how much your party will focus on food. If having a sit-down meal is the focal point in the evening, for example, then you may need to make sure the venues you're considering have a menu that is appropriate for everyone.
5. You'll also need to make sure the venue has enough availability on the nights you want to go out. This could be a deal-breaker, so it's best to make enquiries as soon as possible.
6. It's also a good idea to check the opening and closing times of the venues you want to go to. If you're planning on staying in one venue all night, or for most of the night before you go a club, this could be important information.
7. Something else to consider before you book a venue is whether they have a theme. For instance, you may want somewhere that sells cocktails to start the evening off a little differently.
8. By now, you should have a good idea of what venue you want to make the focal point of the evening. Make sure you book up early to avoid disappointment and, if necessary, pay the deposit.
9. If you can't get a lift there and back, and if public transport isn't a viable option, you may need to book taxis for your group. Think about how many of you there are and how many vehicles you need and, once again, book early to avoid problems.
10. If you're going a little further afield this Christmas, then you may want to invest in accommodation for the evening to avoid the hassle of getting there and back.
So, now you have some Christmas party ideas, it's time to find ideal Christmas party venues.