The staff Christmas party doesn’t have to cost a fortune. However, it probably won’t be especially cheap either and it’s best to make sure you get the most for your money before you put down any deposits and settle on a venue. It’s important to shop around so that you know the going rate for certain types of party and you can budget accordingly.
It will of course cost you more to use a party planner. However, they may be able to get you discounts on venues and can use their contacts to get you good value for money. Just make sure you keep track of the price and don’t overspend, or hiring an events manager could become a false economy.
Look at different venues and activities to see what they cost so that you understand the market. This will help you to assign a budget in the first place.