How to reward your team: Traditional Christmas Fun
How To Reward Your Team: Traditional Christmas Fun
By Ava Szajna-Hopgood
Yes, we know it’s still a few weeks off yet, but a rushed Christmas party (or one that ends up taking place in mid-February) is no way to spread festive cheer when your team have been working hard all year long. What’s more, a few well thought-out trips or treats that all of your staff can attend will do wonders for morale when there’s still the whole of a dark and foggy November to get through. So delve into our lucky dip of fun ideas for some traditional Christmas celebrations over the next few weeks…
- Get into the mood with canapes and prosecco
In the race to that final train journey home on Christmas Eve, the idea of booking tables, comparing menu prices or even trying to get everyone in the same location at once might seem like an impossible feat. Everyone’s already booked up, half the team have asked most of December off and the rest have Nativity plays, in-laws arriving and a lot of letters to Father Christmas to intercept. So keep things low-key by ending a quieter day a few hours early, and treating everyone to prosecco and canapes in the office. It’s an easy way to make sure a bar tab doesn’t go OTT at the local pub, and also gives you the chance to raise a glass (or two) to your team before the festivities really take over. Crumble do a hard-to-resist Christmas Canapes and Prosecco package featuring the likes of smoked salmon on crispy focaccia, quail eggs on herb pancakes, Vietnamese summer rolls and roasted butternut, feta and red onion chutney tartlets, all topped off with a couple of glasses of the fizzy stuff. Chin chin!
Price: £22.50 per head
Location: They’ll deliver to you
Date: Crumble just need 72 hours notice, so whenever suits you
- Plan a proper Christmas knees-up without having to leave the office
In the run up to the end of the year, deadlines might be tight and drinks reserved for strictly after office hours, but there’s no need to go entirely Dickensian. Book the meeting room for 12.00pm and arrange a surprise Christmas lunch for your team. Crumble provide a buffet-style, stress-free Full Christmas Dinner for £24 a person, including free range whole turkey with pigs in blankets, sweet potato mash, stuffing, homemade cranberry sauces and festive chocolate brownies with brandy and orange cream. If you fancy something a little lighter, you could go for Santa’s Working Lunch from Sands instead, which includes a Christmas Dinner/ the works sandwich in bloomer bread (which sounds right up our street), goat’s cheese and cranberry pastries, chilli crab cakes and of course, plenty of mince pies for all.
Price: Crumble’s Christmas Dinner is £24.00 a head, Santa’s Working Lunch is £13.14 per head
Location: In your very office!
Date: Crumble need 48 hours notice, and Sands require 24 hours notice
- Fill your stockings at RCA’s Christmas Fête
The Royal College of Art’s Christmas Fête is a wonderful excuse to invest in some affordable art and gifts that you know won’t be popping up in a Buy-1-Get-1-Free offer at Boots come Boxing Day. Now in its fourth year, RCA students get 100 per cent of the profits from their sales, and as a buyer, you get to meet and chat to the people actually making the gifts. It’s the perfect way to shop locally and do something festive with your staff that doesn’t necessarily revolve around drinking or mulled wine headaches. The Fête starts at 12pm each day, so grab a few staff members and spend an afternoon supporting some of the city’s brightest creative talents.
Price: Gifts range from £1- £200
Location: Royal College of Art, Kensington
Date: 3rd-5th December, 12pm-8pm each day.
- Plan a decadent breakfast for the morning after the office party
Combat the inevitable spate of ever-so-mysterious headaches among your team the morning after the Christmas party by promising a breakfast they’ll all want to get out of bed for. For £7.30 a head, Crumble will deliver a batch of festive sandwiches and smoothies right to your office desk, made with delicious e5 bakehouse baguettes and smoothies with frozen banana, pineapple, kale, mint and ginger.
If it’s really too much wishful thinking to expect a full office in time for breakfast, why not give everyone to a low-key lunch instead, which will also provide the perfect excuse for a debrief from everyone’s dancing skills the night before. Fork Deli offer brie, chive and caramalised onion festive quiche alongside a number of gorgeously prepared salads, including quinoa, pearl barley, roasted chestnut mushroom and pomegranate salad, or honey roasted parsnips and carrots, brussels sprouts and pumpkin seeds. Either way, these treats will be just what the doctor ordered and a damn sight tastier than an en-masse trip to a fast food chain.
Price: Crumble’s breakfast comes in at £7.30 a head, Fork Deli’s festive quiche costs £7.95 a head
Location: To arrive at whatever location suits you
Date: Fork Deli ask for 24 hours notice and Crumble need 36 hours notice.
- Watch Liberty’s Christmas Window Reveal
With gold ticker-tape streamers floating through the air and crowds gathering along one of London’s busiest shopping areas, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade had moved across the pond for 2014. But last year’s Christmas Window Reveal at Liberty’s was the perfect way to kick off the shopping season, and 2015’s event is shaping up to cram in even more festive delights. Free gifts, music and a surprise performer make Liberty’s the kind of turning-on-the-Christmas-lights event even the Scrooges amongst us can’t resist. Arrange to meet the team on Sunday afternoon for a few hours to get some early shopping done. It’ll be a much easier time for team members with children to socialise, without having to dash off for the school run, and it’s always nicer to turn the Christmas shopping haul into an excuse for a cocktail.
Price: It’s free to watch the reveal, so it’s just the odd cocktail or bag of chestnuts you’ll need to budget for
Location: Liberty, Great Marlborough StreetDate: 15th November