Party Nights Out

Posted On November 24, 2006

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Plan an office night out that really works > Pay attention to all the details when arranging the party and make sure a good time is had by all.

If there’s one time we’re all up for a good night out, it’s undoubtedly the festive season, when everyone expects a lunch or dinner to remember. The most memorable ones very often start as lunch, then move on to dinner and then continue into the small hours.

The secret of organising a good party night is getting it right for everyone involved, which can be quite tricky if there’s a wide range of ages and tastes.

If you have a natural organiser in your office, you’re fortunate, as they’re the ones who’ll have been prising money from all the staff every month and piling it up for the festivities.

The result will be a kitty big enough to carry most of the cost of the Christmas lunch, dinner or party – which is good news at this time of year.

Having paid in advance always seems to make it more enjoyable, so it’s worth thinking about getting organised as early as you can bear.

Although planning it months – sometimes even a year – in advance is popular with some people, it’s always a good idea to find out if there have been recent discoveries or recommendations by others. While it is relatively easy to find somewhere serving standard Christmas fare topped up by seasonal music and the odd game, attention to detail is what turns the mundane into the spectacular.

If there’s a relatively small number of people going out, then the majority vote will probably carry the day. In those cases it can be really enjoyable to book somewhere particularly good, perhaps the type of place you would normally consider being a bit beyond your means.

It’s worth splashing out for quality, or getting involved in a much bigger event, such as a ball or grand dinner, and letting everyone have a wonderful time dressing up to the nines and dancing the night away. If you can, book taxis for the end of the event as nothing spoils a good night out faster than realising you face a three-hour wait or the same length of time trudging home in totally unsuitable clothing.

Organising a big crowd can sometimes be easier, as you can try to have something to suit everyone. The hardest part is probably deciding where to eat, especially when there are such a huge variety of places to choose from.

Take into account that some of the party may want to go dancing or prefer live entertainment, and look at venues which also have a function room or are close to clubs. You need to cut down the amount of travel involved, as getting taxis might prove difficult.

Some restaurants lay on good entertainment in the form of comedians, DJs or bands, so it’s always worth looking around locally rather than feeling forced to head for the city centre. It’s the unexpected little details which can ensure that a works’ night out is a huge hit.

Sometimes, going somewhere completely different is a big hit, with events such bingo or gambling catching the imagination.

Karaoke is always popular, and as we draw near to Hogmanay, traditional bands and ceilidhs tempt everyone into indulging in a little patriotic celebration. Glasgow offers every kind of night out you could want, from totally formal to a relaxed buffet followed by pubbing and clubbing ’til you drop.

If you fancy being chauffeured around town in a luxury limo and then taken safely home, that can be arranged.

Areas like the Merchant City or Byres Road manage to inject the fun element in every corner, with a festive atmosphere and spirit spilling out of every venue and enticing everyone to join in. Glasgow has a well-earned reputation for partying like nowhere else.

Since so many Christmas parties now start at lunch time and end up in the wee small hours, you need stamina to enjoy yourself, but that never seems to be a problem. As always, a little common sense makes sure the night’s a resounding success, even if it seems a bit boring to be that sensible.

It’s easy for people to disappear in a big crowd so agree beforehand to keep an eye on each other and make sure no-one has so much to drink they don’t know what’s going on, or wander off alone. Look after each other, make sure you all get safely home and always think twice before jumping on any colleagues, or worse, your boss – you still want to have a job next morning.

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