12 Alternative Christmas Parties For 2020

You wouldn’t be alone in assuming office Christmas parties were going to be off this year. But like so many, the country’s leading events companies have turned adversity into opportunity and come up with a range of digital solutions – many of them packaged in one-stop shop boxes – to keep you and your colleagues entertained. There’s no reason you couldn’t use some of them to connect with distant friends and family on the big day itself, too. Here’s our pick of the bunch…

Snook Events: ‘Christmas In A Box’

BEST FOR: The complete package. 

The founders at Snook fully believe the magic of Christmas can be embraced digitally and that it is possible for everyone to celebrate the festive season from their own homes. Providing bespoke party solutions, its ‘Christmas In A Box’ kit features all the culinary, interactive and immersive details you could want. Featuring live-streamed entertainment (think the world’s top DJs, bands and comedic acts), tailored activities and a range of personalised touches, the party will be delivered right to your door in time for some much-needed Christmas cheer.

Visit SnookEvents.co.uk

Madame Geneva & Gent: ‘A Very Merry Christmas’

BEST FOR: Luxe drinking. 

With a specific focus on luxe cocktails and small numbers of guests, Madame Geneva & Gent’s Christmas experience will help your team members explore what would have been eaten and drunk during the 12 days of Christmas during Tudor, Georgian and Victorian times, before looking at why Charles Dickens wrote ghost story A Christmas Carol. With each participant receiving their own cocktail box full of festive tipples, guests can get busy mixing and sampling a mulled gin fizz as well as the 'Christmastini’ – a festive take on the classic martini cocktail – at the same time. 

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Smart Parties: ‘The Smart Virtual Christmas Party’

BEST FOR: Top-notch catering.

When a face-to-face party just isn’t possible during this year’s festive season, you can rely on Smart Christmas Parties and its ‘Party In A Box’, which combines physical home delivery with an interactive online experience tailored to your needs. Dine on a three-course decadent dinner or graze on artisan cheeses and charcuterie, accompanied by the all-important drinks and party novelties. With streamed entertainment and a live broadcast from your CEO or host inviting you into a night of delight, each kit is priced at £79 per person, plus VAT.

Visit SmartParties.co.uk 

The New Black Studio: ‘The Little Black Box’

BEST FOR: Something special. 

The Little Black Box is an event in a box, designed to bring joy to your colleagues and guests. Every package provides safe, creative and innovative ways to host events without being in the same space, plus you can build you own, so you’re always on top of budgets. Work with the team to create the ideal box for your event, before selecting either a luxe hand-delivery or standard courier service to take them out to the team. With everything up for grabs – from delicious food to the latest tech gadgets – there are myriad ways to treat your staff and show them your appreciation. 

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Every team member will receive a box at home tailored to their requirements and filled with Christmas menus developed by leading caterers

Penni Black: 12 Canapé Tasting Menu

BEST FOR: Festive nibbles.

Maybe you’re opting for an informal online get together – but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some festive bites and bubbles to go with. Penni Black can provide attendees with a 12-canapé tasting menu, designed around the ‘12 Days of Christmas’ song. It also has a Nordic julbord menu, complete with wood, pine and twinkly lights to dress your at-home venue. Or, if it’s an alternative style you’re looking for, there’s an opulent medieval-style feast on offer. For those looking for something small, choose the drop-off canapé box, which comes ready to serve, and the company can also provide a bucket of beverages on ice, with twist-and-shake Christmas jam jar cocktails ready to go.

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The Event Book: ‘Christmas Delivered’

BEST FOR: Fun-filled activities.

‘Christmas Delivered’ is The Event Book’s virtual party solution for 2020. With packages starting from £25, and everything fully customisable, ‘Christmas Delivered’ enables you to celebrate and thank your employees in what has been a challenging 2020. The boxes will be delivered to your team five days prior to the event – with no-one allowed to open their box until the party starts. On the day of the event, everyone will gather online on bespoke banqueting and events software with no download required (we’re told it’s far superior to Zoom), to enjoy a fun and fully hosted two-and-a-half-hour party experience. To make it extra special, why not opt for a specialist masterclass for everyone to take part in? Choose from wreath making, a cheese and wine tasting or cocktail making – to name a few.

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Evolve Events: ‘Christmas In A Box’

BEST FOR: A transportive experience.

‘Christmas In A Box’ is the hassle-free way to host a virtual Christmas party this year. Every team member will receive a box at home tailored to their requirements and filled with Christmas menus developed by leading caterers Caiger & Co. While you feast at home, a range of entertainment will be broadcast straight to your living room, from Evolve’s virtual alpine lodge. With over 15 different virtual entertainment acts to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find something to get everyone engaged, while also supporting your brand and company’s ethos. Want to try it out before you commit? The company regularly hosts showcase events so bosses and managers can see what they’re getting everyone into. There are also a range of boxes available, depending on budget. 

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MGN Events: Virtual Christmas Parties

BEST FOR: End-to-end planning.

With more than 60 virtual activities on offer, there’s bound to be something to keep your team happy this Christmas at MGN. To make the party extra special, the company will design, pack and ship bespoke boxes including all the equipment, gifts and ingredients your teams need to participate. From virtual wellbeing workshops to lip-sync battles, you’ll benefit from expert pre-event management, gift sourcing, a personal online technician and even post-event support. Quotes are available via online enquiry, and the company’s team of virtual party planners are on hand to ensure everything runs smoothly. 

Visit MGNEvents.co.uk

Every package provides safe, creative and innovative ways to host events without being in the same space, plus you can build your own, so you’re always on top of budgets.

Office Party Box: Christmas Party Boxes

BEST FOR: Those on a budget. 

Whether you send them as part of an online party or just as a gift, think of this as the affordable way to treat your staff in the wake of a difficult year. With treats including traditional Quality Street, festive-flavoured popcorn and cosy socks, the boxes start from just £25pp. Keen to push the boat out for senior team members or those who have made an outstanding contribution this year? The luxe office party box makes for a special gift for staff, full of tasty but healthy snacks. Think gluten-free sea salt crackers in addition to all-time favourites such as clotted cream fudge and Scottish oatcakes.

Visit OfficePartyBox.co.uk 

The Office Christmas Party: ‘Virtual Festive Frenzy’

BEST FOR: Competitive types.

If Christmas parties of years gone by usually take a competitive turn (think pub quizzes, trivia rounds and games), then fear not – The Office Christmas Party company has you covered. Go virtual this year with its ‘Festive Frenzy’ activity bundle, packed full of interactive, festive-themed trivia. With three rounds to take part in, participants will have to work together to answer a range of fun, festive trivia questions, plus photo and video challenges. Whether you're re-enacting your favourite festive film or working against the clock to score those extra important bonus points – there really is something for everyone to get involved in. Plus, they’ll ensure teams are brought together at various points for some group challenges. Prices start from £12pp +VAT, plus a £250 +VAT remote facilitation fee per 50 participants. 

Visit OfficeChristmas.co.uk

Clown Fish Events: ‘The Christmas Takeaway’

BEST FOR: High-energy entertainment. 

With this package, your company and colleagues are the stars of the show, broadcast live from Clown Fish’s own studio. Expect high-energy entertainment, with a live DJ, charismatic host and interactive games and challenges via a company-branded microsite. Want to see your bosses go head to head? Rules permitting, you can even send two or three colleagues to the studio for a live showdown.

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Yes Entertainment: Virtual Christmas Parties

BEST FOR: Large numbers.

With bronze, silver and gold packages available, the team at Yes Entertainment can cater for offices anywhere between six and 600 people. By booking virtual ‘tables’ you’ll be seated with a small selection of colleagues to drink and chat about the past year, while more elite packages contain everything from cocktail-making classes to wine hampers sent out to every guest. With prices starting from just £35pp, there are already a host of dates blocked out on the company’s website – so make you move quick.

Visit YesEntertainment.co.uk
 

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