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Time passes so swiftly that in a month’s time, we will be receiving 2017 and bidding goodbye to 2016. Before we usher into a new year, there is always the festive season that everyone looks forward to – Christmas! Orchard Road is already decked out in mesmerising festive lights and elaborate decorations.

Then you stop and ponder, am I going to be the one asked to organise yet another Christmas party with limited resources and time on top of the pile of work that has to be cleared?

Fret not, with this guide to planning an unforgettable party for your office, your dream party can materialise with just a few clicks, right from your desk. Our event pros at Orange Clove suggest that you start planning at least two months in advance, so get clicking right away.

1. Find the perfect party space

If you are on a tight budget, then the office may just be a safe space for your Christmas or year-end party, but the thought of wine spilled on your boss’s favourite sofa and the dread of cleaning the post-party mess may just dampen the jolly mood.

There are many alternative spaces in Singapore that cater for the kind of party you envision, with event venue finders such as we are spaces, which curate a list of cafes, bars, and houses for you.

If there’s extra budget, why not splurge it on a new experience on a yacht as you breeze through the southern island of Singapore.

2. Send invites to guests

Handwritten invites are really sweet, but it may not be the best way to go when you have hundreds of invites to post out unless you have a bunch of interns helping you out on this. Then again, a plain calendar invite may seem lacking in sincerity.

You don’t have to be a graphic designer to create your own Christmas invites, check out Paperless for the great variety of templates to choose from. What you have to do is simply enter your details and in a few seconds, ta-dah! You have your own exclusive party invite.

[And you’re welcome!]

3. Order a scrumptious Christmas feast.

It is no surprise that food is one of the biggest concerns with organising office parties. There are so many palates and dietary restrictions to take care of. Pizza parties are too passé and potluck is probably a hassle for many (considering that not everyone has a flare for cooking and baking). Plus, a real Christmas party is only complete with the usual suspects – honey baked ham, leg of lamb and traditional roast turkey.

Orange Clove, Singapore’s leading corporate caterer has launched its Christmas with Gramercy menu with a touch of novelty, consisting of Christmas-unique dishes such as baked fish with fresh dill and pomegranate jalapeno salsa, roasted paprika chicken with duo peppercorn cream sauce, pesto baked potatoes with mushroom ragu, and roasted beef with basil lemon rice and caramel cashew nut.

The menu runs from $20 per guest to $42 per guest for a lavish spread, and $15.99 for an intimate get-together or departmental celebration. Choose to spruce the party up with our classic black and gold Christmas thematic setup to get everyone into the mood.

You’re also given the option of adding on Christmas favourites like smoked turkey leg and whole lamb leg to complete your Christmas feast. Good news is that if you hold a UOB or HSBC card, you will be spoilt for choice with various promotions to choose from.

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4. Get entertainment for the party

Christmas is a time of giving, so keep your guests entertained by providing a comprehensive package. Think console games, board games and karaoke sets to make sure no guest walks away before the party starts.

If your colleagues are old school, consider renting board or card games. Ease out any awkwardness with familiar Christmas tunes in the background to get everyone to sing along. If you’re looking for more ideas for the party, tons of things are available for rent like PS4s, XBOXs, mahjong sets and trampolines.

But, don’t make it your personal goal to keep everyone entertained because you’re part of this party and you deserve the celebration too!

Get your professional karaoke rental sets from Impact KTV or Sparkz, complete with surround sound system, microphones and extensive set of song lists. Time to sing it out and discover the Adele-wannabe in your company.

5. Have a Santa appearance at your party

We’re sure a Santa or Santarina appearance would bring your party up a notch and regardless of our age, who can ever resist one? Let’s not upset colleagues by getting them to dress up as one just because the budget is tight. Your best bet would be a professional Santa for hire. Find out the rates from Ministry of Party and Santa Claus Academy.

Planning a party as a working adult is no easy feat, so hopefully these tips helped ease your load a little to throw a party that is worth remembering. We are helping you to have a sweeter Christmas by having great deals for UOB and HSBC card holders.

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– Enjoy 10% off Christmas Buffets till 2nd Jan 2017
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– Complimentary Chocolate Ganache Log Cake for orders by 12th Dec 2016

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Orange Clove started out in 2008, providing cross-cultural style fusing Asian and International dishes with creative interpretation. We keep your expectations high and deliver them through nothing less than gastronomic fares with a thematic setup to tease your senses.

Corporate events are our forte. Be it a business gathering, product launch or seminar, or larger-scale such as dinner and dance, opening ceremony or graduation, we are able to make them happen.

We are capable of arranging event of any scale, pleasing bosses, clients, colleagues and yourself. Orange Clove is your professional and reliable partner for any important event.

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