Wining and dining at Christmas

Festive dining
Festive dining

Organising the office Christmas party can be a tricky business.

Get it right and you could earn precious brownie points from the boss and the back-slapping praise of your colleagues. Get it wrong and the office could suddenly become a very lonely place.

The problem is that people’s ideas of what makes a good party vary considerably.

While the office young guns might fancy a night on the tiles at a trendy club, others will prefer a curry with a side-helping of speeches and office in-jokes.

The prospect of being dragged along to either event can make the end of year party seem more like a punishment than a pat on the back for your hard work.

You, as the party guru, must try to find the common ground and organise something that everyone will enjoy and that is much easier said than done.

But there are some basic rules that should ensure your party is one to remember for all the right reasons.

Venue - location is key. Make sure you can get there easily and that you can get home just as easily. Make sure there is a taxi system in place - don’t have everyone waiting around outside on a cold December night.

Food - getting the nosh spot on is a must to keep the hoards happy. A slice of overdone turkey breast and a few sprouts just don’t cut the mustard these days. Party organisers might want to ‘taste test’ the quality of a caterer’s cuisine before signing on the dotted line. You should also check that the venue can handle serving large numbers of people at the same time.

Booze - ply guests with as many drinks as you can. Nothing gets people dancing, chatting and partying quite like alcohol. So make sure the bar is well-stocked, well staffed and not due to close at 11 just as the party gets into full swing. But remember not everyone is there to get plastered so make sure there are plenty of soft-drinks available for teetotallers and drivers.

Drunken disasters - there’s not much you can do to prevent drunken moments of madness. But sometimes fights can get ugly so it might be worth hiring a couple of professional bouncers to keep it all in order.

Music - how do you keep everyone happy? It’s a matter of getting a good DJ who knows how to work a crowd. You want someone who will judge the mood and play some light disco stuff to begin with to get the older ones up and dancing and then some more up-to-date songs for the youngsters. It’s a good idea to have some quieter areas for people to just go and chat as well.

Luckily there are plenty 
of places here in town and round about that can help you have the perfect Christmas party.

The Castle Club is in an excellent location right here in the centre of Forfar and is now taking bookings for pre-Christmas lunches and evening meals. Just give them a call to discuss your needs further.

Foresters Restaurant and Coffee House just outside of town is also taking bookings and they have some great deals for their pre-Christmas and Christmas Day carvery. Why not have a look at their website to see if they could be the perfect place for your Christmas? Visit

Forfar Golf Club is also getting in on the Christmassy action with its offer of three pre-Christmas courses for £19.95.

The Drovers in Memus is taking bookings from December 2 to 24 so get in touch now as places are sure to go quickly. Larger groups are catered for so don’t hesitate to give them a call on 01307 860322.

Back in town Chapter and Verse in Castle Street has a whole host of offers in the run up to the big day including a buffet night every Thursday with a selection of British and Indian cuisine. Get in touch today to find out about discount deals on festive lunches.