It’s that time of year again, when companies leave the mundane office work behind for a brief period to throw a party for their employees and families come together in the hopes that their black sheep uncle will cancel last minute. Thing is, when we hold these events year after year with little variety they start to get stale until so much bad booze has been guzzled that the rapid rise in the pitch of partygoers voices can quickly turn to angry screams.
To avoid a like Christmas catastrophe, you should try something different, something that will keep guests reasonably lubricated while giving them something to remember. Every year party organizers say “This year it will be different”, even though everyone knows that won’t necessarily be true. Here are a few ideas to make it true.
THE GIN BOX
If your friends and family are gathering in an open area for a party during the end of the year festivities, you can spice your party up with a twist on the traditional bar by hiring The Gin Box. Serving premium gins out of a converted horsebox, the team behind the gin box will serve you up a splendid G&T, mix you a few cocktails, or bring along a number of other alcohols at your request. After your party is over, clean up is easy - the Gin Box just drives away!
THE TRAVELING GIN CO.
It seems illogical given the cold and damp winter, but some of us will definitely be throwing parties outdoors - or at least in a covered, heated outdoor area. If that’s the case, then the best thing to do to get yourself some cocktails and a topic of conversation is to call the Traveling Gin Co. This team of two hauls around premium gins, mixers and more on their bicycle bars. The startup is following the trend for pop-up bars and restaurants in a very portable manner!
SPIRITS SLINGERS IN THE HOME
To really wow your guests and make your Christmas party one to never forget, the best thing to do is to hire a professional bartender to serve your guests the best cocktails. The FT’s How to Spend It supplement recently published a feature talking about high-end cocktail bar chains such as the Experimental Cocktail Club Group which offer home services. Apart from the cocktails, the real charm for your guests is the chance for a little bar stool psychiatry: when talking with other guests starts to drag on them, they can go chat with your hired bartender!
SOD IT ALL AND TAKE A JOB WITH GOOGLE
Looks like the mantra "Don't be evil" involves throwing huge Christmas bashes for your employees. The Belfast Telegraph reports that this year, Google's Dublin office "invested" €300,000 in their office party... if you could call it an office party. Complete with ice skating rink, ferris wheel, and people on horseback dressed up as New York City police officers, the only way Googlers will forget the event is if they over-served themselves. We wonder what gin the were drinking. Is Google working on an algorithm for the perfect gin distillation?