Work Christmas Party Ideas For The Silly Season!
Christmas is around the corner which means its time to get planning an end of year work celebration – yeeha! The Highlands has a plethora (say that five times after a few celebratory wines!) of unique locations, awesome businesses and feasting options.
If you’re the one in the office tearing your hair out trying to come up with something that will keep everyone happy, we’ve popped together some ideas that will cover big groups, small groups, rowdy groups, relaxed groups – any sort of group, really!
Are your work colleagues like puppies and you need to wear them out with some physical action? Get them outside with FootGolf (think soccer on a golf course!) at Peppers Craigieburn. This is a load of fun and sure to get competitive juices flowing.
If a slower pace of outdoor activity is required, head to a local bowling club - go barefoot, grab a beer and get your Crackerjack on!
Getting back to nature doesn’t necessarily mean skimping on gourmet food and delicious wine. Wild Food Adventures’ Canoes, Champagne and Canapes day out is the perfect combination of food, wine and wilderness. Or book the Waterfalls Wander and Wine tour for bush walking, stunning waterfalls, a dip in a natural pool, wine tastings, a bit of retail therapy and lunch at the iconic Harry’s on Green Lane! No Instant Deb Mashed Potato or thermos to be seen! Totally jor-met, people.
One vine day
So many beautiful wineries in our very own backyard here in The Highlands, plenty with delicious menus and inviting spaces to kick back for the perfect long lunch (you might want to shut the office for the afternoon!).
Head to Cuttaway Hill Wines in Exeter for rolling hills of vines (and they do yoga classes with wine tastings - best. idea. evah!) and the gorgeous Joadja Estate is also pretty spesh. We love Tractorless Vineyard's Urban Cellar concept too - a cafe, a wine bar, deli and brew pub all under the one roof! Love it! Check out our Wineries Directory for a full list of the amazing local vineyards and wineries we have here in The Highlands.
Centennial Vineyards is another with beautiful views and you can even arrive by helicopter! Might need to stretch the budget for that one, but if it’s been a good year…why not?
If you’re a super dooper delegator, outsource the entire day to The Highlands Tour Co. These guys have unselfishly researched all the local wineries, distilleries and breweries and run tours with a local guide, catering for up to 50+ passengers in chauffeur driven luxury cars, vans or mini-coaches. Get them to do all the muscle work so the only muscle you have to exercise that day is your right bicep.
For the arty (and definitely not so arty) groups, spend a few hours with a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other at Paint Pinot. You’ll be surprised at how those creative juices flow at the same rate as the wine.
The SHAC at Roberston also offer up plenty of fun and creative workshops - our pick is Life Drawing! And Art at the Cowshed with local artist Kirsten Deakin is perfect for smaller groups. They run fab art classes for groups of up to 8.
The Highlands is chockas with restaurant and dining out options for groups. Here are some ideas for you, but be sure to check out our Restaurant Directory for all the wonderful eating options across the region.
If you don’t feel like being a Do-Bee sharer and fancy a venue to yourself, book out the entire space at Glass Café in Mittagong.
Or if a picture perfect and totally Instagrammable location appeals, Burrawang General Store’s mezzanine level has a 22 seat table or book out the main floor for up 50 people.
Fancy making the most of warm Highlands evenings? Biota’s casually chic courtyard area is ideal for a small group of foodies, or for something super-chilled and casual, head next door to Bertha's Meats for slow and low deliciousness Oh, and Bowral’s Royal Hotel al fresco area has the relaxed, summer vibe totally going on.
And put Moss Vale's Wine Mosaic Lounge on your radar for pre and post party cocktails, craft beer and scrumptious wine!
Catering options are available for workplaces who like to party in their own space and we’re lucky to have so many super dooper creative caterers in our own backyard – check out our Catering Directory here!
We love the gourmet platters (and the amazing desserts) Bec from Black Hen Kitchen creates. And have you checked out the new offering from Bendooley Estate Larder? They do catering too - think fresh, local, delicious and gourmet, baby!
Round round get around
Celebrating the end of the work year can often mean a few more drinks than normal. Highlands Chauffeured Hire Cars, Southern Highlands Taxis and the 05 Club can take the stress out of working out who is driving and getting staff to and from venues…. and December in The Highlands can be a little stinkin’ hot, so air-conditioned comfort can be a good thing, right?