Christmas is fast approaching, yes only six weeks to go and now it’s time to make sure everything runs smoothly for your business over the holiday season. There is a lot to consider to make sure this time is stress free and that work resumes smoothly once the Christmas decorations are down. We wanted to help by putting together a handy checklist to make sure you are ready.

Staff cover and leave
Make sure you plan your staff schedule well in advance. Depending on the type of business you have Christmas may be the busiest time of the year and require more staff and additional opening hours. On the other hand, you may be a business that slows down towards Christmas and closes for a holiday at this time. In that case you need to make staff aware of these dates.

Postal services
If your business posts products make sure you check the postal dates and allow plenty of time for delivery. Don’t forget to let your customers know the date they need to order by to ensure delivery in time for Christmas.

Opening hours
Let your customers know in advance what hours you will be operating over the Christmas period. If you have a shop you could display the opening hours in the front window, if you have a website make it clear to customers what your availability is and send out an email newsletter if you have a client database.

Festive marketing
The Christmas season is a great time to promote your business. Show your existing customers your appreciation by posting a Christmas card or emailing a virtual card. It’s also a great time to entice customers with discounts and sales. Use a variety of media, such as website adverts, social media, print advertising and mail outs.

If you have any other helpful tips on preparing your business for Christmas, send us a message and we’ll add it to the list for next year.


What’s popular this year

So you’re trying to think of a great idea for this years Christmas party. We thought we’d do a little bit of research ourselves and find out what the most popular christmas party themes are this year. We were quite surprised to find the ‘Ugly Jumper Christmas Party’ was one of the most popular themes, while the all time favourite is the ‘Winter Wonderland Party’. One our favourite themes is the ‘Beach Christmas Party’ perfect for a New Zealand christmas.

Ugly Jumper Party Theme

sweater2The Ugly Jumper party theme is a great opportunity to show off those items of clothing hiding at the back of the wardrobe loved but never before worn in public. Complete the look with a pair of 80s stone washed jeans and some cheesy christmas music, everyone will have a rollicking good time.

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Winter Wonderland Christmas Party Theme

Winter-WonderlandAside from being the title of one of the most beloved christmas songs of all time, you can have fun in the snow while remaining nice and warm, with snowflakes and ice sculptures. Enjoy all the festive magic of winter without the cold.  At Silverstream Retreat we have a beautiful open fire place perfect for snuggling up by with hot chocolate and marshmallows or perhaps frozen martinis to celebrate at the end of the night.

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 Masquerade Ball Party Theme

Masquerade-ballMasquerade Balls are all about masks, the mystery and intrigue. Traditionally at a Masquerade Ball guests are encouraged to conceal their identities from one another until the final dance at midnight which ends in the unmasking. Bright colours, glamour and luxury should be part of the venue decorations, perhaps even a black carpet at the entrance with a masked string quartet.

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Hollywood Christmas Party Theme

HollywoodLadies and gentlemen! Welcome to the land of the rich and famous! The place where dreams come true! Celebrate in style and enjoy your christmas like a celebrity with a glitzy Hollywood/black tie themed party! Have a VIP welcome, as guests walk down the red carpet, with the flashing cameras of the paparazzi on hand to take pictures of your grand entrance, enjoy champagne on arrival and indulge in a traditional christmas dinner. Sing along to all your favourite movie songs.

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Willy Wonka Christmas Party Theme

Willy wonkaRelive the glory days of childhood with a Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory inspired party. Ditch the diet for the night with chocolate fountains, sweet feasts and candy floss machines with Oompa Loompas on hand to serve you and your guests. Treat your guests with a chocolate bar – who will find the golden ticket?

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Beach Christmas Party Theme

Inflatable Beach BallWhy not embrace the kiwi christmas and have a beach themed party. Hang a surf board on the wall, through beach balls around the room and serve up some hearty hotdogs and cranberry burgers. Your guests can wear their flip flops, sunnies and favorite summer shorts. Let your guests entertain themselves with a game of backyard cricket or a more leisurely game of petanque.

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If you have any other fabulous ideas for Christmas parties, let us know.

Christmas FunctionsChristmas Functions at Silverstream Retreat

Daylight saving has now started and Spring is well underway. It’s a scary thought, but Christmas is just around the corner. If you are in charge of organising your workplace Christmas function this year and you are looking for a venue in the Wellington region, make sure you put Silverstream Retreat first on your list. Silverstream Retreat is the perfect Christmas venue. Our two function venues have beautiful timber rafters, ambient lighting and a characteristic modern rustic feel, the boardwalk complex come complete with a cosy stone surround open fireplace.

Our Christmas function packages include a private function room decorated with Christmas cheer; table linen and Christmas centrepieces. Canapés on arrival followed by a three course specialty Christmas buffet menu. Local
Wairarapa wines, full bar service, including a selection of beer and non-alcoholic beverages.

We also have a variety of accommodation options available, bunk rooms, twin share rooms, studio motels and fully self-contained two bedroom apartments. We have facilities to accommodate groups of up to 250 guests.

What better way to celebrate a year of hard work than a gathering with great food, wine and friends at Silverstream Retreat? Bookings are filling up fast, so don’t be disappointed book today. For a copy of our Christmas function packages give us a call or send us a message.