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Your Christmas staff party will come round faster than expected, so get cracking on planning a great theme to end the year in style.  Imagine what elaborate decorations you could assemble if your end of year party budget could stretch a little further.

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This is the second in our series of articles for creating the ultimate end of year event. Check out our creative catering suggestions in part 1: Creative Catering, and combine a few of the latest food trends to create a foodie lovers fiesta! Be sure to follow our LinkedIn page for more great ideas.


Enchanted Forest 

Convert the inside of your chosen event space into a magical green wonderland of faux grass flooring, paper mache mushrooms and tree stump seats with twinkling strings of lights to set the mood. Set tables with native blooms, or try terrariums for a unique look to your event. Magic potion drinks, mysterious cupcakes and a chocolate fountain can add an enchanted touch to your catering while music can include naturalistic sounds as guests enter. Add a touch of gold here and there for a lavish look your guests won’t forget.

Enquire with the Events Team at Peppers Craigieburn and Peppers Manor House, Southern Highlands about hosting your end of year Enchanted Forest themed event.


Casino in Vegas

A casino theme with a lively Las Vegas vibe can be a great way to raise funds for your company’s charity of choice or otherwise, simply a night of fun and games. Embrace the casino theme by distributing a handful of chips to each guest on arrival and at the end of the night exchange the chips for prizes. Work with the Events Team at the venue of your choice to create a signature casino cocktail for the night and theme your tasty bites in black and red, just like the playing cards, Whatever you do, remember that the saying “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” may not apply to staff parties! Gamble responsibly.

Enquire with the Events Team at Mantra Bell City, Melbourne about hosting your end of year Casino in Vegas themed event.



Vibrant colours, silks, and the smells of delicious curry are what immediately come to mind at the mention of a Bollywood party. If your group is usually a lively bunch, this is the perfect theme for them. They can have the time of their life dancing the night away in eye-catching bejeweled outfits. Be sure to set out a big dance floor with state of the art audio technology, ensuring sound waves that won’t miss a beat. Have colours bursting wherever they fit with draped materials, and cater with everyone’s favourite snacks like pakora, samosas and tandoori chicken bites.

Enquire with the Events Team at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas about hosting your end of year Bollywood themed event.


Oscar Awards

Roll out the red carpet, post an “official” photographer and photo wall at the entry and let the fun begin! Keep the evening going with champagne glasses clinking through an awards ceremony and hand out novelty Oscar trophies for anything and everything that may have happened through the year. Consider a gold and red theme through the food, like a lolly station with Ferrero Rochers, butterscotch lollies and raspberries. Position a projector streaming movie trailers onto a blank wall, set up a photo booth with glamourous props and share microphones for cheesy celebrity interviews. Be sure to include a director’s chair with clapperboard for your CEO to yell “and cut!” at anyone within earshot.

Enquire with the Events Team at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa, Kingscliff about hosting your end of year Oscar Awards themed event.


Wild West 

Head out west for a wild end of year party and welcome in your company’s cowboys and cowgirls to a vibrant wild west setting. When picturing the room, think wagon wheels, cacti and cowboy hats strung from the ceiling. Source a few hay bales from your local farm for themed seating and timber table settings for all the wild west snacks. Take a more casual approach to catering, with guests galloping up to a spread of food inspired by the deep south. Think beef jerky strips and fried chicken wings, corn on the cob and steak and bacon bites. Serve this on red bandanna napkins and before your guests yell ‘yee-hah’ and ride off into the sunset, offer mini campfire cupcakes for dessert.

Enquire with the Events Team at Mantra on View, Surfers Paradise about hosting your end of year Wild West themed event.


Masquerade Ball

Intricate masks, gorgeous cocktail dresses and sleek suits and ties… What’s not to love about a masquerade party? Imagine glistening candelabras and mood lighting, a sultry soundtrack as guests arrive and then a smooth transition to live music. Adorn the room with mirrors and trinkets that dazzle. For bigger budgets, invest in roving performers to add to a mystique ambiance. This could be the perfect opportunity for a set menu sit down dinner and standard wine package, particularly for those in long dresses and big heels needing to give their feet some reprieve before hitting the dance floor for the rest of the evening.

Enquire with the Events Team at Mantra Legends Hotel, Surfers Paradise about hosting your end of year Masquerade themed event.


Circus in Town

After cracking the whip all year long, it’s time to be the ring master at your end of year event. Wow guests with big balloons in primary colours, the smell of caramel popcorn and turn the inside of your event space into a circus tent with material draped lavishly from one center point of the ceiling. Have novelty games like the ring toss for your guests to clown around with and leave a fairy floss machine to take care of dessert.

Enquire with the Events Team at Mantra Bell City, Melbourne about hosting your end of year Circus in Town themed event.



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