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Shared vs Exclusive Christmas Party: Which is Right for Your Business?

It’s that time of year again! As Christmas gets closer, you’re going to have to start thinking about the Christmas Party and all the considerations that come along with it.

One thing you might be wondering is whether to have a shared or exclusive Christmas party? This article will help outline the pros and cons of each type of Christmas party to help you decide what’s best for your business. 

What’s the difference between a shared and exclusive Christmas party?

Simply put, shared Christmas parties often come in a package form and include a set date and a shared venue. This means you will be sharing the venue with people from other companies. Exclusive parties, on the other hand, would mean that your company gets a private venue for your Christmas party to be hosted.  

But which one should you choose? And which is right for your business? Well, both have their pros and cons as we’ll outline below.

Pros and Cons of Shared Parties 

Shared parties have a number of benefits including the fact they tend to be less expensive. A communal venue and entertainment means that shared office parties can be as little as £39 per head. 

Another benefit of shared parties is actually down to personal preference and what sort of atmosphere you hope to create at your Christmas party. Shared venues, by their very nature, have a lot more people and lend themselves to a livelier atmosphere. Get a DJ in and you have a proper party going. This can be great for smaller companies that, on their own, wouldn’t have enough employees to fill out a good-sized venue and create a lively party atmosphere. 

The main downside of shared parties is that you have less freedom. The venue choice will be more limited, and you won’t get a say on small details like the DJ, making speeches, etc. might not be possible. Shared party packages do however, tend to be fairly flexible, and a range of options will be on offer, but don’t expect to be able to have as much freedom as an exclusive party. 

Pros and Cons Exclusive Parties 

Like shared parties, exclusive parties have their strengths and weaknesses. In terms of the former, exclusive parties offer you a lot more freedom. You can tailor the party to your specific needs and choose a venue which really suits your company. You can also allocate time for speeches, company awards and anything else that your company may want to do at the Christmas party.

Exclusive parties can also help your Christmas party feel more intimate. Maybe a huge, loud disco isn’t really your company’s thing, or maybe your company just has few employees, and instead you’d like something low-key, intimate, and quiet. Maybe a jazz band in the background, or a singer for entertainment after. Having a small, private venue can help you create this cosy and personalised atmosphere.

As far as the downsides of private parties are concerned, the main one is cost. Exclusive parties will almost always be more expensive than their shared counterparts, but with that extra cost you get the ability to have freedom to really shape the party to your preferences. 


Overall, shared Christmas parties can allow you to relax with everything set in place and only a singular per head fee for the evening of fun. Exclusive parties allow for more of a personalised and bespoke party for solely your company to enjoy. But no matter your choice of Christmas party for your business, at Franklin’s Gardens we are here to help you plan your fun festive evening.

If you would like to find out more about how Franklin’s Gardens can help provide your business with a Christmas Party, then please get in touch with us on 01604 751543. Alternatively, you can visit our contact page to send any enquiries.

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