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Christmas parties you don’t have to organise

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Organising this year’s Christmas party isn’t something you need on your plate; that space is reserved for an extra slice of glazed ham.

This year has gone silly fast, and the realisation that you don’t have time to plan the end-of-year party your actual boss or other boss (aka bae) asked you to do four months ago is a proper slap to the sleigh-bells.

Don’t worry, pal, we’ve got your stress-ridden back. Here’s a list of regular Kris Kringle’s that have planned the perfect no-plans-required Christmas parties that you need to know about (and for Santa’s sake, lock one in). 

PinkNic | Osbourne Hotel

Rudolph the pink-nosed rosé is our kind of Christmas tune. From 11:30am on Sunday, December 9, a glass of Villa AIX Rosé will greet you and your crew on arrival as you step into vibrant garden bar, the Osbourne Hotel, for a peachy picnic! An afternoon of rosé, gourmet picnic hampers and entertainment will leave you tickled pink. Seriously, it’s just $35pp, you’d be mad not to! Find out more and get tickets here.

Society Summer Series | Eagle Farm Racecourse

Take your Christmas party to the next level, literally. The Society Summer Series has raced back once again to launch THE seasonal rooftop soiree of the year. A two-hour drinks package is paired with Insta-worthy charcuterie boards, live DJs and holly jolly views every Saturday in December. Plus, use our promo code (found here) to get a free, flossy, Unicorn Spritz. Winner, winner, cheeseboard dinner.

Summer Time Drinks | Treasury Brisbane

Baby in the summer time (drinks), that is where you’ll be. On select Fridays in December, Treasury Brisbane will be hosting pop-up outdoor parties with free flippin’ entry. Round up your festive fam and head to Queen’s Park for live entertainment, refreshing SOFI Spritz cocktails, giveaways and weekly prizes. Found out more here.

Christmas Cabaret Big Band Dinner and Show | Cloudland

Christmas, and all that jazz. Cloudland’s Christmas cabaret dinner on December 6 will pay homage to the speakeasy, swing bands of years gone by, while you’re very much living it up in the now. Your ticket will score you a three-course menu and three-hour beverage package with epic live music as the soundtrack to an unforgettable night. Get tickets here.

Garden Wonderland | Fish Lane 

The Fox Hotel’s Garden Wonderland laneway party is back for round two, and you’d better fall down that rabbit hole. On December 5, the Alice in Wonderland inspired celebration will open up in vibrant Fish Lane with mega Jenga, giant chess, and a croquet square (sans innocent flamingos). Plenty of pop-up bars will be on offer, as well as live tunes and tonnes o’ pizza. Eat it, drink it, do it.

Cluedo! The Interactive Game | Baedeker

Don’t cut your Christmas party planning short, we’ve found something that’s to die for. Watch your fave board game come to life and try to solve the Cluedo! crime over cocktail appetisers, a Christmas buffet feast, chocolatier’s station, unlimited beverage package, and tunes from a live jazz band. Tempting as that all sounds, you really can’t beat the taste of getting it right before your mates do. Find out more and get tickets here.

And breathe… your pre-planned party is sorted.

Words by Nicole Portacha
- the gourmand who can’t be trusted around Christmas booze.