Christmas Parties When You Are Self-employed -The COVID-19 Edition

Despite COVID-19 there is really no escaping that it’s only 2 months away now.  And well 2020 really has been a shocker but I’d still like to celebrate Christmas as best we can.

Last year I wrote all about how to throw a Christmas Party when you are self-employed looking at ways in which self-employed, especially freelancing individuals, can still partake in a festive Christmas Party. I don’t miss many things about being employed but a Christmas Party is one of them! But I usually make it work with some kind of get together and exchanging of Secret Santa gifts.


When I started writing this we could still meet in groups of 6, however, from the 5th November 2020 until 3rd December we are going back into a national lockdown. Please bear this in mind when deciding how to throw your self-employed Christmas Party.

How to Throw a Christmas Party When You Are Self-employed – The COVID Edition. 

Over Zoom: You can literally do anything over Zoom from your own home. From Quizzes to karaoke, or playing free online driving games together, you can have a pretty decent chat/party.  Chuck on some music and have a dance-off!! 13 Brilliant Zoom Party Hacks And Ideas You Should Know About

Secret Santa Gifts: Last year I joined in with a Bloggers Secret Santa gifts. One blogger organised the whole thing using an app which paired us up. It was lovely to receive a box of goodies for Christmas and to network with some new people.  We had an opening/thanking Twitter hour and it was awesome.

Pay-as-you-go Breakfast: For the last few years Samantha Prewett Photography has organised a Christmas breakfast at the Toby Carvery for us. Samantha books a table but we all pay and select our own breakfast (to suit everyone’s budgets) on the day, plus we all bring a Secret Santa gift to the value of £5. This is a really flexible way to do things as you are responsible for yourself there’s no one stressing about payments or people not turning up.

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(Disclosure – this photo was taken in 2018 before social distancing)

Netwalking: The health benefits of walking are well documented and so are the benefits of networking. Being outdoors, whilst still sticking to the rule of 6 (from 5th November until 3rd December this is now 1 person outside your bubble), it is easier to stay COVID friendly and socially distance  I’ve really enjoyed getting out for our monthly walks, fresh air does wonders for the soul. To learn more about Netwalking and the health benefits see page 51-53 of my book Networking A Successful Small Business.

Book Tickets To An Event: It’s always lovely to have something to look forward too. Whether that be a sports game, music concerts or your local panto, there’s something special about a shared group experience and Lord knows after 2020 we all need something to look forward too.

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Whatever you do this Christmas, have a fun whilst staying safe.
Do let me know if you have any other fun ideas I might have missed to enjoy a Christmas Party and Secret Santa gifts when you are self-employed during COVID-19.

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