5 people you always find at a staff party

At RMH we hold all sorts of events, in all shapes and sizes. As we come into EOFY party season, let’s reflect on the vast number of corporate events we’ve held. No matter the group, the same five people always attend a staff party. Can you identify who these people are in your office?

Peter the Performer

Peter loves a good singalong session & no matter the style of music, he’s always cutting shapes on the dancefloor. Loud, boisterous, and a bit wild, Peter provides free entertainment and certainly helps get the party started. Peter has endless suggestions for the DJ; “Have you got Khe Sahn?” Although largely disliked by the DJ community, most of the team are fond of Peter, who’s always playfully good fun.

By the end of night: Peter will be rounding up the troops and finding the next venue. When the bulk of the group can’t get passed the door bitch of venue two, they’ll happily invite the crew back to their place as a last ditched effort to keep the party going. Now where’s that 24-hour bottle shop?

Deep & Meaningful Myrtle

Corporate functions are a great place to get to know everyone in your office on a more personal level – you’ll get to know Myrtle a little more than you would have hoped. Myrtle revels in the chance to bail you up and tell you all about her latest relationship failing & the crisis of their cousin’s daughter’s best friend’s dog. They’ll give you an hour long wax lyrical on their philosophy of life; Dog’s do go to heaven, thanks Myrtle. You might struggle to get a word in edgewise, so we reckon it’s best to have a) an escape plan or b) a few drinks at the ready so you can settle in and be that shoulder to cry on.

By the end of night: Myrtle will be found on the side of the dance floor crying into her Sauvy B, proclaiming why her cats care more than her boyfriend ever could.

Polly Politics

Polly just got over looked for a promotion and you’re going to hear about. You’re use to her occasional grumblings in the office but after a couple of cheeky vinos, the whinge comes out in full force. They’ll have an opinion on their manager, their team, their clients – you name it, they’ll moan about it how everyone could do things better. The best way to handle Polly? Do your best to deflect the conversation elsewhere and if they don’t get the hint and stop talking about it, at least they’ll move on to someone else.
By the end of night: They’ll be outside the venue reminding their manager why they were the obvious choice over Myrtle for the promotion.

The Pasher & Dasher

The corporate party is the office Casanova’s time to shine. They like indulging in a bit of harmless flirting during office hours, but the moves really come out when the drinks are flowing and everyone’s guard comes down a little. There are few types of Pasher & Dashers, from the suave & subtle; finding a dark corner to do their work, to the crude & crass; the office #MeToo incident waiting to happen. When you’re right into the spirit of the occasion, the Pasher forgets, it’s hard to execute the Dash when you’ve made out with the receptionist you walk past at least twice daily Monday to Friday.

By the end of night: There’s only two scenarios for the Pasher & Dasher; if the nights been successful they’ll be in the back of an Uber with a ‘friend’, or they’ll be on the dance floor with Peter scraping the barrel.

Dark Horse Harry

During work hours, Harry keeps to himself. He’s usually the first one in the office and the first one out the door, seemingly avoiding as much personal interaction as possible. Harry arrives at the party promptly and he’s quick to find the mimosas. At first, they’re their usual quiet self. After mimosa number three, the cringe worthy jokes rear their ugly head; By mimosa number five, Harry’s second in line behind Peter on the conga line. By mimosa number seven they’ll be ‘whispering’ obscenities during the CEO’s speech that everyone’s sure to hear.

By the end of night: Harry will be lying on the bar looking for people to take body shots taken off them.

The Royal Melbourne Hotel is an iconic & heritage listed venue with 5 unique rooms that can be booked uniquely or as an entire venue. We have the perfect venue to cater for groups of 50 to 1200 Peter’s, Polly’s & Harry’s, Myrtle’s even welcome too.

Enquire today to see if your EOFY function qualifies for a free $500 bonus spend on your function at the Royal Melbourne Hotel.

Five Important Things to Consider When Planning Your Next Corporate Event

Planning a corporate event can involve a laundry list of things to check off and delegate. With EOFY event season coming up, we thought we’d highlight the five key points to make sure your event is a success.

Know your guests

The key to making your sure your party is one to be remembered, is remembering who your party is for! Is your team the type that likes to dance or more of a docile group? The difference will be choosing a two-course dinner or a DJ and dance floor. Corporate events are a good opportunity to make your staff or clients feel valued while you build your desired company culture. It’s always a good idea to get some staff feedback about what they would like to do, as they’re the ones that will make the celebration great. The purpose of corporate event is to recognise and reward your staff or show your clients how much you value them. Put on a show that they’ll remember.

Pro tip: Provide your staff some different ideas and ask for some feedback. Without a few suggestions that allude to your budget, you’re more than likely to get a few people suggesting a night out in Vegas as the best idea. If you can afford it, why not?! (and can I work for you too!?)


Will your guests get into themes or will they prefer something that takes them a little less effort? We’ve seen all types of events at RMH and the ideas are endless! Here are few we’ve hosted to get your inspiration flowing:

  • Al la carte dining with a band that can start slow and ramp it up once the meals are finished.
  • Team talent shows can either be a hilarious hit or an extremely cringe worthy affair(refer to point 1).
  • Cocktails, DJ and canapes is simple to orchestrate event and will always impress.
  •  Theme’s, theme’s and more theme’s. There are infinite theme ideas, for a few you haven’t thought of, check out: Four theme ideas for your Melbourne event. It’s also worth mentioning the number of memorable thematic 21st birthday parties we held at RMH.

Pro tip: Although a DJ or a band will add some gravitas to your gathering,when budget is an issue we’ve seen some wailing parties with a pre-populated Spotify playlist. Just make sure you delegate this role wisely!


Now you know what style of event you’ll hold, let’s talk about food. Things to ask yourself while pre-planning: Does your venue provide food and drink packages, or will you need to organise your own? Are you thinking about having a sit down dinner, or will your guests be picking from roving canapés? Are you catering to all dietary requirements? You don’t want forget about the vegans in the HR department.

Pro Tip: More canapes are always better than less. Someone from the I.T. team will be camping out near the kitchen door. It won’t be until they’ve had their fill that anyone else will get a chance.


You’ve worked out who your crowd is and what they’ll like. You have an idea of what entertainment will work and the catering you require. Now, what venue will work best? You’re not short of choices when it comes to Melbourne function and event spaces. Look for a venue that takes most of the burdens off you; supplies the food, drops the music you want and can give you something that is a little different. Is it spectacular views or is in a heritage location? The venue and their staff can make or break the success of your night.

Pro Tip: Make it easier on your team by picking a convenient location. Keeping it close to a train station and easily accessible transport will help eliminate the risk of drink driving.


We’ve touched on this throughout, but we’ll say it anyway: make sure you know how much you have to play and plan accordingly. You can make even the smallest budgets go a long way with the right planning and a suitable venue. Do remember to allocate a little extra for emergencies or last-minute hiccups.

Pro tip: If you need a venue that can do it all but want your EOFY’s party budget to go a little bit further, enquire with RMH today to see if your booking qualifies for $500 additional spend on your function pack.

To see if your event qualifies for an extra $500 free spend on your next function pack, enquire today

Four EOFY celebration idea’s to boost staff engagement

According to a Gallup workplace study, only 24% of Australian staff are engaged at work. Disengaged staff result in poor morale, lower productivity and smaller profit margins. There are many ways to increase your staff engagement. As an iconic Melbourne pub and function venue, we’re experts in Celebrations. Here are four EOFY party ideas for your team to look forward, that are certain to boost morale and reward your staff at the end of a long financial year…

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Colourful costumes, childhood memories and whole lot of fun! Alice in Wonderland is a Disney classic, and there’s so much you can take from both the 1951 animation and the Tim Burton remake for your corporate event. You could have games of giant chess, croquet and even set up a top hat decoration station. This theme is also perfect for fancy dress, and the options for budget-friendly decorations are endless!

Casino Royale

A room full of dapper James Bond’s and Femme-Fatal’s, the thrill of beating the odds and winning releases endorphins (even with play money). Set up some roulette tables and some black jack and play the night away! As you’re pushing closer to the end of year targets, use gamification to motivate your team by setting some KPI’s that result in play money for the night in the lead up to the party. Allow your team cash in the play casino cash for rewards, or let them double down at the EOFY’s party. While the games, dim-lights and sounds make for an exciting atmosphere, which is bound to help de-stress your guests from the hard slog they’ve had to face in the last few weeks of the financial year!  

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1920’s Speakeasy

Think low light, plush furs and fabrics, and jazz, lots of jazz and your guests are bound to love the intimate, secretive vibe of a Roaring Twenties theme. Have them dress up as flappers and dappers,  making sure they have the password to get in. Cocktails like Old Fashioneds, Sidecars and Gin Rickey’s paired with a bit of Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby will inevitably lead to staff foxtrotting the night away.

Masquerade Ball

There is nothing like putting on a mask to add some mystery and allure to your EOFY party. The standard masquerade ball dress code is formal wear paired with a mask. You can play around with themes like Phantom of the Opera (black and white), Mardi Gras, Futuristic, Victorian, it’s endless. Your team can dance the night away before the unveiling at midnight, adding to the mystique of the event. It’s a good idea to keep a few spare masks on hand, in case some people forget!

The Royal Melbourne Hotel has the perfect function spaces to fit these events and more. Enquire today to see if your event qualifies for a free $500 additional spend on your Function

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After hosting hundreads of successful events, we know like no one else what it takes for an impeccable experience. Check our list of five things to consider when planning your next event.