My DH was a lowly minion for a large national company. When he was employed someone, somehow decided he should be a salary employee, not a wage earned like the rest of the minions. So come Christmas time a few years back he got invited to the 'salary earners' Christmas party with all the big wigs. We were put up in a hotel for the night (those who weren't local were also given free flights), a taxi to the venue, professional photog on arrival which was available for collection before leaving, champagne, imported beers and canapés before a massive 3 course meal and all the spirits you could drink. They also had live entertainment from some b-list bands and comedians.
The rest of the minions were given a few slabs of beer to share and a sausage sizzle on the last day of work.