With the holiday season comes non-stop gatherings, and that includes your company office party. This is your time to simultaneously celebrate the holidays while thanking your team members for all their hard work. Here are some expert tips we recommend considering when planning your office party.
Timing is Everything
First things first, take the time to evaluate the timing that will be most appreciated by your employees - over lunch break, after work hours, or a weekend evening. Keep in mind that the timing of your event will impact whether it’s realistic for employees to invite a plus one. Selecting a venue within a reasonable distance of where a majority of your staff work or live is also key to ensuring that your holiday party starts off on a positive note. If the location requires your employees to drive and alcohol will be served at the event, consider offering a rideshare coupon code to make sure everyone gets home safe.
Ditch the expected and go for a fun twist for your next office party. If you are a smaller company with younger employees, consider a video game bar where everyone can feel like a kid again. For an older crowd, consider a museum or comedy club. For one of our client’s we planned their corporate holiday party at a private beach in Malibu. Upon arriving, guests were escorted in golf carts down to the water’s edge where they were welcomed with a sand couch, a bonfire to keep warm, and a plethora of food and libations. Games and frisbees made for lots of laughs, blankets kept the employees and their spouses warm as they cozied up next to the fire, and a station for roasting s’mores created the perfect end to an unforgettable beach party.
Holiday Party Entertainment
While everyone loves good conversation, tasty food, and creative cocktails, your employees will definitely appreciate fun activities as well. Give your guests the opportunity to make memories with a party photo booth or have a range of games with a casino night theme. You can even find out who has the chops to audition for American Idol next season and encourage the formation of your office’s own Spice Girls group by bringing in karaoke.
No matter how and where you decide to celebrate, remember that the main goal of your company office party is to communicate how much you appreciate the hard work and dedication of your team. With delicious food, holiday drinks, and fun activities, you are sure to make them feel valued and excited for the year ahead.