Ideas to Plan Your Office Holiday Party
Office holiday parties are a great way to show your employees how much you value them all year-long and allow your team to bond outside of work. However, with the holidays rapidly approaching, now’s the time to finalized details to plan your office holiday party. Stuck for what to do this year? Check out some of these neat ideas that’ll leave your staff happy.
Dinner & Drinks – There’s nothing like a classic complimentary dinner and drinks to get your staff together after work. It’s hard to go wrong with good food and spending quality time together. This idea is great for smaller teams, such as office departments, but may be a little crowded for a whole office. If you’re planning on an entire office outing, make sure to book a venue ahead of time to accommodate a large party. December is usually a packed month, so make sure to book in advance.
Gift Exchange – Remember the classic Secret Santa games we loved as a kid? Gift exchanges can also work in the workplace. Give your employees a quick break from work (they’ll really appreciate it) and host the gift exchange in the office lounge. Types of exchanges like Secret Santa, White Elephant, Gift Guess, and Cakewalks work better when there is a price limit set. That way, the prizes are all of equal value. Make sure to choose gifts that are safe for work! Set up the game and watch the laughs pile up.
Holiday Activities – Instead of a mandatory day of work, instill a mandatory day outdoors. Depending on your employee’s interests, taking a stroll through the holiday markets or ice skating can really help your team bond. Taking the day off will definitely put anyone in a good mood!
Themed Party – On a tight budget this year? You can still host a holiday office party. Skip the third-party venue and host it right in the office after work. If possible, look for a caterer and offer light finger foods. Decorate your lounge to match your party theme and even ask employees to dress up! Ideas like a winter wonderland, throwback to the 70’s, and masquerade ball are fun ideas to try.
Entertainment – For a fun office outing, treat your employees to a stand-up comedy show or movie. Comedy shows are great for groups, who may not know each other too well, because it alleviates conversational gaps. But after the show, your team can bond and reenact hilarious jokes from the comedians. Offer drink tickets for your employees and door prizes to increase the audience turn up.
Goodie Bags or Contests – What’s a celebration without goodie bags and party flavors? For whatever celebration you’re interested in hosting, make sure your guests don’t leave empty-handed. Sponsor one gift or a small bundle to all the attendees. Even better, make sure to customized a promotional product with your brand or logo. To spark some friendly competition, design a holiday contest. Try a ugly sweater contest or get social by getting your employees to tweet on Twitter or take Instagram pics to win a prize! Choose one major prize to get your employees excited.
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