Hosting a holiday party for your staff is a great way to say “thank you” for all their hard work. It also gives them time to take a break and have a good time! You want your party to be fun, festive, and memorable. The office holiday party is your company’s way of celebrating the season and the achievements as a team! A successful party could increase employee morale and loyalty towards you (their boss) and the company itself.
The planning process.
Planning an office Christmas party can be a lot of work, especially when you are still working. The best place to start is by recruiting a planning committee. You would be surprised how many employees will be interested in helping plan and how many great ideas they will have. The committee is a great way to get a personalized theme that incorporates your staff’s likes and interests. They also help to spread out the creativity and workload off planning, set up, and takedown. When selecting your event’s theme, decor, and style, make sure to be inclusive. There are a variety of different nationalities, cultures, and beliefs. Many people have other traditions and ways of celebrating during this time. Some don’t even celebrate at all! Make sure to incorporate as much as you can and make everyone feel included and comfortable.
It’s all in the details.
While the party is an excitement in itself, make sure that it keeps the excitement throughout the night! Games are a great way to keep the fun going through the duration of the event. There are so many different activities that can be included in the party. Here are some ideas:
- Ugly sweater contest
- Annual awards (greatest at being late, greatest at being on time, most likely to, the punny one)
- Scavenger hunt
- Gift exchange
- Human Christmas tree challenge
- Hire an entertainer (DJ, live band, comedian)
- Photo Booth
All these activities can be used separately or all together! It all depends on your budget, event size, and what your staff likes. Another detail to keep in mind is how food is going to be prepared and served. Catering is always an option for holiday office parties. Ordering from a local restaurant provides local business support and an easy way to give food to staff. If you are a smaller company and want to save some money, try making the party a potluck instead. Potlucks guarantee that everyone has something that meets their likes and dietary restrictions. It also encourages people to try new things, taste a different culture, and swap recipes. If you are mixing other departments, it could also spark conversations and ease social tensions.
The office Christmas party is more important than ever this holiday season! The past couple of years have brought isolation and hardships to many of us. Now that more staff are back in the office this year, it is the perfect time to get together and be grateful for what they all have accomplished and adapted to. Don’t be afraid to take input and suggestions from staff, even if they are not on the planning committee. Take past parties into account, and make sure to change them each year. You want them to stay exciting and spark anticipation year to year. Wishing you a festive holiday season and a fun party