One of the toughest challenges when it comes to office parties is doing something that gets the team excited about the party (other than free booze). Event planning, especially for office events, comes down to having an idea that employees with find interesting but not cheesy. Here are a few places to start.
The Displaced Holiday Party
Employees may grudgingly attend the office Christmas party in December, but what if you shake things up by having Christmas in July this year? The weather outside may be stifling making the idea of snowman-shaped cookies and eggnog even more appealing. You can do the same thing in reverse by having a winter office party be summer themed with margaritas, lounge chairs, island music, and beach ball decorations.
Sticking with the above idea, you may want to avoid having this party around Halloween when people are getting dressed up for parties anyway. Throw a classic masquerade with light finger foods that give a fancier feel than a sit-down meal. Encourage employees to dress formally (black tie) and have some extra masks on hand to give out to those who thought they would be able to come and drink the champagne without playing along.
Especially if you run a global company with a diverse staff, the office party is a great chance to celebrate that diversity by entertaining with food and music from different cultures around the world. Include beverages that are the signature of different countries, and if you want to add a fun game, you can have some international trivia with a prize for the winner. By the end of the evening, your employees may feel like they’ve become world travelers.
Just because it’s an office party doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Get more ideas from our event planners on how to keep things lively for your hardworking staff.