15 Nov The Do’s and Don’ts of Holiday Office Parties
The holidays are almost upon us once again and it’s a call of action to all Event Planners. Jovial spirits, soul-warming foods, and great memories are to be made if you plan your holiday office party just right.
Start early. Get all of the number you need, budgeting, etc. as early as possible. This will give you the wiggle room you need to plan a holiday office party out of this world!
Underestimate the potential success of the party, which can lead to under-planning. Most holiday parties not only invite the employees themselves, but a guest or even family members.
Start with A Rocking Theme. There are dozens of unique and fun themes to choose from, so let your imagination take the wheel. Keep in mind that this is a professional event, so do not take your ideas too far over the edge.
Choose a theme that is religious based. As a matter of fact, keep religion out of it all together unless you specifically work for a faith-based company and a religious theme has been requested by executive management.
Mix it up a bit. You don’t want to seat everyone from the same department at the same table. They see each other everyday. Implement a seating chart that allows people from varying departments to get to know each other. You never know, new friendships and business bridges can be built as a result.
Create a seating chart that is cliquy and rigid. This can start the night out like lunch in a high school cafeteria.
Saying thank you for everyone’s hard work is a must. Awards and prize giveaways not only make the night more fun and exciting, but it lets the employees know that they are truly valued.
Exclude anyone. Even if it is a simple certificate of appreciation, make sure everyone is recognized. A business cannot thrive without the hard work of every employee. You can kick it up a notch by having a photo booth ready for quick photo ops after they receive their award. Goodie bags that everyone can take home with them is also a great idea.
These are just the basics, but you can also plan a super awesome holiday office party by making the date and time convenient for employees for maximum participation and attendance.
Have you planned a holiday office party to remember?
If you have experiences you would like to share, tips, questions, or comments please feel free to post them below or shoot me an email. As always WE would like to wish you the best in all that you do! This is Allyson Wynn signing off and may all your events be a “Wynning Experience”!