With the weather getting cooler and stores starting to bring out their holiday decorations it is time to start thinking about the yearly Office Holiday Party. And with schedules only getting busier its important to plan ahead – not just for your sanity, but for your employees.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you throw the best Holiday Party and show your employees just how much they are appreciated.
Before the Office Holiday Party
Pick the Right Date
Why go through the hassle of planning the perfect party if no one can come? What if you could save money just by picking the right date? Holiday season is a crazy time of year, everyone’s schedules fill up quickly from the beginning of December thru Christmas with family vacations, Holiday obligations and more. In order to fit everyone’s schedules choose a date directly after Thanksgiving or after the Holiday rush in the beginning of January. And as an added bonus – save money. By throwing a party in January you usher in the New Year on a high note while saving money on venues, catering, deejays and more.
It is important to plan in advance. Set the date and send the invites early. Put thought into your invites. Crafted invites gives a sneak peek of what is to come and are less likely to be ignored. If you planned enough time consider classic paper invites. If you decide to keep in informal and send evites, use a website to personalize the email. Our favorite? Check out evite.com
Pick a Theme
Select a theme…and let everyone know. There isn’t much worse than a party with a poorly executed theme. Or a theme you were unaware of. If you decide to go with a themed party – go with it! Find decorations, invitations and food that match. And let everyone know. If you decide on a certain dress code, let everyone know. The more they know, the more they go.
Selecting a Venue
While keeping the party in-office saves on expenses, it can be a bit dull. No one really wants to party where they work. Pick a venue that is conveniently located – like the Wesley Center in Clermont! Your employees are more likely to let loose and relax when they aren’t in their office environment thinking about all the work they need to get done. The added bonus – no late night clean-up to keep the office looking tip-top in the morning.
The Office Party
The Guest List
Keep it about the office. By including clients on your guest list, the focus will will shift to them and away from your team. If you decide to include them, think about hosting another gathering in the Spring to show your appreciation for all the work your employees have done.
Keep the food familiar and provide options. While you may be tempted to go extravagant, not everyone will appreciate it. Mix in classic favorites that everyone will like so no one goes hungry. Trying to save on costs? Host a potluck. That way everyone will have something they want to eat while saving your pocketbook.
Be a Team
Use this opportunity to solidify your team. Host a gift-exchange or year-end awards to make everyone feel included. Make your party meaningful by donating to a charity on behalf of the “Employees of ___.” It will give your team a feeling of belonging and worth while following along with the charitable spirit of the Holidays.
Thank Your Employees
The Holidays are about being grateful and thankful – and that includes towards your employees. Say thank-you with paid time-off, gift cards, prizes or even something simple like a handwritten note. When at the party, make sure to mingle and meet the employees that keep the company running.
As always, keep the party fun. After a year of work, everyone in the office could use a night of fun and friends. For more tips and ideas visit our Holiday Office Pinterest board.