Take a Break from the Hustle and Bustle of the Holiday Season with an Office Christmas Party!
December 05, 2012
Take a break from holiday overtime, the hustle and bustle of the hectic retail world or the craziness of customer service, and celebrate the holidays with your employees or coworkers with a festive office Christmas party!
The first item on your office Christmas party to-do list is to find your venue. Do you want to hold your Christmas party during regular business hours, which can interfere with productivity or prevent some employees from attending or do you want to have the party after the office closes so that everyone can enjoy the event? If you're going to hold the event after hours, will you have it at the office or rent a restaurant or banquet hall for the occasion? Once these decisions are made, you can finalize the rest of the planning process!
Informal email invitations are fine for an informal get together in the break room, but if you're planning a more formal event at an upscale restaurant, set the mood for the party by sending out personalized Christmas party invitations. Your employees will love the personal touch! If you're planning on having a gift exchange at your office Christmas party, be sure to include this information on the invitation, along with any guidelines, such as a price limit or a theme for the gifts. White elephant gift exchanges are always a hit and can take the pressure off finding the perfect gift for a coworker.
Once you've got the venue nailed down and the invitations sent out, you can turn your attention to the decorations! Greet your employees or coworkers with a festive custom Christmas banner offering them warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season and thanking them for all their hard work over the last year. Your personalized message is sure to be appreciated by everyone and, once the party is over, you can hang your banner in the office for everyone to enjoy. When it's time to get down to decorating, there are many options available. For larger venues, you can use an all-in-one holiday decorating kit which should have everything you need to turn your venue into a festive holiday party space! Complete with garlands, foil swirls, cardboard cutouts, and more, you can create a Christmas wonderland in no time! Complete your Christmas decor with some festive twinkle lights and a tinsel wreath or two and even the worst Scrooge will feel some Christmas spirit! As the perfect finishing touch, hang a red felt Christmas stocking with each employee's name on it on the wall. If you're handing out holiday bonuses, surprise everyone by tucking them into the stockings! If bonuses aren't in the budget, you can always add a couple fun stocking stuffers instead.
Be sure to stock your tables with festive Christmas paper goods if you're having the party at the office and give the tables a festive touch with a holiday tablecloth. Add a little extra sparkle to your table decor by sprinkling some Christmas confetti in the center of the table. If catering isn't in the budget, send out a signup sheet to cut down on costs. Ask employees to bring a dish to pass, making sure there's separate signup sheets for appetizers, entrees, fresh fruit, and desserts. Having your office Christmas party be a potluck will make the party more affordable for businesses on a budget and let the employees get more involved in the event.
Be sure you're ready for the cocktail hour with a Christmas cocktail party kit that includes everything you need, except the alcohol and the cups, to complete the cocktails and serve up some good times! Just be sure everyone is drinking responsibly and arrange for transportation at the end of the night if anyone has had a little too much to drink.
Celebrating the holidays with your employees and coworkers is a great way to escape the stress of the Christmas season, giving everyone a chance to kick back for an evening and forget about the piles of work waiting at their desks or the piles of presents waiting to be wrapped at home. And even if everyone rarely gets together outside of the office, the office Christmas party, when done right, can become an annual event that is looked forward to all year long!