If you have been chosen to organize an office Christmas party, you may not be certain where to begin. There are several factors that you need to consider when planning your office party.
Here are a few things for you to keep in mind:
Know how much your budget will be. This information is necessary before you begin. You will have to decorate and plan for the festivities, including food. Knowing your budget will help you to plan more efficiently.
If at all possible, have the party at another location. Otherwise, people will have a difficult time relaxing and may even end up working instead of enjoying the party. In fact, it might even be a good suggestion to ask people not to discuss work during the party. It is supposed to be a festive occasion.
Rather than having a formal sit down dinner, plan for a relaxed buffet. If you have the budget, have a catering company set up the food. This will allow guests to mingle and nibble as they choose. You may also choose to hire a bartender to serve drinks. Often, companies that provide a bartender will cover his wage but, require the employees to purchase their own alcohol containing beverages.
You may consider having some fun games or inviting people to dress up in holiday gear. If there is anybody who does not want to participate in these activities, that is okay. Do not force people out of their comfort zone to increase yours.
Having a theme for your party can be another way to make it fun for everyone. If the number of people is small enough to fit into your local bowling alley, this could be fun and relaxing for everyone. There is music already and it will give a focus for the guests.
You may opt instead for having it at a comedy club. Before you do this, make certain that the idea is comfortable for your co-workers. You can check into who will be performing to make certain that the jokes will not be racial or gender slurs.
Another great way to bring everyone into the fun is karaoke. If there is a place with it that is large enough for your party, great. Otherwise, you may consider hiring a DJ who already has the set up and host the party at a restaurant or on a boat. Make certain that the range of songs is full enough to allow people of all ages to have a good time.
Your coworkers and their families might like a pizza party. You can work that into the karaoke or bowling nights fairly easily.
Whatever you decide to do for the office Christmas party, make certain that it is tasteful and in theme with the ideals of the company. You want guests to have a good time and go home happy. Using these suggestions will help you to organize and plan the event. Listen to the feedback of others to ensure all have a good time.
About the author
Mick Chan has been working in safety supplies and emergency kits industry for more than five years. As a product manager for ESafetySupplies, he knows his merchandise and all the requirements from OSHA. He likes to write and share his ideas about the importance of safety and emergency prevention.