During the holiday season, many managers like to thank their employees and foster team building by throwing a holiday party. While some employees enjoy the thoughtfulness of this gesture, your next office Christmas party could be filling your people with dread. If you are throwing the same party year after year, it is time to shake things up with some unique Christmas party ideas.
Many holiday parties stick with the same traditional foods that people are accustomed to eating on a regular basis. Even if you serve a great steak or salmon dish, your employees probably have the opportunity to eat those foods often. They can definitely get them on their own at a local restaurant. If you really want to do something special, serve a theme menu that provides a cuisine or cuisines that are something exciting and eclectic. You could serve different types of holiday foods from around the world, a good barbeque, or you could go with a vegetarian menu. Avoid a salad and pasta bar if you want something truly amazing, and talk to your caterer about more sophisticated and unexpected vegetarian, barbeque, or ethnic fare.
Giving your guests a good meal and then turning them loose to entertain themselves is standard at office holiday parties. If you really want to impress your guests, provide some form of entertainment. Some ideas include a dance floor and DJ, live band, trivia night activities, carnival games, or you could show a Christmas movie. Some forms of entertainment are just for fun, but activities like trivia and carnival games can be team building activities as well. Having separate areas for those who want to participate in the entertainment and those who just want to eat and mingle is a great idea too.
Instead of doing a themed menu and providing entertainment, you can roll it all together and have an entire themed evening. One idea is a “grown up prom” where everyone wears prom dresses and rented tuxedos. Food ideas include punch and a buffet of traditional teenage favorites like mini burgers and fries. Hiring a local band to play can serve as the entertainment, or hire a DJ and let your employees dance the night away to a mix of pop songs from the past and today.
Another idea for a Christmas ball is a masquerade theme. Employees will have the chance to dress up in gowns and tuxedos, and show off their unique style with masks. You can supply simple masks for those who arrive without them, and ballroom dancing is an ideal activity for the evening. Décor should be sumptuous and lighting should be soft and low.
Not every company goes above and beyond to throw a party that is exciting and fun for their employees. Your staff works hard for you and offering them a stimulating evening of fun will help them feel like a valued part of the company and will provide a team building opportunity in a comfortable and fun environment..