After a long year of deadlines and hard work and a few mini meltdowns, an office party is the perfect opportunity to allow your team members to blow off some steam. To avoid those cliché parties of sipping on warm wine in those ridiculous festive jumpers while listening to Wham belting out those cheesy party classics, planning early is important. Involve your staff, get creative along with considering these ideas to ensure your next Xmas party is unique and fun.
Pick Your Theme with Care
When choosing a theme for your event use as much creativity as you like. Parties that gain inspiration from the hit show known as Peaky Blinders have become increasingly popular this year in the UK, with many companies getting set to go back in time to the 1920s. Alternatively, you can choose one of the winter themes like Narnia or Après ski and transform your office space into a snow-covered, fawn-filled forest or a cosy lodge-like feel in the Alps.
Choose a Venue That Is Unique
In some cases, a party will require a great stage, for example, if you are providing live music in Shoreditch, so choose your venue with care. If you want to add an interesting twist to the Xmas party, choose a unique or quirky location that matches up to the values of your brand. Some ideas include the Natural History Museum based in central London, The Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh or The Monastery in Manchester. If you are on a tight budget, there are still many other unusual venue choices that are all over the UK. First work out how much you have to spend, your location and start searching.
Gamify the Xmas Party
Since we are all attached to our tablets and mobile phones, it makes a lot of sense to benefit from this particular addiction at your Xmas party. As well as setting up festive and fun competitions using social media, and getting those hashtags trending, you can also use gamification which will add that team building element or additional levels for interaction at the event. Using a simple app, your employees are able to take part in Christmas-themed interactive quizzes to treasure hunts on tablets or any other devices.
Host a Christmas Festival
The mini-break booking to the European Christmas markets really skyrockets over November and December, with many people searching Secret Escapes and Lastminute.com for an affordable getaway. Most of your employees won’t have the money or time to visit Germany for traditional cups of Glühwein, which is why you can bring one of these markets directly to them. Think about setting up a Christmas festival in the office or at a nearby venue.
Reward Your Staff
Your Xmas end of year party should be mean more than just inappropriate photocopying or ill-advised office flirting. When the year comes to an end, now is the time to reward your staff for their efforts over the year and to ensure they are recognised among their work colleagues. If you did not host an awards night, your Xmas party is a great way to hold one of these glitzy ceremonies. Whether you chose a low-key or high style affair, celebrating talent will get your employees into a festive spirit.
Extend the Fun
Your Xmas party does not necessarily need to be held at night. If you want to extend the Christmas festivities, but you are looking to avoid staff members going overboard with alcoholic drinks too early in the day, book an interesting activity before the main party. December is a month full of events and shows, which means there are always plenty of pantomimes and musicals on offer. It may be a challenge to pick only a single activity, so there is also the option to offer a few for your employees to select from. For example, you can include a spa day or a driving experience, making sure there is something for all your staff members to enjoy.