Christmas is the season of the year that you and your colleagues are probably looking forward to. It’s finally time not only to take a much-needed break but also to dress down and toast to a year of hard work. You and your team may have spent the better part of the previous months knocking out reports, managing clients, and trying to beat your sales targets. The upcoming holidays are the perfect opportunity to let loose and celebrate.
While everyone may be ready to party, not everyone enjoys the task of planning the office Christmas party. If you were tagged to come up with fun and festive ideas for this year’s celebration, here are some that you might want to consider:
- Pick a party theme
You can spice up a boring party and get everyone excited about attending by picking out a party theme like Hollywood night, Halloween at Christmas, or Dress Like Your Colleague. You can veer away from the typical Santa and toy elves. It gives your team a chance to show a different side of their personality that you otherwise wouldn’t have encountered on the job.
- Film video messages
The holidays are the perfect time to show gratitude and recognition. Not everyone will feel comfortable speaking in front of a crowd, but many of them may have something to say. Compile tributes, funny memories that happened throughout the year, or a holiday greeting from the company boss. You can film the videos yourself, ask your teammates to submit their own videos.
- Write out funny Christmas cards
You can start a new holiday tradition by encouraging everyone to write out their holiday cards. Emails and text messages are the norm, but a funny Christmas card is a thoughtful and inexpensive way to greet one another that doesn’t require a lot of time and effort. Personalise your messages or pick a funny card design that your teammates would love.
- Set up the karaoke machine
Why hire an entertainer when you can serenade one another for free? Forget the silly dance numbers and pre-planned skits. The best part is that you don’t really have to do much to prepare. Watch the CEO belt out a ballad, or let the IT guy show off his talent–or lack thereof. A karaoke machine can bring endless hours of fun to any office party.
- Break out the bubbly
No celebration will be complete without one drink, or perhaps five. You can put everyone in the mood to the party by buying a few bottles of wine and champagne. Start an office bottle fund so you can get enough liquor for everyone to enjoy. Take the pressure off, kick off your shoes, and raise your glasses to one another.
There aren’t going to be many opportunities throughout the year for your whole office to be in the same place at the same time. Whether you have a team of 20 or 200, your year-end party can be the perfect ending to a tiring year. It’s a chance to show your appreciation for your hard working colleagues and have a few laughs at one another’s expense. Try these fun office party tips and your upcoming Christmas party will undoubtedly be a riot!
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