How to Throw an Unforgettable Office Christmas Party

Party planning is a no small task, even for the most experienced of us. It’s all fine to be planning a personal event where only your friends are invited, but when it comes to the office, things aren’t nearly as easy. There are usually a lot more people who’ll be showing up, and they all have different tastes and interests—how on earth do you make all of them happy? Well, we have a few ideas. If you’ve been tasked with preparations and want to make an unforgettable party this Christmas, here are some tips that will help you raise the roof.

Find a venue pronto

Don’t wait to find the venue because holidays mean all the best ones are getting booked really fast. Depending on how many people are coming, it’s possible to celebrate in the office but expects it to be a little cramped.

Make sure it’s easy to get to

If the employees have to go through a hassle to get to the venue, they just won’t show up. Make sure to pick something that’s easy to reach, and preferably close to the company building. Venues with a lot of parking space are encouraged, especially if you expect that most people will come by cars rather than public transport.

Tell everyone in advance

The sooner you tell everyone, the bigger the chance they’ll show up. Unless you’re organizing the party during work hours, it’s really a common courtesy to let people know when you’ll be celebrating. Another thing—don’t make attendance mandatory. Forcing people to come won’t sit well with anybody, and it’s a surefire way to make them annoyed and bored before the party even starts. 

Make sure the food is delicious

Good food can save any party, so make sure to book proper caterers in advance. Kick the event off with some tasty hors-d'oeuvres, and do make sure there’s plenty of booze to go around. Choose cocktails because they’re fun, they’ll encourage people to relax, and they can be served in decorative glasses. It’s a good idea to find catering companies that can serve both appetizers and cocktails and really provide you with the full experience. Of course, make sure to include some non-alcoholic options for people who are driving.

Don’t forget the entertainment

At the very least you need to play some good music. You can certainly hire a good DJ to do this for you, but it’s not necessary. After all, perhaps you don’t particularly want a dance party. If you have a small company and don’t have a lot of employees, it’s totally alright to make a smaller, simpler event. Bring in a few board games (Codenames, Dixit, and Telestrations are good choices) and spend the evening playing and singing Christmas songs. If you do have a bigger company and need to host a lot of people, then dancing, good music, and themed events are a good idea because it will make sure that a big group of employees who might not all be familiar with each other gets to do something together.

Take it easy with the photos

It’s great to have a few photos to share over your company’s social media, but don’t try to hunt everyone down to get their picture taken and don’t spend the whole evening behind a camera. If people need to be constantly ready for photography they won’t be able to relax, and one point it will become extremely annoying. It’s great to show the world that your business puts people first and is ready to accommodate their employees and even nurture team spirit, but you really don’t need a thousand pictures to show that.

Give out small gifts

Hey, it’s Christmas. Gifts are pretty much a must! Of course, you don’t have to invest a lot of money in them, and they don’t need to be huge. Something small and thoughtful is more than enough, and if you give your employees a little goodie bag with candy and chocolates they’re bound to be charmed. Travel mugs are also a good idea because they’re useful, and so are personalized key chains or even wine glasses.

Enjoy the bonding experience of your Christmas corporate party! It will bring the employees closer and give everyone an opportunity to relax and have a little fun.

Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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