After a year of meeting deadlines, hard work and a few meltdowns here and there, the office party is a chance to relax and let off some steam. You do want to avoid drinking wine in your Xmas jumper while listening to old school classics on the radio. You can do this by planning ahead of time, which should involve speaking with your team. With that said, here are a few tips to help you out.
Choose an Interesting Theme
You can become as creative as you want when it comes to selecting the theme for your event. This year, Peaky Blinders’ themed parties are popular. Many UK companies are preparing to go back to the 1920’s, but feel free to go for other themes such as Narnia, Apres or something else among those lines. Then you can transform your indoor and outdoor space into a snowy forest.
Gamify Your Event
We all love our tablets, phones and other mobile devices, so why not use this addiction for your Xmas party? You can host competitions on social media and try to get your hashtags to trend, and then you can use gamification to encourage team building and cooperation. All you need is an app to let your employees use, and this app can let them have fun doing things such as hunt for virtual treasure or take quizzes and things of that nature. You might be surprised at how many employees will love playing games at the party.
Put on a Xmas Festival
The last two months of the year is when many people book trips to Europe, and Secret Escapes and Lastminute.com see a rise in consumers using their sites to find getaways. Your employees will not have the time to do this, at least not all of the, but you can bring the European markets straight to them. Instead of serving the traditional buffet or three-course meal, setup a festival in the office or host the Xmas festival at a venue that isn’t located too far from the office.
Dress To Impress
Use this occasion to dress up in your best outfit for Xmas. For some ideas have a look at a fashion blog to get inspiration on how to look sensational for your Xmas party. Don’t forget your plus sized shapewear to smooth out your silhouette.
Celebrate Your Employees
A Xmas party should be much more than just having a little bit of fun photocopying stuff you shouldn’t be doing, so why not reward your workers? They will appreciate it and they will feel good about being recognised. If you don’t host an official awards evening, then Xmas is the perfect time to do this. Whether you want to go all-out and make a huge deal of it or you want to keep things low-key, you can bet your workers will love the idea of being rewarded for their efforts.
Choose the Right Venue
You need to select the venue for your party very carefully. If you want to make things unique, then choose a venue that is quirky or a bit different, but make sure the venue matches the value of your brand. There are many options out there, such as the Natural History Museum in London or the Royal Yacht Britannia over in Scotland or the Monastery in Manchester to name a few.
It doesn’t matter how small or large your budget is, you have many venue options throughout the UK. Determine what your budget is. Also, determine the location. After that, you can research venues.
Make the Fun Last
Xmas doesn’t have to be done at night. You can make the fun last, but if you want to avoid people going crazy with the beers too early, then book an activity in the noontime, but don’t involve drinking. December has many types of events and shows, so you can choose from an array of activities for you and your employees to do.
Be prepared to do some research because there are many options to choose from. You can do something like a spa day or a driving experience. Figure out what your employees like and then you can decide what to do for afternoon fun.