It’s that time again – chilly weather, shorter days, and the lead up to the festive season. If you’re starting your company party preparations, here’s an early gift from MOO in the form of our best tips.
If you’ve been tasked with organizing the end-of-year staff party, you may be wondering where to begin. Getting it right requires a blend of creative thinking, organizational skills and a flair for fun. It might sound like a tall order, but with helpful suppliers, practical tips and a rock-solid party plan, you’ll soon have everything falling into place.
It might be your first time as a party planner, or maybe you’re simply looking to kick things up a gear as the decade draws to an end. Either way, here’s how to have an unforgettable company party that staff will remember happily for years to come.
Whether you’re working in an office of fancy dress enthusiasts or you just know that everyone’s looking forward to letting off steam with some late-night karaoke, a theme for your party can be a great way to pull everything together and help guests relax and get into the festive spirit.
A company party theme can be almost anything, as long as it’s not too controversial – steering clear of religion, sex and politics is always a good rule of thumb. Check with your HR department before getting started.
Your choice of theme will probably depend on the size of company you work for, the industry it’s in and the mix of people who will attend.
If you work in a smaller company where co-workers share social time as well as working closely together, it could be something that’s in tune with the interests of your team, even if they’re quite niche. Maybe everyone loves a certain TV show, or you work in an industry such as gaming or fashion where there’s plenty of scope for having fun with work subjects.
There are also some classic party themes that have become perennial favorites, such as:
If your team has mixed interests, is large or includes a wide range of demographics and cultures, consider a broader theme that everyone will recognize and enjoy. For example,
Another way to broaden the appeal of your event is to hold it in the daytime. An afternoon event such as an indoor picnic or pancake toss could be a handy option if your company has a strong work-life balance, and many co-workers have young families they want to bring along.
A popular option is to theme your party around the venue you’ve chosen. Unless your party is happening at your company premises, you can book somewhere unusual and make the venue, activities and party theme all tie in together for an even more memorable effect.
Here are a few ideas that could work as a venue tie-in or simply a stand-alone theme for your company party.
Whichever theme you choose, make sure it’s applied consistently across all of your party planning, including invitations, flyers, place settings and venue decoration. You can really have fun and be creative at this stage, so why not explore and try out a few ideas for themes before you send off for your printed party materials.
Anticipation is half the fun of holiday parties, which is why it’s so important to start preparing early and building awareness of your festive plans. Here are some of the ways you can generate buzz about your coming event.
Here’s a handy list of things you might want to arrange for your company party. Of course we’re not saying you need to do all of them – you’re only human, we get it – but this way you won’t forget any essentials. Feel free to download and edit this so you can turn it into your own ultimate party masterplan.