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The Business Owner’s Guide to Office Christmas Parties

The Business Owner’s Guide to Office Christmas Parties

It’s the holiday season again, and your management skills will be put to the test to organize a successful office Christmas party. A Christmas party is an excellent way for companies to show appreciation to their staff. It can also help improve morale and strengthen the company culture. Putting together an event is not an easy task, but proper planning can help you create a successful party for your employees and other guests. This guide aims to help business owners manage an effective company Christmas party.

Budget Carefully

Determining your exact budget should be the first step in the planning process. Some companies throw big Christmas parties while others have a quieter, smaller event. It is important to check your finances to see what you can afford. Discuss budget ideas with your upper-level staff members. Once you figure out the budget for the party, you’ll be able to better determine your limits for party size, location, catering, etc. Foodee says, “A party is only as much fun as the people allow themselves to have, and you really don’t need stacks of dollar bills to make that happen. You just need to get creative and thoughtful with the budget you’re working with. Create enthusiasm and never apologize for your party!”

Dress for Success

As the boss, it is your job to set the mood. You can consider dressing as Santa or wearing an ugly Christmas suit. Opposuits explains that “dressing to impress doesn’t always mean getting decked in a shiny new tux to wow friends and family. Dressing to impress means that you find an outfit that’s perfect for the right occasion and a Christmas suits is, if you believe it, perfect for a Christmas party.” The goal here is to create a fun and relaxing atmosphere for everyone at the party. If employees see you doing or wearing something outside of the norm, they will be more likely to join in on the fun. You don’t want employees feeling like they are at work during the party.

The Menu

Nothing can spoil a party faster than bad food. It is essential to pick a menu that has options for every taste. This is where it will be important to know what your employees like to eat. You may want to ask for suggestions or create a poll of your top choices for them to select from. There may be special cases where an employee could be vegan or require kosher food. When it comes to beverages, you should remember that not everyone drinks alcohol, so you should have a variety of non-alcoholic options. For larger parties, you may want to consider a buffet. No matter how you decide to feed your employees, the one thing you don’t want to do is run out of food. In this case, it’s best to overbuy than underbuy.

Games and Activities

Hosting games and other activities is a great way to keep your employees entertained, and it creates healthy competition. It is important to make it team-oriented so that employees can interact with others who they may not normally socialize with. The games and activities should be relatively easy to play for everyone involved. As an added bonus, prizes can be awarded to the winners.

Planning an office Christmas party might seem a little overwhelming at first, but it doesn’t have to be. These tips can help you throw an office Christmas party everyone will remember. Try not to overthink the party too much, and remember to have fun!

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by Eileen O'Shanassy // Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter: @eileenoshanassy.

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