Well, let’s face it. When the company Christmas party is the same old deal every year, employees just don’t get excited anymore. If they do show up, it’s really just to eat the party food or not get on the bad side of the boss.
So, you want your Christmas party to be a resounding success this year? You want to give your employees the enjoyment that they deserve. You want them to remember this Christmas party and make it a benchmark against all future parties. Wow!
Well, here are some ideas to get you on the road to success.
First of all, take it out of the office or store.
The unbreakable rule of hosting a successful company Christmas party is that you don’t hold it at your place of work. Employees are tired and stressed and more than ready for a break. They don’t really want to see the same walls they see every single day.
Event organizers agree that you’ll never have a fun, memorable event if you hold it where your employees work. Being there will remind them too much about work and conversation will inevitably drift towards shop talk. So find some other place to hold it. Somewhere where they can let go. The lovelier the place, the more special, the more things to see and do, the better the chances of success! Your employees will be excited already at the outset.
Get out of the nighttime groove.
While we tend to think of parties as evening affairs, they don’t have to be. Even if your office Christmas party idea is to host a meal for your guests at a restaurant or hotel, just switching the time of day can make a significant difference in the level of energy and expectation. Plus, alcohol becomes less of an issue during a day affair. It helps ensure that your party doesn’t turn into a sorry, drunken affair.
Break the mold.
Whatever you typically do, change it from year to year. No matter what you did for your last Christmas party, a certain percentage of people will find it boring if you do it again. Try thinking of your party as an event rather than a get-together. Instead of the traditional sit-around-somewhere-and-eat party, you could host a bowling party, or turn your party into a Christmas-themed scavenger hunt. Remember, though, when choosing Christmas party ideas based on activities, pick something that everyone can do.
Turn it into a family affair.
If you change your guest list from inviting just staff to inviting staff and their families to your company party, people’s expectations and behaviors will change. Your employees will be very happy that they will be able to share the event with their family. For many of them, the company Christmas party is one of the few parties they are actually able to go to every year. When they can bring their family with them, the party becomes a rare chance for some family time and recreation.
Mix up your guest list.
Instead of hosting a Christmas party that’s just for staff, widen your guest list to include extended family, friends, neighbors, and business associates. Mixing up your guest list makes your party more interesting for attendees as they’ll get a chance to meet new people.
Dealcoholize your Christmas party.
Then there’s the alcohol dilemma. Should you serve it at your Christmas party? As a human being, you want all your guests to have a good time and be safe. But both happiness and safety can be compromised when people are drinking. And as a social host, legally you have a duty to supervise your guests and make sure they all get home safely if they’re consuming alcohol at your party.
There is no rule that you have to serve alcohol at your office Christmas party. If doing so makes you uncomfortable or anxious, don’t serve it. People can certainly have a good time without drinking alcohol. Just make sure that everyone knows it’s an alcohol-free party ahead of time and that you have plenty of other things to drink if people are thirsty.
Besides juices, teas, coffees, and alcohol-free punches, mocktails or “0% cocktails” can be a fun alternative.
The trick to successfully hosting any party is to blend just the right amounts of excitement and comfort. With these company Christmas party ideas, you can host a party that staff looks forward to attending rather than being bland and emotionless about the whole thing.