You’ve just been tasked with planning company's holiday party and want to know how to organize the perfect one. Don't fret! If you're looking for a way to spice up your company's holiday party, we're here to help. A company holiday party is a great way to brighten up the dreary winter months, give employees a break from stress, and bring coworkers together. Make it a blast by planning games, decorations, and more!
The winter solstice, which typically occurs on December 21st, is the shortest day and longest night of the year. For many cultures, the winter solstice has been a significant event because it marked the point at which the days began to get longer and the nights shorter. This shift was seen as a symbol of new life and renewal, and many cultures celebrated the solstice as a way to mark the end of the dark, cold winter and the start of a new year. Because of this, many holidays and festivals, such as Christmas and Hanukkah, are celebrated around the time of the winter solstice. At the office, the holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.) are some of the best times of the year. Not only is everyone looking forward to a nice, extended holiday break, but there are festivities every few days. Team celebrations, office breakfasts, holiday parties, happy hours and treats, etc. — what's there not to love about the holidays?
All holiday celebrations take some planning but the sheer amount that happen in the winter months can make coordination seem like an uphill battle. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Create clear policies - Before encouraging adults from many different backgrounds to participate in any office celebration, it is important to establish some ground rules
Keep it non-denominational - Inclusivity is important but trying to include everyone's unique celebrations can be overwhelming. It's best to keep the celebration simple and straightforward.
Optional participation - Don't force everyone to participate. Some people might prefer to spend time with their close friends and family instead of their co-workers. But you can probably get more people to participate by offering a great perk - keep reading for more on that.
CaterCow is the perfect place to find delicious food and treats for your holiday celebration. We have a wide variety of breakfast items, hot lunches, and festive treats like cupcakes and cake pops that will make your event special. And with our COVID-safe catering options, you can choose buffet style or individually-packaged meals. So whether you're planning a big party or just want to avoid the company potluck, CaterCow is the perfect solution for your holiday catering needs.
You can filter orders by food type, minority-owned businesses and more. Whether your office celebration is a massive ordeal, or a small get together - CaterCow makes it easy for everyone to share a meal together.
Wearing an ugly Christmas sweater is seen as a light-hearted and playful way to celebrate the holidays, and it has become a popular tradition in many parts of the world. These sweaters often feature bright colors, garish patterns, and over-the-top holiday themes, such as Santa Claus, snowmen, and reindeer.
You can even have your team vote on the most outrageous sweaters and give away prizes! (Everyone loves an Amazon giftcard!)
If you have some extra room in your budget, you can spread some Christmas cheer by getting small desktop Christmas trees for your team to decorate themselves.
Remember to keep things interesting by offering awards in creative ways - avoid a blanket “best costume” award. Create a first-place prize for Most Creative, Funniest, Most Clever, etc.
Also don’t forget to add desk and door decorating to the mix. This gives people the opportunity to participate if they don’t take part in trimming a tree at this time of year at home.
If there’s a TV, screen or projector around the office it’s a great excuse to cycle through Christmas movies. Play some classics on mute with subtitles to keep people entertained throughout the day.
Bonus: If you decide to host a trivia competition, create questions based on the movies shown during the day.
As much fun as it is to party in the office, no one will turn down the opportunity to go home early. Parents will be happy to be able to accommodate the inevitably abnormal school schedule that the holiday season has thrust upon them. And everyone else in the office will be happy to get started with their holiday rest and relaxation a little bit quicker than usual.
White Elephant Gift Exchange Ahh - the good ole White Elephant, where people bring in gifts they don’t want anymore and put them all in a pile. If you pick a gift, you have to take it home.
Ugly Sweater Party An Ugly Sweater Party is a great way to celebrate the holidays in the office, and break the ice with new people. EVERYONE looks silly!
Themed Scavenger Hunt Send out clues to the teams in the office and have them reach checkpoints throughout the office. When they reach each checkpoint, they can collect a stamp. When they collect all the stamps, they win a prize.