What to Consider When Planning a Company Holiday Party
The holidays are right around the corner, and that means it’s time for you and your company to celebrate. In this article, we will look at some basics for planning your holiday party so that you are able to throw an event to be remembered
Plan Your Corporate Holiday Party
- Set Your Budget
- Pick a Venue
- Decide on Menu
- Other Areas to Consider
Set Your Budget
As with any event planning, setting your budget should be the first step. The budget is what sets the rest of the event, and guides your decisions regarding refreshments, entertainment, and location. If you are a smaller business, then some sort of fundraiser may be appropriate, but this is not a route large corporations should take. When setting your budget, be sure to ask your employees if they would rather have a large party than a holiday bonus. This may be an area you will lower morale rather than boost it, so keep your employee's needs in mind
Pick a venue
Some companies do choose to have an in-house party, while others look for offsite venues, such as a conference place or restaurant. Be sure to pick a place that would be appropriate for the demographics of your workforce. When choosing a venue, be sure that you will be allowed to decorate, as well as bring in outside food, and drink on the premises.
Decide on a Menu.
If you are holding your holiday party at a restaurant, then it would be a good idea to talk to the restaurant and see if you can have a fixed menu for your guests. Be sure to distribute the menu beforehand so that your employees are able to make their choice
If you are having your party at a conference place or in office, then make sure to order enough food for everyone. Having smaller, “snackable” food is a good idea, as is avoiding foods and drinks that can leave unsightly stains.
You will also have to decide whether to serve alcohol. If so, remind your employees of the laws, and offer incentives for those who leave their car at home and take a cab instead
Other Things to Consider
There are a few other things to think about when you are planning your holiday party. These include:
Themes – There are a lot of options here, from traditional White Winter theme to the Office themed. Get creative and make it memorable for your employees
Gifts – Should there be a gift exchange or a secret Santa? Should you make a game out of it?
Door Prizes/Raffles – Having door prizes and raffles is another good way to get people excited and involved.
Guest List – You will have to decide whether spouses are allowed to join in, or if it is going to be employees only. You could also invite clients, but keep in mind at that point it becomes less of a party for your employees and more of a client relationship meeting
The holiday party should be a way to show your appreciation for your employees, so plan it according to them. And remember, most people would rather have a financial bonus rather than an extravagant part, so be sure to keep a balance in mind.