Planning for a Work Christmas Party
Do you want to mark the end of the year with a good old fashioned Christmas get together? Creating time for social interactions, in a fun and positive way, is important. It creates team bonding at a different level, leaving behind the stresses of day to day work and leaving colleagues to engage with other in a fun way. The event themes can be varied to suit different interest levels.
We have compiled a couple of ideas for your upcoming Christmas party:
- A simple buffet party with a Kris Kingle gift giving evening. The cost can be as little as €5/€10. Gifts can be generic or pulling names out of a hat will let each person know who they have to buy for.
- An outdoor activity. Ideas can include a zip-line activity day out, to promote team building skills. Other ideas include a mountain walk followed by refreshments at a local restaurant, a meal out at a gourmet restaurant, an in-house party including a simple three course menu followed by games that everyone can enjoy.
- An overnight break away in a hotel that includes time to get some of the Christmas shopping done, a trip to the spa and a meal in a lovely restaurant.
- An in-house entertainment night. Suggestions can include a comedy night, karaoke night or hiring a magician for some refreshing entertainment. The night can be complimented with some simple or luxury spot prizes such as hampers, a night away in a hotel, and a voucher for a local spa or restaurant.
Involving staff in the decision of what to host for this annual event is a great way to get everyone on-board, and potentially increase participation at the party. It is a good idea to start planning the Christmas party in early November. It can help with getting through long winter evenings and create a positive feeling in the workplace leading up to the Christmas holidays.
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