Staff Christmas Party Ideas They’ll Remember Long Into the New Year
It’s not an easy task planning the big corporate Christmas party, as there’s a very fine line between “dud” and “success” when it comes to events like this. That’s why it’s important that you take every measure possible to make sure that this year’s Christmas party is a smashing success – something that will be talked about for years to come, rather than something that’s easily forgettable.
Of course, this is all much easier said than done. So how do you go about planning the holiday party that’s not to be forgotten? One way is to come up with some staff Christmas party ideas. Here’s a look:
- Assign Christmas place cards, but not just any old place card. Instead, try to pair staff members’ names with the names of a famous Christmas character. If everyone in your office is a good sport and if this idea is executed with nothing but fun in mind, this can be the recipe for a lot of party laughs. For example, if someone in your office has a beard and is good with tools, you might pair his name with Yukon Cornelius from the “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” children’s movie.
- Fun gift exchange: Secret Santa is one thing, but have you ever heard of “Yankee Swap?” It brings out the competitive nature in staff members and can be a ton of fun. Simply select a gift amount and have everyone bring a wrapped gift. Place the gifts in a central location, determine an employee order and begin selecting gifts. Each staff member can decide to either select a gift from the pile or steal a gift that’s already been opened. Staff members will be talking for months about who stole from who.
- Set a theme: Not every office party needs a theme, but setting a theme can certainly make a party more interesting. Some themes include “ugly sweater” and “most festive attire.” To encourage people to participate in the theme, be sure to give out prizes to those decked out the most elaborately.
- Christmas carols: What could put staff members more in the holiday spirit than some Christmas carolers? See if any staff members would be interested in forming a group and entertaining the rest of the attendees with some notable Christmas ongs. It’s sure to bring a smile to the faces of those in attendance.