The Ultimate Office Party Planning Checklist
Whether your idea of an office party is hosting your company’s version of Michael Scott’s Dundies or simply relaxing with a can of beer and a slice of pizza, you’ll want to make a point of acquiring all the necessary supplies ahead of time. No, you do not need an entire party planning committee to complete the job, but the items in this office party planning checklist could prove useful:
A Good Setup
You work in an office, so you should have plenty of chairs and tables on hand for your party, right? Wrong! Your average office party is plagued by a lack of decent seating. Some partygoers may prefer to stand, but be sure to have a few extra folding chairs on hand, just in case.
Consider renting a few high tops so people can stand while eating.
At each table, place a funny photo or board game. This will get the party going and set people up for an awesome night.
Office parties definitely need good food
options. Have everyone bring in their favorite potluck dish or recipe. Try holding a contest for the best:
- Dip Recipe
- Cookie Recipe
- “Junkiest Food”
- “Healthiest Food”
You can’t go wrong with chex mix or pretzels!
What fun is a game if it doesn’t feature a prize for the winner? Your prize could range from something simple, like food, to a special privilege, like an extra day off. If your budget can handle it, feel free to offer something more extensive, such as a gift card or even a weekend getaway.
- Orange Juice
- Coca-Cola and Diet Coke
- Redbull (if you’re office is feisty)
- Iced Tea
Wines, Spirits, etc:
- Bloody Mary Bar
- Local Craft Beers
Don’t just assume that the entire office knows about the upcoming party. An announcement at your weekly meeting or inservice may be helpful, but you’re best off sending out official invites for the big event. This can take place via email or, if you prefer the traditional touch, with special cards.
Don’t turn your office party into a boring, awkward obligation; with the right supplies and, more importantly, an optimistic attitude, you’ll have no problem throwing an exciting celebration that will be talked about for years to come.