1. Be Mindful of your Timing
Timing is a crucial factor to consider when planning your office party. You want to start your party at a reasonable time, and you want it to end on time. Try planning your party on a weekend to give your employees ample time to get ready and to eliminate the party feeling like a continuation of work. If the employee has kids, it also gives them time to find a babysitter. Starting the party around 6:00 or 6:30 and ending the party by 10:00 is a reasonable amount of time.
2. Book a Venue Outside of the Office
No one wants to hang out in the office any longer than they have to! Try booking a venue to host your party at, rather than in the office. This gives employees the ability to feel more comfortable and relaxed. It will also encourage socialization between team members. If booking a venue is not an option, try rearranging the office and transforming the space. That way, it feels a little less like being a work.
3. Invest in the Food
Food is one of the most important parts of any function! It is truly the make-or-break of a party. When budgeting for your office party, make food your largest category. Research shows that food is what guests report to be the most important factor of events. Get a feel for what your team members prefer to eat, and plan accordingly.
4. Encourage the Team to Bring a Plus One
When you allow your team to bring a guest, they will instantly feel more comfortable. Rather your employee is married, dating, or bringing their best friend, they will be more enticed to socialize and engage with their co-workers. This also gives them the chance to get to know each other better by meeting people from their life outside of work.
5. Hire Entertainment
Consider hiring a band, DJ, or comedian to entertain your team. This will lighten the mood and show your employees that you want them to have a good time! If you choose a band or DJ, make sure you allow space to dance! If you hire someone such as a comedian, make sure you have seating for everyone to sit and enjoy.
By, Madison Brooks