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Corporate holiday parties are a great way to bond and have fun with team members. They can also be the perfect opportunity to thank employees for all of their hard work and dedication to the organization throughout the calendar year. The holiday season is creeping upon us, and whether you’re just starting to plan the big event or have all the details in place, we have tips for adding final touches that are sure to make any holiday celebration a success!Decorations
Set the tone for your holiday party by decorating the venue with a little holiday cheer. Simple items like string lights, confetti, streamers, ribbon imprinted with a holiday message or your company logo and poinsettia center pieces are small touches with style. Consider incorporating a theme—like Winter Wonderland (with plenty of fake snow, blue lights and bare trees) or silver bells (with … you guessed it … silver bells adorning table tops or garlands).Entertainment
Some businesses can splurge on live music, comedians, demonstrators like ice carvers or cake decorators or DJs to entertain guests all night, but don’t worry if yours can’t. Ask around for a staff member willing to supply a quality sound system for the evening to blast music to dance or mingle to. For added fun, be your own entertainment by asking guests to come dressed as their favorite holiday movie character or rent a karaoke machine for the evening for a night of holiday caroling. Hand out door prizes for the best costumes or the loudest applause for a departmental rendition of “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” Prizes like imprinted A Snowflake Ornament or Celebrate Lights are fun and reasonable takeaways.

Photo opportunities
Hire a photographer or ask a staff member to volunteer to take photos of the party. These photos can be uploaded to your company’s Intranet, website, FacebookSM or TwitterSM accounts or used in newsletters. Give your audience a peek at your company’s culture by sharing your special event with them! If your staff is extra sentimental, print select photos out before the end of the party and frame them for party favors. The Aluminum Photo Frame is perfect for this!

Ice breakers and relationship building ideas
Activities can also provide entertainment and serve as more structured bonding opportunities. Good old-fashioned charades or Pictionary are safe bets for a good time. Place trivia cards on each table so guests can stay entertained while seated. If your holiday party includes spouses or family members of staff, have attendees write a real or made-up fact about themselves on their name tags and have them guess whether the fact is true or false. If your holiday party is more of a standing cocktail-type type of event, try a fun guessing game that involves taping names of celebrities or movie characters to the backs of guests and have them attempt to determine their identity through conversing with others. This is a great themed game to go along with the costume party idea mentioned previously.

Embrace the season of giving
Take time at the holiday party to give gifts or favors to employees. Holiday-themed h2go Stainless Steel Bottles or bottles of wine in Frost Star Wine/Gift Bags are great options. If you want to go all out, give gifts like the 6-Way Tin filled to the brim with popcorn, pretzels and party mix, or a Celebration Basket that is sure to wow. Go beyond just giving gifts to employees and try to perpetuate the spirit of giving while supporting your community. Set up a table or reserve space at your holiday party where guests can donate non-perishable food items or unwrapped toys to a local food shelf, women’s shelter or community center.

Toast your guests
Begin or end the festivities with a champagne toast—thanking team members for their hard work, a great party and wishes for a joyous holiday and successful New Year. Doing so can set the tone for the party, reiterate gratitude and provide excitement for the next year.

Whatever it is that you choose to do at your corporate holiday party, have fun and enjoy the season of giving and sharing. Spend some time reflecting on your hard work and relaxing with your staff—you deserve it! Happy Holidays!


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