You want to throw a great, memorable holiday party for your employees, but you’re a small company and the event can’t be too lavish. How can you put something together that doesn’t require an entire planning firm and dedicated team of assistants?
Quite easily, it turns out. Here are 5 no-hassle holiday party ideas for small companies. Enjoy them and let us know how your company holiday party goes!
5 No-Hassle Holiday Party Ideas for Small Companies
First – down with the potluck.
For a holiday party everyone can enjoy, preparation and cleanup should be kept to a minimum. Take a consensus of the type of food your employees want to have at the party and arrange to have it catered. With paper plates, disposable flatware, and paper napkins, cleanup is only a matter of recycling and putting garbage into bags.
The caterers will bring your perfectly-prepared food and leave you to enjoy the party. It’s much simpler than asking everyone to bring a dish or trying to whip up a meal for what could be a relatively large group of people.
Arrange some fun activities and ‘booths.’
You should have something for your employees to do at the party other than socializing – while most people enjoy mixing and socializing at a party, consider that these people work together every week day and have plenty of chances to chat then.
A holiday party needs to include more than a chance to talk more with your coworkers. Arrange some fun activities and booths – photo booths, game booths, raffle prize booths, etc. – and your employees will enjoy the party more.
Check in at a hotel conference room.
If your budget can support it, have the party at a hotel conference room instead of your office. One of the perks of having your party at a hotel conference room is catering. Some hotels offer a catering service that can bring the food for the party and clean it up – even better than if you had your office party catered!
Another bonus is that people enjoy attending a party somewhere other than the office they work in every single week day the rest of the year – they can’t help but associate it with work and may have trouble relaxing. Having the party in a different location can help everyone get into the spirit of holiday festivities easily.
Hold the party during work hours.
Hold the office holiday party during work hours – really. It can be the difference between a party that employees dread and have to struggle through and one that they look forward to and genuinely enjoy. If you hold your office holiday party during work hours, you benefit from several things:
- Party can be shorter with a definite ending time
- Employees are more enthusiastic about attending
- Gives employees more time with family after work
- Simple way to avoid serving alcohol at the party
A party during work hours feels like a treat for employees, and without the necessity of feeding each person’s spouse and children, you can throw a better party on the same budget.
Finally – find someone to cover the phones during the party.
So many companies plan every detail of their daytime holiday party down to the napkins but forget that someone has to cover the phones during the party. Making sure the phones are covered during your party is essential if you’re having it during the work day, but you don’t want to leave any of your employees out. The best solution is to hire a short-term virtual receptionist who will be able to answer the calls as they come to you and either direct the callers to voicemail or take a detailed message for you.
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