Every employee looks forward to the corporate holiday party at the end of the year. They’ve worked hard all year; now they anticipate just kicking back, relaxing and enjoying the celebrations provided by the organization. Give your employees the time of their lives with these 11 tips that are sure to make your company holiday party a smashing success!

Choose a nice venue

Instead of having the party at the office, pick a nice venue where employees can chill out without being reminded of work. Taking it out of the office will ensure your employees can really relax and have a great time.

Set the right time and date

You need to keep in mind the availability of party venues and your employees’ schedules when setting a time and date for your holiday party. Book in advance so that your preferred venue is available and try to book the party on a Friday or Saturday so that employees don’t have to come back to work a day after the office party!

Pick a theme

Most holiday party themes are exactly that – holidays. However, you can try something different and come up with a unique theme idea such as Winter Wonderland, Roaring 20s etc. to give your employees a different experience.

Take feedback

Ask your employees for feedback about last year’s holiday event. They might want to change things up a little this time. Create a questionnaire to take everyone’s likes and dislikes into consideration. Their responses could help you plan a party to remember!

Set sufficient budget

The holidays are a great time of year to show your employees how much you appreciate them. Be sure to set a generous budget to pull out all the stops for your upcoming party from the best food, and entertainment to a safe place to stay or ride home.  Corporate events can really help boost employees’ morale so give them a great event, even if it means spending a little extra cash.

Check food/drink preferences

Before you book a venue or catering services, find out food preferences from your employees. Check for any allergies and make sure the entire team is accommodated. Find out if there are members of the team that are vegetarian or don’t drink alcohol so you can include options for them in the menu.

Check travel arrangements

Some employees may end up missing the event because of insufficient travel arrangements. Make sure the venue you book is easily accessible either by public transport or private transport arranged by the company.

Send invites

Make your employees feel special by sending them invites to the party. Make the invites interesting and eye-catching so people can really get into the festive mood.

Have a competition

Whether it’s ‘highest achiever of the year’ or ‘best dressed,’ including a competition will ensure everyone really gets involved in the party. A fun competition will not only get people excited, it’s a great ice-breaker.

Don’t forget the entertainment

Instead of simply hiring a DJ, come up with a different form of entertainment to give your employees a truly unique experience, such as a comedic magician, a standup comedian or an acting troupe. Think outside the box and make the entertainment fresh and fun!

Hire an event manager

You may think you can do it all yourself, but there are so many things to take care of that anything can go wrong. You’ll have to take care of food, equipment, guests, serving staff, entertainment, drinks, etc. You and your staff are all busy preparing for holiday celebrations of your own so working with an event manager can be a simple way for all of you to enjoy the season of celebrations and have your party go off without a hitch!

Ready to throw an unforgettable corporate holiday party? Contact Eleven Events today for your consultation.

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