Everyone enjoys that time of year around Christmas when the parties start to begin. Parties such as school, office, and church parties are very bright and exciting. When you are one of those individuals who work hard in an office all year around, it is refreshing to be able to let go and have fun with those individuals who you work next to. However, planning an amazing, outstanding, and unforgettable Christmas party takes a lot of thought and work. Carefully planning everything to the last detail is the perfect way to throw the best and most entertaining Christmas party that all of your co-workers will never be able to forget.
I recently DJed a medium-sized Christmas party for the employees and families at Mercer Plumbers of Trenton, NJ. For lots of parties, there are two schools of thought: 1) do it all yourself or 2) hire someone to do it. You can get the best bang for your buck by doing some combo of the two. I listed off some ideas and criteria to make your next office party great!
When you begin to plan, start as soon as possible. There are many places to have a Christmas party but they will fill up quickly, and so the sooner you begin to start the party planning, the better it will be to find the perfect place to enjoy your time. Making sure to give everyone a date for the part as soon as you can so that everyone will be prepared and ready once the part time has come to light. It is important to remember to send everyone an invitation. This will make it official as well as giving everyone something to look forward to. Do not forget to include someone, make sure that every individual receives an invitation. When you set the place for your office Christmas party, try your best to have the party away from work. It is hard to have a wonderful time when you are only five feet away from where you usually work all day long.
Whenever you find the perfect place for the get together, make sure it is easy to find, always make sure that their is a reliable taxi service for the end of the night so that everyone can get home safely, and make sure that the atmosphere inside of the establishment is light and brings the feeling of fun and celebrations. If you have no other choice but to have your party inside of the office, make sure to find a big enough room and away from the normal working area. You want the atmosphere, as well as the surrounding environment, to have a fun and festive feel to it. Most importantly, you want everyone who is there to enjoy the party to have a wonderful time, without thinking about their daily work.
As with many events and parties, it is always a good idea to set a theme for your Christmas party. When you set a theme for your party, it is prudent to remember that this theme is what will set the mood for your co-workers. When setting a theme for your get together, make sure that whoever will be attending will be able to enjoy it. This is the chance for you to get created. You can do a Christmas themed party for example, such as the best Christmas hat or dress, and you can even make an activity for the party group. Activities such as a hunt or even a murder mystery with clues will get everyone excited and in the mood to have a wonderful and eventful evening. Make sure that these activities include a lot of fun and excitement.
When it comes to the food, you will want to make an incredibly menu plan. It is important to include every individual’s taste when planning your party menu. If you have a large group from your office attending, the most beneficial plan would be to make sure and make the food a buffet option. This will give everyone the chance to be able to find exactly what they like to eat. Every person has a different taste when it comes to food and you want to make sure that everyone will be able to be satisfied with the food and the drinks that will be served at the Christmas party. It is also important to make sure that the food that will be served is plentiful. You do not want to run out of food way before the party is even over with, and remember that the drinks will more than likely be flowing non-stop, seeing that it is a party. It will be prudent to double check your drinks and be sure that there will be enough to last for the entire length of the party. If you run out of drinks then you will end up having most of the partiers heading home earlier than you would have wanted.
Even though the Christmas party is for everyone in the office with yourself included, since you are the one who is planning it, you will need to be sure and meet and greet every individual as they enter and let them know where they can put their hats and jackets. A warm and happy greeting is what begins any type of party, therefore, you will want to make every person feels welcome as soon as they walk in the door. To make the events of the party flow even smoother, make sure that you have a seating chart ready. As each individual walks inside the door let them know in which direction they should go. To break the ice with those co-workers who do not work closely to each other, sitting them at the same table with each other is a wonderful way to get everyone involved within the conversation. Making new friends is always a fun thing to do. If you are aware of the fact that some are more on the quiet side, it would be beneficial to have them seated at the same table as an individual who is outspoken or even funny. This is an easy way to break the ice amongst the co-workers.
When you think about entertainment, music is the best option to choose from. However, you will need to be sure that the music you choose is a style that can be appreciated by many, as well as helping to set the proper atmosphere for the party. You will want music that gets people out of their seats to mingle and dance to. If there is an individual who you work with that also knows how to DJ, then choosing them to participate in that way for the party entertainment is a fun experience for the whole group. If you want to have an even more entertaining evening, adding a karaoke machine to the event is a perfect way for everyone to laugh and have the most amazing time that none of them will ever be able to forget. During all of this fun and excitement, make sure you take a numerous amount of photos. This is a way for everyone to be able to enjoy the party even after everyone is back in the daily swing of work. You can put silly photos in the company newsletter so that everyone will be able to enjoy the memories of the most amazing Christmas party that they have ever had.
In conclusion, taking the time to think through all of the details for the Christmas party that you are planning, will greatly benefit you along with everyone else in your office. You need to plan all of the party by doing plenty of research and attention to detail. Planning a Christmas party takes time and patience. You will want to be absolutely sure that everyone and anyone who attends will forever remember the uniqueness and significance that you helped bring into their lives.