The year is flying by and in the blink of an eye, December will be on your door step. We haven’t started counting down the weeks until Santa comes just yet but it the perfect time to start thinking about your Holiday Office Party.

December is a magical time of the year and a month of celebration. There is no better way to enjoy the spirit of the season than hosting a Holiday Office Party. There are so many benefits of hosting a party including boosting staff morale, building goodwill and saying a big “THANK YOU” for a years’ worth of hard work and dedication.

We’ve put together these tips to help you plan your corporate Christmas party, so you can make a big impression!

Decide where you want to hold the party

The first step in planning your Office party is to choose a suitable venue. Whether you have a small group and want an intimate event or a large group of 100+ people, your location should be able to cater to your every need.

Hosting an event should be a great experience for you and your team. Your team is an important part of your organization and the hard work they put in should be rewarded.

  • Is the venue in a convenient location for your staff?
  • Does it allow you to customize your event with props, floral arrangements and entertainment?
  • Does it offer a private function room?
  • What is the capacity for a standing up or a sit-down event?
  • How much do they charge for venue feeds?

If you are thinking about holding your party at a hotel, make Hilton your first choice. Book early to get the best availability.

Plan early

You need to give yourself enough time to work out all the details of the party. This will not only give you enough time to plan the party, but it will also allow you to invite your guests early, so they won’t plan anything else for that day.

Don’t plan your party too close to holidays such as Christmas and Hanukah. Many of your guests may be leaving town to visit family, so if you can plan your party too close to these days, many people may not be able to come.

  • The weekend is usually the best time to hold your party, because your guests won’t have to go to work in the morning. If not the weekend, Friday night is the best.
  • Decide if you want your party to be during the afternoon or the night. Most parties are held in the evening but try to choose what is best for you and your guests.
  • Get some input from your guests if you aren’t sure when people are able to make it

Show your team appreciation

One important things to always remember, is that rewarding your employees is a great gesture to let them know you appreciate them. You can show appreciation through many ways.

Some examples are giving small gifts, like gift cards, mini goodie bags and gifts in a jar, along with personalized words of appreciation that will really let your staff know you care. You should show your appreciation to your team all year round and not only during the holidays.

  • Planning games is a great way to pass the time and get everyone involved. No one should be bored during the celebration!
  • Don’t forget to involve the people who could not attend the party. Ensure they feel just as appreciated as everyone who attends the holiday party.

Most importantly, make sure everyone in the organization is invited and ready to have a good time!