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Plan the Ultimate Company Holiday Party

Tyler Holliday, Ytel |  

The holidays are upon us! If you're in charge of planning your company's holiday party, you have probably started the initial phases of research, planning, and decision making. We're here to provide some insight on making this holiday party the most memorable one your company has ever seen... Read on for more!

The holidays are upon us! If you're in charge of planning your company's holiday party, you have probably started the initial phases of research, planning, and decision making. We're here to provide some insight on making this holiday party the most memorable one your company has ever seen... Read on for more!

Nail down your budget

The most important part of party planning is knowing how big or small you'll be going. Budgeting can set limitations, but you can totally get creative with this! 

Assemble your squad of holiday helpers

Whether there's a designated team within your company who plans the party every year, or you have to go to every cubicle asking for volunteers, make sure you've got a good team of helpers (with great attitudes!) who are prepared to help you plan the party of the year. The more you can delegate, the easier it'll be to plan, while still maintaining the rest of your day to day tasks and duties in the office.

Once you've got your squad, set up a planning meeting to bounce ideas around, decide what the necessities are for the party (food, games, booze, etc) and what the extras are. 

Embrace the diversity of your employees

That's what the holidays are all about, after all. Be particularly sensitive here when selecting a theme or specific decorations. It's often easier to just go with a winter theme, if you choose one at all. Focus on celebrating the end of the year and all the hard work your company put in and what they accomplished, rather than anything religious. 

Plan fun team building games & activities

Our favorites are Jenga, Uno, and Shuffleboard! Especially if you're including families and spouses at this party, ice breakers are usually necessary. Fun, interactive games are a fun way to get people laughing and relaxed and chatting with people they might not know. Team builders work with your employees during the work week, and they'll definitely work here, too.

Be sure to remember that this is the employee holiday party... a time to enjoy time with their coworkers, friends and family. If you plan games and when the time comes to play, it's easy to gauge that no one is really interested in playing, no worries! Let the vibe of the party decide what the agenda is. 

Host a white elephant gift exchange

Often the most popular party of holiday parties are the white elephant gift exchange! If you're unfamiliar with the game, here's what you do. Everyone brings a ridiculous or funny gift (like a gag gift!) wrapped, and those participating draw a number. Once your number is called, you choose a gift and unwrap it. Once your turn is up, you can either unwrap a gift or steal someone's gift, if you think it's funny or cool. Typically, you can "steal" up to 3 times throughout the game til you get the gift you really want. Chances are good someone will steal your gift at some point throughout the game, so be on your toes! 

Last Minute Tips

  • Inquire about food allergies with employees and their spouses
  • Make a Spotify playlist for the party 
  • Host an open bar if you have the funds for it!
  • Offer a ride-share credit like Lyft or Uber

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About The Author

Tyler Holliday, Ytel

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Tyler is fueled by the power of imagination and has a passion for connecting businesses to their customers and prospects through authentic marketing. Some advice he gives to other marketers is keep things simple, and always follow the golden rule… Measure what you market.


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