Planning your office holiday party can seem daunting. After all, you need to host an event for your employees that is fun and not too costly—two things that don’t always go together. But when it comes down to it, throwing a holiday party is a way for you to show your appreciation to your employees for their hard work throughout the past year so it’s important to get it right.
We’ve come up with 5 ways that you can make your event fun without breaking your budget.
- Host a lunch rather than a dinner.
Serving lunch is always less expensive than serving dinner. Plus, given that the holidays are an extremely busy time of year, your employees might appreciate a party during the day, instead of taking up their entire evening.
- Make it an opportunity to give out awards.
Like we said, this is an opportunity to thank your employees for all they do. Consider showing that gratitude by formally recognizing their efforts.
- Limit alcohol.
First, alcohol is expensive. Second, too much alcohol is generally not good at a corporate holiday party. You don’t have to completely forgo adult beverages, though. Consider having a signature drink or only serving beer and wine.
- Decorate smart.
Holding a party in an undecorated room is a drag, but spending half of your budget on streamers and three Christmas trees isn’t necessarily wise. Utilize decorations that have a big impact on the room. (Pssst An Affair of Excellence can help you out with ideas!)
- Serve mini desserts.
After just having eaten an entire meal, what normally happens is people are served dessert, eat three bites, and give up. Consider serving a few different mini desserts. This allows you to provide more options and avoid food waste.
With the holidays fast approaching, An Affair of Excellence wants to make sure that your holiday party becomes the talk of the office. For more office party suggestions or to learn more about our services, give us a call today at (407) 902-6657.