The holidays are right around the corner! With the season upon us, we wanted to talk about ways to take your holiday party or event to the next level by adding in fun and unique elements that attendees won’t see everywhere this season.

Five Unique Corporate Party Ideas

Corporate or work parties tend to be pretty bland. It’s understandable; no one wants to embarrass themselves in front of his or her boss or coworkers. However, there are several ways your company’s party planning committee can take the holiday theme and have a great time with it this season. Here are five ideas:

  1. Set up game stations

If you’ve been to a corporate party, you know that it usually involves a lot of awkward standing and small talk. Create conversation starters by setting up game stations throughout the party. You can put out a Bop It, set up Monopoly Deal, put out Uno cards, create a spot for Clue, put out a Scrabble board, and more. These crowd pleasers are fun, won’t embarrass anyone, and appeal to both introverts and extroverts.

  1. Give your food an unusual theme

There’s no need to have the exact same food that people will be eating on their holidays. Instead, create food based on a fun theme. For example, you could have a holiday luau, camping theme, or base your food off of the Nutcracker ballet.

In the end, creating delicious food that your office will enjoy is always a great start to any holiday party.

  1. Bring on the puppies

Puppy parties are a fun and adorable trend. Just remember to find out if anyone in your office are allergic to or afraid of dogs before bringing the puppies.

  1. Get crafty

Kids love craft stations, and so do adults! You can set up craft stations with glitter and glue – or have food-related crafts available like building a gingerbread house or a DIY cookie decoration station.

  1. Get inspired by traditions from other countries

Holiday traditions are different around the world, and some other countries have fun traditions. For example, Sweden has a yule goat while Venezuelans strap on rollerskates. Take a look at different cultures around the world and think outside the box for an entertaining party!

Five Tips for Improving Your Personal/Family Party

Going to more than one holiday party can feel like groundhog day. There is usually some kind of ugly sweater contest and a gift exchange with seasonal foods. However, there’s no need to repeat the tradition – you can make this year’s party unique and exciting. Here are five tips for planning and having a unique and exciting holiday party:

  1. Throw out the ugly sweaters and have a black tie event

Ugly sweater parties are so overdone that Target now sells ugly sweaters. If you are ready to get dressed up for the holidays, ask your friends and family to don their best clothes and come party with you!

  1. Create a refreshing signature cocktail

In a season filled with eggnog and hot chocolate, we crave something light and refreshing. Take this craving to the next level with a signature cocktail or mocktail. You can Google cocktail/mocktail recipes, but here’s one crowd pleaser that still feels seasonal without being heavy:

You will need:

– Pear juice

– Prosecco or sparkling grape juice

– Ginger ale

Mix 2 parts pear juice to 2 part prosecco or sparkling grape juice

Add 1 part ginger ale

This is a light, refreshing cocktail or mocktail that still tastes seasonal!

  1.  Bring a pinata to the party

There are plenty of candies associated with the holidays, so why not celebrate them with a pinata! Just remember, keep safety and swing radius in mind as you are likely having an indoor party.

  1. If you have a fireplace or a covered firepit, invite guests to roast marshmallows or chestnuts

What is more seasonal than a crackling fire? Enjoy your fireplace or firepit by inviting your friends to roast chestnuts over an open fire – or to enjoy roasted treats like marshmallows.

  1. Set up a photo booth

No matter the size of your party, you can have a photo booth. They can be rented, or you can set up a DIY booth. All you need is a fun backdrop, a Polaroid camera, plenty of film, and fun props.

There are so many ways to make your party completely unique, and these are just ten. We hope you find the perfect theme or activity that makes your party the one your friends, family, or coworkers are talking about through 2019.

Are you planning a party? Let us know if we can help!