The holidays are here! With the season upon us, we wanted to talk about ways to take your holiday party or event to the next level by adding fun and unique elements that you almost never see.
Haven’t planned your holiday party yet? Don’t worry! It’s not too late, but you don’t want to put it off any longer, or it will be hard for your team to plan around.
Why not end the year on a great note, put the party on the books, and plan out the best event your company has done to date? This blog will help with that!
Let’s get right into the best holiday party ideas.
5 ways to make your holiday party unique
Corporate or work parties tend to be pretty bland. It’s understandable; no one wants to embarrass themselves in front of their boss or coworkers. However, there are several ways your company’s party planning committee can take a 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 a game of 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.
#2: 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, a camping theme, or base your food on the Nutcracker ballet. In the end, creating delicious food that your office will enjoy is always a great start to any holiday party.
#3: bring on the pets
Puppy parties are a fun and adorable trend. Just remember to find out if anyone in your office is allergic to or afraid of dogs before bringing the puppies.
If dogs don’t work, consider kittens! Maybe even talk to your local humane society about hosting an adoption event during your holiday party, and see if you can find a home for some animals in your community.
#4: get crafty
Kids love craft stations, and so do adults! A great option is putting together craft stations with glitter and glue.
You can also do food-related crafts, such as gingerbread house building or cookie decorating. Whatever you choose, your guests are sure to love it (and go home with a sweet treat that reminds them of a memorable night!).
#5: 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! Infusing diverse cultures into your holiday event is a great way to bring diversity, learn about other cultures, and get creative.
5 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 a next-level holiday party this year:
#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!
#2: 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 with 2 parts Prosecco or sparkling grape juice.
- Add 1 part ginger ale.
This is a light, refreshing cocktail or mocktail that still tastes seasonal.
#3: bring a piñata to the party
There are plenty of candies associated with the holidays, so why not celebrate them with a piñata? Just remember to keep safety and swing radius in mind, especially if you’re having an indoor party.
#4: invite guests to roast marshmallows or chestnuts
This is a great holiday party idea if you have a fireplace or a covered firepit. After all, what is more seasonal than a crackling fire? Invite your friends to roast chestnuts over an open fire or to enjoy roasted treats like marshmallows. It’s bound to be a night you won’t forget!
#5: 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. It’s that simple!
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 2023.
While a holiday party might seem small to you, it can mean wonders to your team. Don’t wait any longer. Book your party today, and start planning a night that everyone will remember and chat about for years down the line! Your team deserves it.
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