3 Cool Themes for Your Holiday Office Party
The holidays are approaching, which probably means you’re looking for an enjoyable, work-friendly theme to organize for your team. Holiday parties are often viewed as an obligatory and somewhat boring event by many professionals. But of course, you and your team members can change that. These three teams can help to boost the morale in your office by giving coworkers a chance to get to know each other better and enjoy some good-natured fun just in time for the holiday season.
Holiday Sweater Party
Chances are everyone in your office has a less-than-attractive holiday sweater given to them by a well-meaning relative. However, there are also a number of beautiful Christmas sweaters that reflect the warmth of the season fashionably. Host a sweater party for your team, complete with a contest with various categories such as “Most Fashion Forward Sweater” or “Most Colorful Sweater.” Allow each team member to model their sweaters, take pictures to post on the office bulletin board or in the company newsletter, and choose a panel of “judges” to determine the winners.
Offer prizes like gift cards to a local restaurant or coffee shop. And of course, make sure the party has plenty of holiday-themed refreshments for your team to enjoy.
Christmas Cookie Party
If members of your team love to bake, organize a holiday cookie party. Ask everyone to bring their favorite homemade cookies to the celebration, along with a cookie tin. Let each team member share the story of how they got the recipe for the cookies, whether it was passed down from a grandparent, or a result of a kitchen accident that turned out delicious. This is an easy and effective way for your team members to discover how much they have in common. During the party, those in the office are bound to swap cookies, and the holiday tins will hold all the treats everyone has stocked up on during the celebration. Other activities you can include at the cookie party include a Christmas Carol Karaoke Contest. Team members can sing solos or form groups to relay their take on classic holiday tunes. Of course, the other members of your staff who celebrate holidays other than Christmas can sing songs indicative of these holidays for the contest as well. You and your management staff can award the individuals with the most creative presentation with holiday bonuses, gift cards, or goodie bags.
Holiday Charity/ Gift Wrapping Party
Ask your team which charity they’d like to give to for the holiday season, at least a month ahead of time. This will give everyone a few weeks to purchase gifts or non-perishable food items for the charity. Ask your team to bring gift wrapping supplies, so that on the day of the party, you can wrap gifts together and deliver them to the charity of your choice, or mail them if the charity is out of town. Provide refreshments during the gift wrapping party, or host a holiday dinner after the gift wrapping session for staff members to mingle and bring their families.