If you are lucky enough to be allowed to throw a holiday office party, you will want to make it as easy as possible. Yes, you want your coworkers to enjoy the party. But you don’t want to agonize over all the details and stress yourself over it. That is what the family gatherings are all about for some people. Work parties should be more relaxed and just a way for you and your coworkers to have a small chance to socialize.
Here are some tips to help you:
• Ask another coworker to help you. Remember four hands are always better than two
• Think easy choice ideas when it comes to food. Buffet is always a good idea and so is the theme that states that one should bring their own dish, especially if you want to party to include a real meal.
• No, plastic cups and paper plates are not great on the environment. Yet, they are really a must for these types of parties. Nobody wants to stay late and wash dishes. Nobody wants to lug dirty dishes home. What you can do is purchase environmentally friendly plastic cups and plates.
• If you want to host a gift exchange during the party, discuss this idea several weeks in advance with many coworkers. You might want to try the secret Santa idea where names are exchanged. But you only want to do this if most of your coworkers are in favor of this idea.
• Respecting other people’s religious beliefs can be a tricky issue in some offices. If you know that there are many religious beliefs being practiced among your coworkers, you might want to skip the Christmas tree, and some of the more obvious decorations. You could still decorate with candles and use a more winter type theme.
• Consider whether you want to throw this party at the office or outside the office? Again, you should consult your coworkers on what they wish to do. You could have a small gathering right in your office, in a conference room or something of the sort or you could go for a bigger party outside the office and bring along dates.
• Remember the bigger the party the more money that will be spent. If you opt for a bigger party, suggest that others will have to ship in on the costs.
• Alcohol? Should alcohol be served or not? The main question will be what time of the day this party will be held? If it is during lunchtime, than it isn’t appropriate to serve alcohol. If it is after work, it is up to what the crowd wishes.
A holiday office party is a great way to get to know your coworkers on a more intimate level. It is also a great way to celebrate the holidays.