There are many good reasons to throw a party for employees. Maybe it’s a holiday, someone’s birthday, a work anniversary, or just to show appreciation. Whatever the reason, a party can be a great way to boost morale and show your team that you care. Unfortunately, a fair number of parties fail. If you’ve ever been to an awkward office party, you know how uncomfortable they can be.
To avoid this, follow these tips on how to throw a memorable party for your employees.
Food and Drinks
A party without food and drinks is like a cake without icing – it’s just not as good. When planning your party, include plenty of both.
You can hire a catering service. Or if you’re on a tight budget, consider potluck-style meals where everyone brings their own dish. This can also be a great way to get everyone involved.
Then, for drinks, even if you plan on serving alcohol, have plenty of non-alcoholic options as well. And make sure there’s enough of both for everyone.
No party is complete without some form of entertainment. This could be anything from music to games. You don’t want your employees to have no choice but to resort to talking about demanding clients and retirement plans.
For a really memorable party, hire a popular band or DJ that everyone will enjoy. But if you can’t afford live entertainment, create a playlist. You can even ask for music suggestions beforehand so you know that everyone will love the final playlist.
Games are another great way to keep things interesting. They help people break the ice and can be a lot of fun. Just be sure to choose games that everyone can participate in and that won’t cause any arguments like Pictionary or Uno.
While not essential, decorations can help set the mood and make your party more memorable. If you’re stuck for ideas, take a look at Pinterest or Google for inspiration.
Balloons, streamers, and banners are always popular choices. You can also get creative with things like table decorations, lights, and even themed parties. The sky’s the limit when it comes to decorating, so have fun with it.
Giving away souvenirs is one of the top ways to make any party more memorable.
There are lots of different types of souvenirs you can give out. The most popular choice is often a mug or pen with the company logo on it. But you can also get creative and give out items like keychains, magnets, or even custom-made t-shirts.
Whatever souvenirs you choose, be careful not to leave any employees out when you’re handing them out. You don’t want the party to be memorable for the wrong reason.
Throwing a memorable party for your employees doesn’t have to be difficult. Just follow these tips and you’re sure to have success. Your team will appreciate the effort and everyone will have a great time.