When it comes to corporate holiday parties, we’ve seen everything. From the traditional sit-down dinner with a buffet and entertainment to cocktail-themed parties with live music. And we’ve done them all.
If your company wants something different for its next holiday party, consider some of these ideas:
1. Virtual Event with Themed Cocktail Kits
You're probably not in the habit of thinking about cocktail kits, but they can be a great way to add an extra layer of fun and creativity to your corporate event. Think of them as pre-made mixers that come in cute packages that make it easy for your guests to serve themselves at their table.
Cocktail kits are especially useful if you're planning a seated dinner or buffet style affair because they allow everyone to make their own drinks right at their seats. This makes it easier on servers since they don't have to run around serving everyone, and it gives guests more control over what goes into their drink!
The best part about cocktail kits is that there are lots of ways for you get creative with them—and we'll help you do just that.
2. Virtual Holiday Party with an Interactive Culinary Experience
Virtual holiday parties are becoming increasingly popular as they allow you to host a virtual holiday party from anywhere, from home to the office or even from your favorite restaurant.
If you're interested in hosting a virtual holiday party for your employees this year, here are some tips on how to make it work:
- Pick a date for the event. You can schedule the event any time of year, but December is always popular because of all of the holidays and festivities surrounding it (including Christmas Eve).
- Plan a menu based on what people like most about your company's culture and values.
For example: if one thing at your company reflects its unique culture most strongly is seafood then create a seafood-themed menu for everyone!
Or if one thing at your company expresses its values best is being welcoming then create an opening icebreaker where each employee introduces themselves by saying something nice about another person in their department/team/etcetera!
Try incorporating foods that represent different countries around the world too -- this would be especially fun if everyone brought dishes from their own culture as well!
3. At-Home Holiday Cooking Class
One of the best ways to bring employees together is through a cooking class. This can be done in the office, at home, online or in person with a private chef. The great thing about this event is that you can make it as simple or as complicated as you like depending on your resources and budget.
It's important to consider what type of foods are best suited for your company culture and interests before deciding which menu options would work best for your guests. For example:
- If your employees love Mexican food then consider doing tacos or burritos!
- If they love Italian food, then go ahead and serve up some pizza!
- And if everyone loves Asian cuisine then maybe try out some sushi rolls?
4. Release Your Artistic Side with an Interactive Craft Project
Art is good for the soul. It’s a well-known fact, but what if you could connect your employees to their creative side during the holiday party?
Interactive craft projects are an amazing way to get people involved in the festivities, and it doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult! You can do something as simple as paint a wooden board and have each person decorate their own.
You could also do something more elaborate like making custom candles with everyone’s names on them; this will take some prep time beforehand so make sure you plan ahead.
By encouraging art at your corporate event, you're giving free reign over creativity while promoting collaboration and communication between employees.
5. Get Creative in the Kitchen with a Private Chef
If you’re looking for a corporate holiday party idea that will be both fun and help your employees bond, then check out a private chef.
Private Chefs can either be hired to cook meals for large groups of people or they can teach individuals how to cook their own food. This is great because it allows employees to feel more comfortable in the kitchen and makes them feel more empowered overall. Employees will appreciate being able to learn new skills while having fun with their colleagues at work.
If you’re not sure what kind of meal would work best with this type of event, consider having your private chef come up with some ideas based on what foods are popular right now or what local ingredients are currently available (or both!).
6. Virtual Bingo Night with Gift Card Giveaways
Virtual bingo is a fun and interactive game that can be played virtually or in person.
A virtual bingo night is a great way to bring the office together for an evening of fun, especially if you don't have much space for a large party. If you want to use it as a fundraiser, you could auction off the prize cards or donate them to charity (like Make-A-Wish).
7. Record a Group Holiday Greeting and Share with Clients and Partners
Try recording a group message for your clients and partners. This is one of the many ways to celebrate the holidays in a creative way with your colleagues, without going over budget.
The best part about this type of message is that it can also be used as a marketing tool.
You can use social media to share the video with clients and partners by posting it on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
If you want to go even further, you can send the greeting via email or share it on your company website so that everyone sees how much fun you had at work!
8. Catered Lunch or Dinner – We’ll Bring It to You!
When it comes to corporate holiday parties, you can’t go wrong with a catered lunch or dinner. It’s a great way to make sure everyone is happy and well fed.
However, if you’re not careful, things can get out of hand quickly. Here are some things you need to consider when choosing a caterer:
- Will they provide quality food?
- What is their experience in this field?
- Are they easy to work with?
If you answer all three questions positively, then look no further—you have found your match!
These holiday party ideas will bring your employees together and have them looking forward to the year ahead.
Holiday parties are a great way to bring your employees together, and they can be used as a marketing tool. The holidays are a time of year when we celebrate family, love, and friendship.
These corporate holiday party ideas will help you create an unforgettable event that your staff will remember long after the last gift has been opened or gift card activated.
As an added bonus, these events can also be used as a way to thank your employees for their hard work throughout the year!
Whether you’re planning a holiday party for your employees or just want to have some fun for the holidays, these ideas will make your event memorable.
Remember, the most important thing when planning an event is to get everyone involved and excited about being there! Just like we’ll be doing at The Event Planner Expo in October before we kick off the holiday party season! Click here to join us!