Setting the Atmosphere for Your Holiday Party


Corporate parties are a great way to get creative and inject some holiday spirit among employees and even get some networking in. These parties are also an opportunity to let your team know how much you valued and appreciated their hard work over the past year. Here are some fun and fresh activities that you could use to spice up the usual holiday party this year.

Mix Networking and Fun

Rent or Create Photo Booths:
With the world of Instagram, creating or renting a photo booth is a great way to attract and engage your employees. You can improvise on it by having a snowy backdrop with a string of fairy lights and Santa hats. Encourage your guests to take a picture with someone new in exchange for a free drink ticket.

BYOB Paint Night:
A BYOB wine and paint night is a great way to get your employees involved in the holiday festivities. Encourage your team to bring out their creativity on canvas with a glass of their favorite wine. Research BYOB art studios such as Bottle and Bottega located in Chicago or private event rooms in your area where a paint night could take place.

Build-In Team Bonding

Volunteering as a Team:
Giving back to the community is another way to share joy and happiness during the holiday season. Host a food and clothing drive as a team and deliver canned goods and warm clothes to the homeless or volunteer at an animal shelter. After you’ve finished volunteering, celebrate your team by hitting the bar for a drink to reminisce on the good deeds your employees did this holiday season.

Host a Movie Night:
Rent a Christmas movie and a projector for your employees on a Friday night after work. Have your team enjoy the movie by providing cups of hot chocolate, apple cider and even some spiked eggnog.

Feeling inspired to plan a holiday party, but don’t know where to start? Use these ideas as a starter and get creative to plan your office party. Poll some of these ideas with your employees to see which idea they find the most fun. Whether your holiday party is taking place in the office or at another location, these tips are a great place to start planning the best Christmas party your office has ever seen.