It’s December, the party season is revved up and ready to go, and anything that hasn’t been planned already will have to take shape ASAP. With limited planning time, your best bet will be something that’s easy to implement, has an element of fun and engages attendees. Here are some ideas to help you get the ball rolling.
If the organization you’re planning for has had to cut back financially or otherwise, think of the holiday party as a morale booster. Incorporate exciting entertainment such as a comedic stage hypnotist and eye-catching décor like artisan wreaths and custom dance floors. The event also can involve a charitable activity such as a food, coat or toy drive.
If you’re celebrating achievements, give attendees the star treatment with an event held at a high-tech planetarium. Many local colleges and universities rent out their facilities for private parties and also offer add-ons such as light shows, so check with them before paying top dollar at a city planetarium.
Since food is a must, why not do something different this year and spotlight the local cuisine by bringing in a chef for interactive demonstrations? Contact top restaurants in your area to see if their chef might be interested. It doesn’t have to be a TV personality, as long they’re engaging and able to teach the crowd. Or, enlist co-workers’ aid to fashion a potluck luncheon.
For dessert, create some healthy office rivalry with “Cupcake Wars,” a decorating contest where teams are judged on technique, creativity, teamwork and, of course, taste. Buy plain cupcakes and an assortment of frosting, sprinkles and candies, as well as spatulas and disposable piping bags. The winning team gets bragging rights and inexpensive token gifts. Continue the friendly competition with DIY holiday scavenger hunts and other team-building games.
Everyone’s been to a holiday dinner party, but what about a holiday brunch? This can easily take place at the office with a festive cocktail or smoothie, and a few dishes from a cool breakfast eatery.
If you live in a city with a historic trolley or rail system, consider making your celebration a moveable feast. Many local companies will offer holiday themed tours this time of year. Some rail lines will allow on-board catering, or you can use them as shuttles to and from activities.
Don’t forget to investigate seasonal party packages at entertainment centers that offer arcade games, Whirly Ball, laser tag, bowling or other amusements. All-inclusive packages at such venues can be your best option for pulling together something fun, festive and unusual at the last minute.