- Select a Fun Venue
Our holiday party was at Dave and Busters, and we gave all the staff a certain amount of credits towards playing games. By having games and other activities going on, it gives people the chance to interact more than if they were standing around and sipping a cocktail.
- Extend the Invite
By inviting family to the party, you can finally meet those people that your co-workers always talk about. It’s nice to put a face to a name, and get to know your co-workers in a different way than just at the office. Plus, if they bring their kids that’s always a bonus.
- Provide Some Good Eats
We know everyone’s favorite part about holiday parties is munching on some good eats and tasty treats. Make sure your work party doesn’t slack on this! It was easy for us to do this because we were at a restaurant, so it was nice to leave the prep in the hands of someone else and just sit back and enjoy. If you have a party at a restaurant, try talking with the establishment beforehand so see if they could craft a limited menu for you staff to choose from, or set up the food options ahead of time with some input from your staff. Our party had a buffet style meal, which allowed everyone to try different things.
- Give Out Prizes and Raffles
The holiday season is a great time to give extra thanks to your employees, and by handing out prizes and doing a raffle is a nice extra treat. Some simple but useful prizes are: movie tickets, gas gift cards, restaurant vouchers, retail store gift cards. Our grand prize was a three hour dinner cruise for two on the Hornblower here in San Diego!