With Christmas round the corner and the holiday spirit seeping into everyone, it’s the perfect time to organize an office party that celebrates the year gone by. An office party is an important event for employers to show their appreciation to their staff and encourage bonding between colleagues in a more relaxed setting.
Offices are known to have ups and downs, pay hikes and salary cuts, back-stabbers and buck-passers, but Christmas is always a great leveler. It’s the perfect time to put all grievances aside and have some good ol’ fashioned festive fun!
But is it really fun for the person planning the party? If you’ve been saddled with the responsibility of organizing a Christmas shindig for your colleagues, you’ll soon wonder if you’ve bitten off more than you can chew.
Since it’s so much more than just putting up a tree and organizing some food and music, you could be a little democratic and ask for ideas and opinions. But coming to a consensus will be next to impossible! Your best option would be to do the research and just go with your gut. There are a lot of interesting and affordable Christmas party venues in Sydney … just make sure your party has all the right ingredients to make it a success!
So, what does it take to avoid being booed and pull off a great Christmas party that will be talked about in the coming year? It ain’t no rocket science, that’s for sure; but you’ll still find yourself fretting over the details like it’s a ‘do or die event’ that requires all your attention!
Here’s what you should focus your attention on: A great venue, great entertainment, great food and drinks and great music! So, first things first… If you’re in Sydney, there’s no venue that could top Sydney Harbour… And, if you’re thinking about the harbour, what’s the first thing that jumps right at you… a Christmas Party Cruise on Sydney Harbour!
There are numerous party cruises to choose from, but ideally you should go for one that offers an all-inclusive package. Depending on your budget and the number of people attending, you could choose to either charter a cruise or just a private deck. And ideally, choose a cruise that offers an event management team to help you execute every last detail. This could really take the weight off your shoulders.
Your menu, beverage, theme and entertainment inclusions can also be tailored to meet your budget constraints. If you can’t afford a DJ, you could bring a rocking playlist of your own, round up a group of office carolers and organize some fun party games that are guaranteed to get the crowd going.
Besides, what’s an office party without Secret Santa? The run up to the Secret Santa revelation can begin weeks in advance when everyone’s picked a co-worker’s name out of a hat. With hints, clues and secret notes being passed, the whole office will be looking forward to that party day when all will be revealed. But, make sure there’s a spending limit as people can go overboard with their gifts!
But if Secret Santa’s been played often, you can shake things up a little with ‘White Elephant’. Here too, everyone in the office is given a spending limit and asked to buy a gift and wrap it up. At your Christmas party, all these gifts of varying shapes, sizes and colours will be placed under a Christmas tree. Then everyone picks a number out of a hat. And starting from one, in ascending order, people can choose a gift from under the tree and unwrap it.
But here’s the twist… If someone doesn’t want to unwrap one or if they don’t like what they’ve unwrapped, they can steal a gift from someone else. But, each gift can be stolen only three times before it is frozen with the person holding it. This is one game that can really churn out a lot of laughs and fun!
So, get that corporate Christmas party going and end the year on a high!