Time to Shake up Your Annual Christmas Party
Have you been tasked with organising this year’s Christmas party? Maybe it’s time to switch things up and end the year with a memorable event, as opposed to the same old office party. Many companies get stuck in a rut when it comes to Christmas parties and end up eating the same dry Christmas turkey dinner in the same old hotel, year after year.
As much as we all enjoy indulging in glorious food and alcohol, until we wishfully place ourselves back into our cosy homes, this year we think it’s time to think outside the box and push the boat out a little bit. The annual Christmas party is an opportunity to not only show your employees your gratitude for their hard work, but to strengthen the team dynamic by getting to know each other a little better.
So – why not ruffle up your yearly routine and try something new to enhance the team’s relationships? Here’s our list of out of the box client Christmas party ideas!
I suppose you’re thinking ‘Mafia? What on earth has organised crime got to do with Christmas?’ Well this is where you’re mistaken – Christmas is all about the togetherness of your community. Whether it be family or friends, it’s quality time to come together and celebrate those around you. So, what better way to encourage workplace connection than with team building games. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love games at Christmas? So, without going off on a tangent; Mafia is a social deduction game with a great opportunity to test how well you really know your colleagues. The game has two phases; night, when the Mafia might secretly “murder” an innocent, and “day” when Innocents vote to eliminate a Mafiosi suspect. The game ends when all the Mafia members are eliminated or there are more Mafia members than Innocents. You could even make it a theme throughout the night by hosting the event in a specific location and asking your attendees to dress up accordingly to the theme.
2. On the topic of themes – How about a throwback to your favourite era?
Corporate events don’t have to be boring. Respectively, everybody loves to pretend to be someone else every once in a while, so why not create an era themed party where everyone gets a chance to dress as their alter ego from a different decade. Bringing together the fun of costume parties with the irresistible appeal of nostalgia, who could possibly decline? Besides, once the decade has been picked, it’s plain sailing from there. The music, food and other aspects are easier to plan around a theme.
3. Murder Mystery
Thinking of a more interactive out of the box approach? How does a murder mystery dinner sound? Treat your team to a night of intriguing and interactive fun with a murder mystery dinner. You might even find out something new about your colleagues.
4. Office Awards
Have you got a largely populated office and often struggle to create events that are inclusive for everyone? An awards night is ideal! Show your team how much your really appreciate them – host an engaging awards show and get everyone involved. By created light-hearted, comical categories everyone is bound to have a laugh as you elect your employees possibly giving them titles to be remembered by in the office.
5. Dark Dining
Maybe your favourite aspect of Christmas is the food. Well since you’re on this topic of out of the ordinary party ideas, don’t expect any conventional Christmas dinners. Not to dishearten you, dinner is still on the cards – but how about dining in the dark? Excite your senses and remove the visual aspects of dining; it supposedly enhances the other senses and increases gastronomic pleasure. You could even make it more exciting (I know, who would’ve thought) by creating a competitive element for your team, making them guess the dishes and awarding points followed by a prize to who identified the most. With regards to the location of this event, there are in fact various restaurants that provide this experience; however, they are fairly sparse and may not be local to you. Despite this set back, you could easily create a similar experience in a location of your choice – all you need is food, company and a private dining area where you can turn out the lights.
And there you have it, five out of the box Christmas party ideas to consider for your next Christmas party that are sure to pleasantly surprise your clients and reinvigorate that Christmas spirit.
We hope that you find this post useful when brainstorming ideas for your next Christmas party. Please feel free to comment below and share any of your out of the box Christmas party ideas!
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