Anytime is the perfect time to show employees how much their hard work is appreciated. A great opportunity to celebrate goals and achievements, a festive, fun office party can boost morale, allow employees to connect without having to think about work, and give everyone the opportunity to socialize, celebrate and relax. With a little planning and imagination, throwing the perfect office party is a snap.
Decide on a date for the office party early on
Poll employees and narrow down the date to one that accommodates as many people as possible. Give adequate advance notice of when and where the party will be held and request that employees save the date.
Choose a convenient location
Arrange transportation for people who want it. Make sure employees can get to and from the venue easily. Green Mill Catering features a variety of unique locations to accommodate your event. Many of our restaurants are part of hotel complexes and offer full-service banquet facilities, while others feature unique gathering spaces perfect for more intimate or smaller events. If the party is held in the office, make sure it’s in an area of the building that is conducive to social gatherings. Invest in festive decorations and transform the space from work to play.
Seek input from staff
Ask employees what they’d like in an office party. What kinds of food and music would they enjoy? Green Mill Catering has a large variety of food that can please any crowd! Do they have any creative suggestions for themes or activities for guests to enjoy? Would they prefer a formal or informal affair?
Choose a fun theme
Theme parties are a blast to throw and can provide the foundation for the rest of the creative planning process like the menu and decorations. Some favorites include: disco, luau, casino, 80s prom, costumes, and masquerade ball.
Provide unique entertainment and activities
Adding unique elements like interactive food stations, games, raffles (with good prizes!), professional DJs or bands, and photo booths are a really fun way to keep guests entertained and engaged during the office party. From karaoke to dancing, these special touches encourage people to mingle and have fun, and provide great memories long after the party is over. Activities like scavenger hunts are a great way for employees to connect and work as a team. Creative party favors and prizes are always a good idea, too. Everybody loves a little something special. Party favors or goodie bags are easy to do and inexpensive.
Serve fresh, high-quality food
What’s a party without delicious, festive food? Make it clear ahead of time whether a full meal will be offered or if it will simply be appetizers and treats. Provide a variety of items with unique options that will suit all different kinds of tastes and don’t forget the vegetarian options.
Green Mill Catering
Whether you’re planning a large or small office party, Green Mill Catering can help you create the perfect event. We offer full-service catering for groups of all sizes at the location of your choice, and are always willing to design custom menus for any occasion or venue whether it is in your home, office, or at public and private venues. Our restaurants can be reserved for parties as well.
Throwing a great office party doesn’t require a large budget or endless planning. Whether it’s a backyard BBQ or a catered affair at a country club, office parties allow for personal connections between employees, as well as time for everyone to come together and celebrate the previous year’s successes. Spending time with coworkers and employees is what’s important, so remember to have fun!