It’s almost that time. What time, you ask? The time for candy canes, hot chocolate, crowded malls, and planning your company party. In the past, your parties haven’t been bad, but this year you really want to rock it. You want the party that your employees will be talking about until the next one comes around.
Luckily for you, we have six steps that will take your party from mediocre to mind-blowing. So start planning today – you don’t want to have to rush things at the end!
Step One: Pick a theme.
Every good party has a theme. Whether it’s as simple as Winter Wonderland or as intricate as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, you should have some kind of focus around which you can craft the rest of the party! Here are some of our favorite suggestions:
- A Christmas Story: Dress up as the characters from this iconic movie and decorate accordingly. Don’t forget the leg lamp!
- Masquerade: This is a great option for a more formal, classy party. All the guests must wear a mask as they mingle and maybe even hit the dance floor.
- Santa’s Workshop: If you love cute, kitschy decorations, this one is for you. Find corresponding games and make sure that Santa makes an appearance!
- Candy Store: Here’s your excuse to have candy everywhere! Decorate cookies, get candy-cane striped table cloths, and eat all the sugar you want.
- Ugly Sweater: This one is a classic, but your guests are sure to love it! Make sure you have an awesome prize for the person with the tackiest getup.
For the sake of this blog post, we’re going to be using the Ugly Sweater theme, but feel free to adapt any of these ideas to whatever theme you choose!
Step Two: Send invitations.
People love getting invitations. It’s that perfect personal touch to make your employees feel appreciated and gives them something to hang on their fridge to remind them about the party. Here are a few of the best invitations we’ve seen! Click on the pictures to see the shops that sell these.
Step Three: Plan the food.
If you don’t have food, you might as well not even have a party. You have two main options: either make it a potluck, or provide the food. Most parties are opting for an assortment of appetizers and treats as opposed to a full meal. Here are some of the finest of each.
- Spinach artichoke dip: This is always a crowd pleaser and is super easy to throw together. See the recipe here.
- Christmas tree pull apart: How can you not love delicious bread in the shape of a holiday icon? Learn how to make this by clicking here.
- Pinecone cheese ball: Serve this with some crackers for a festive take on a classic hors d’oeuvre. View the instructions.
- Anything and everything peppermint: Check out these recipes to find everything from peppermint brownies to candy cane marshmallows. Try to keep your mouth from watering.
- Holiday themed cookies: Everyone loves a good cookie, especially if it’s shaped like a melting snowman! See the instructions here.
- Mini caramel apples: Kind of like cake pops, except they’re apples covered in delectable caramel! Plus, the fact that they’re mini means no mess. Learn how here.
Of course, if you want someone else to do the work for you, we can arrange that! Take some time to look at all the new items on this year’s Temple Square catering Christmas menu!
Step Four: Choose the games.
Playing some games at your party is a great way to not only entertain your guests, but also to learn more about your employees and grow closer as a company. These are some of our favorites.
- Karaoke: Surely, someone in your company owns a karaoke machine. Get a cheap CD of holiday songs and let your employees sing their hearts out to “Jingle Bell Rock.”
- White elephant: Let your guests know that they should bring a funny and unique gift for the white elephant exchange, and then set aside time to pass them around. Everyone is sure to get a laugh when someone opens a gift to find a tube of bacon flavored toothpaste.
- Raffle prizes: Throughout the party, give out raffle prizes. They could be employee awards, special holiday treats, or maybe a gift card to a restaurant near your office.
- Ugly sweater contest: No ugly sweater party is complete without a prize for the person with the best sweater! Make it something good so everyone will want to win!
Step Five: Decorate.
Depending on your theme, you might want to come up with your own decorations to match. (Pinterest is always a good resource!) Here are some simple but cute touches to add to any holiday party. Click on the pictures to see the source.
Step 6: Party!
Now that you have your party planned, you can relax and enjoy it! However, it can be hard to have a party without a venue – which is where we come in! The Joseph Smith Memorial Building and the Lion House are the perfect places to have your party.
Centrally located in Salt Lake City, we have tons of rooms to choose from and plenty of accommodations for you and your guests. Plus, we can help you in the planning process! Send us a message today to see what we have to offer and to get in touch with an event coordinator. We’d love to have you!
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