Some office party suggestions:
The infamous office party is often viewed with impending doom. It's
reputation often precedes itself and has resulted in the end of many
a career. How can the trappings of the evil office party be avoided?
Here are some party planning and etiquette tips that hopefully will
help you survive.
* Set a date and time for the office party that is convenient for
all involved. Try not to make it on a date when there is other
important business commitments.
* Select an alternative location for the party if it is decided not
to have the party at the office.
* Determine how the office party will be financed and/or sponsored.
* Choose a party theme. This can be helpful in deciding food choices
* Send out a memo at least three weeks in advance. If the party is
being held away from the office, send out invitations at least three
weeks in advance. Make sure a RSVP date is included on the
* Plan some activities for the party (e.g. games, entertainment,
gift giving, etc.).
* Have breakfast or lunch instead of an evening office party. This
can allow employees to include their families in the festivities.
* Have a brunch in a restaurant instead of an on-premise office
party. Allow for dancing following the meal.
* Have the employees to donate gifts to a charitable organization
and collect these at the party instead of exchanging gifts.
* Try an indoor carnival with proceeds going to a charity.
* Plan a volunteer activity with a local charity.
* Have employees display their talent through funny skits and/or
* Have the employees decide whether or not they want to have a party
or donate the money that would be used for the party to a charitable
* If there is an evening party planned and alcohol is served, make
sure that arrangements are made for taxis to take people home or
arrange a designated driver system.
* Make sure there is enough help for the party. If catered,
determine what assistance will be needed.
* Make sure there are plenty of alternative, non-alcoholic beverages
* Because remembering guests and spouses names is difficult, festive
nametags should be provided to help reduce the faux pas of
* If the party is being held in a non-smoking building, make sure to
make accommodations for smokers.
* Consider making two punch bowls, one with alcohol and one without
alcohol. Keep the non-alcohol bowl constantly full.
* Have a potluck party making a sign-up list of what is needed to
Above all else, HAVE FUN!