See How to Throw Great Office Party on a Budget
Keeping your employees happy is as crucial for your business as keeping your office clean and welcoming. You know your team worked hard over the past months and they deserve a nice Christmas party this year. However, your company is small and you can’t allow spending a fortune on fancy celebration. Don’t worry – there are plenty of ways to throw an awesome party at your office when on a budget.
Pre-party Clean up
There is nothing festive about documents and used coffee cups scattered around the place. On the day before the party give your employees some time to clean up and tidy their desks and join them – there is nothing more motivating, than seeing your manager working side by side with you. Turn on the radio and this task can turn into fun and bonding experience for you and your colleagues. It will be good to put away some furnishings before the party starts to leave place for your colleagues to move around and mingle.
Tidying up is the first step for turning your office into a party area. Take out the Christmas decorations and put them with your team. When decorating, remember – less is often more. There is no need to cover everything in garlands, blinking lights and cheesy figurines. Think about details – instead of buying cheap plastic bowls for nuts and crackers invest in a few nice porcelain ones, don’t get the cheapest (and the ugliest paper) napkins and plastic cups. All these small touches have big impact and will transform your office into cosy, welcoming and festive place for the party.
Set the Mood
Even if you clean up and decorate the place, your Christmas party won’t be good if there is no music. Think about good sound – desk speakers, and laptop speakers don’t count. Of course – there’s no need to rent a concert quality sound system. But you can always bring better speakers from your home, or even invest in a small, but good set of speakers for the office. It is a good idea to prepare a playlist for the celebration. It can be theme songs, a compilation of music of your choice, or just ask your colleagues to prepare some tracks they like for the party.
Food and Drinks
There’s no need for extravagant dishes and boutique liqueurs when throwing a Christmas party at the office. However, you can’t get away with nuts, crackers and beer. The ideal menu for an office party is small cocktail bites, mix of nuts, light salads and a plate of cheese. Buy 2-3 different kinds of alcohol – don’t choose the cheapest brands – you want to give your team a good time, not a headache on the next morning.
Putting the Office in Order
At last, but not least, you should plan ahead how to put the place in order. It is not very nice to ask your team to clean up right after the Christmas party. Spare some time on the next morning to tidy up, collect the used plastic cups, and put the furnishings back to place. As you know, accidents happen and there is a great chance to end up with food or beverage spills after the party is over. Plan ahead and book office cleaners to deal with the mess, remove stains and refresh the carpets.
This is it! Follow these 5 steps to organise the perfect office party this Christmas!